Many of us have no choice but to move our loved ones into nursing homes, and we can only hope that nursing home management and staff will treat them as we would. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. In fact, nursing homes are frequently reported for acts of neglect or abuse. If you suspect that your loved one is a victim of nursing home neglect or abuse, you should speak with a Kaufman County, Texas nursing home neglect lawyer as soon as you can. Often, these matters are extremely time-sensitive, so contact Harrell & Paulson, LLP today so we can get started.
Kaufman County Lawyer Fighting for Nursing Home Neglect Victims in Texas
Nothing is worse than someone betraying your trust. If you trusted a facility to care for your loved one, they fell below the legally acceptable standard of care, and your loved one was injured as a result, we are here to help you. Unfortunately, when nursing homes come under scrutiny, they will frequently hire aggressive legal teams to defend them from any accusations of negligence or wrongdoing. This is why you must also hire an aggressive, competent Kaufman, Texas personal injury attorney who can fight for the justice your loved one deserves.
Warning Signs of Nursing Home Neglect/Abuse
One thing that makes detecting nursing home negligence or abuse complicated is that abuse can come in many forms. In some cases, a nursing home resident may trip and fall because of staff inattentiveness, resulting in a bruise or another physical injury. In other cases, abuse can be emotional or psychological, such as when nursing home staff threatens or otherwise purposefully frightens nursing home residents. In this case, the abuse may be a bit more challenging to detect. That said, there are several potential warning signs of abuse that you should look out for. They are as follows:
- Bruises, broken bones, or other injuries
- Developing bedsores
- Being fearful of certain nursing home staff members
- Possessions going missing
- Evidence of malnourishment
- Dangerous living conditions, such as unclean water or air
Reporting Nursing Home Abuse/Neglect in Texas
If you notice one or more of the aforementioned potential signs of abuse/neglect, you should take several steps to document the abuse/neglect and report it to the appropriate parties. If you believe your loved one is in immediate danger, you should call the police, take pictures of their injuries and the conditions that caused the injuries, and ensure your loved one receives immediate medical treatment. You should also report the incident(s) of abuse to nursing home ownership and call the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services at (800) 458-9858. Finally, you should retain the services of an experienced Kaufman County, Texas nursing home neglect lawyer. If we can prove the nursing home harmed your loved one either intentionally or as a result of negligence, we should win your claim and attain the justice you deserve.
Contact a Kaufman County, Texas Nursing Home Neglect Lawyer
Nursing home neglect or abuse is sickening, and no one should ever have to face it. However, if your loved one is a victim, you shouldn’t face it alone. Contact the aggressive and compassionate legal team here at Harrell & Paulson, LLP today to schedule your free case evaluation with our firm.