Houston Nursing Home Injury Lawyer
Elder neglect and abuse are two subjects no one likes to think about. The idea that someone could be so negligent or cruel as to cause a vulnerable, defenseless elderly person harm is heinous. Unfortunately, thousands of negligence-related nursing home injuries occur every year. In New York alone, 260,000 older adults reported being victims of some form of nursing home neglect or abuse. Furthermore, studies found the rate of elder abuse occurs nearly 24 times more often than what people report. It is unknown just how many nursing home residents suffer from preventable injuries every year.
The effects of nursing home neglect or abuse can be permanent. Abuse can lead to serious physical impairments, swift declines in health, and mental and emotional harms. Financial elder abuse can destroy an elderly person’s future and the financial stability of the family. Whether a nursing home staff member, manager, or owner is responsible for nursing home injuries, the injured victim or his/her family has the right to pursue a civil liability claim. In Houston, come to Attorney Brian White for legal assistance.
Common Negligence-Related Nursing Home Injuries
Not all injuries sustained in a nursing home stem from negligence. Some injuries are pure accidents, with no party necessarily at fault. However, many injuries do result from negligence or abuse. Follow up any nursing home injury with an investigation into the cause and nature of the accident. If you detect anything suspicious, report your concerns to authorities at the nursing home, or the Houston Police Department. Injuries that often stem from elder abuse and neglect include:
- Hand-shaped marks or bruises
- Bruises in areas that are usually covered, like the torso
- Burn marks
- Marks from improper use of restraints
- Unexplained injuries
- Slip and fall injuries
- Genital/upper thigh injuries (signs of sexual abuse)
- Bed sores
- Poor hygiene
Nursing home injuries aren’t only skin deep. Mental and emotional abuse can lead to trauma that doesn’t show physical signs. Visit your loved one often, and make note of any changes in his or her behaviors or personality. Signs of abuse include withdrawal from favorite activities, isolating oneself, and expressing feelings of shame, guilt, or fear. If your elderly loved one tries to tell you about abuse, do not assume he or she is confused, lying, or mistaken. Take all allegations seriously, and follow up with an investigation.
Fight for Your Loved One’s Rights
As soon as you suspect nursing home abuse or neglect, withdraw your loved one from the facility. The safety and health of the elderly person is top priority. Then, try to remedy the problem through the nursing home and local authorities. It is important to shed light on possible elder abuse before other residents become victims. Next, contact an attorney. Your injured loved one may have the right to sue the facility, an employee, and/or a third party for his or her suffering and financial losses.
Elder neglect and abuse is a terrible reality that no one should have to live with. Don’t let your loved one suffer in silence. Seek help from injury attorney Brian White to put an end to elder abuse and receive compensation for your loved one’s medical bills, financial losses, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. Our team can investigate the nursing home facility, file a claim if applicable, and help you fight for justice.
Contact a Nursing Home Injury Attorney
If we can’t come to a satisfactory settlement agreement with the defendant, we aren’t afraid to take your case to the next step – a personal injury trial in front of a judge. With our lawyers by your side, this difficult process can be much easier on you and your loved one. To speak with us during a free consultation, submit our contact form.