Pascoe Law FirmNursing Home Abuse Lawyer
Principal office located in Friendswood, Texas.
Available to service League City, Webster, Pearland, Galveston, and the surrounding areas within Texas.
Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
Nursing home abuse is not something commonly talked about. However, nursing home abuse is something that needs to be talked about and is a real problem. It is a difficult topic to discuss because no one wants to think or hear about someone they love being abused or neglected. It is horrible act to victimize the elderly and those who need assistance. Many of the elderly are in a nursing home because they cannot care for themselves and need the assistance of others as they age. While it might not be the easiest of subjects to talk about it is important to actively discuss this topic if you believe nursing home abuse or neglect is occurring. Nursing home abuse is not something that needs to stay behind closed doors; it should be discussed openly and addressed. Unfortunately, many of the elderly can be in poor health or fail and unable to fight against their attackers. A major cause of nursing home neglect is low-paid, poorly trained staff combined with management that is focused on profits. Nursing home staff may fail to monitor residents and neglect their care. In some egregious cases, staff has been found to abuse residents. Bed sores are an all-too-common problem in nursing homes. If the bed sores are un-diagnosed or untreated, gangrene and life-threatening infection can result. It is important in a nursing home to get appropriate medical attention, to administer medicines at the right times and in the right doses, and to perform medical procedures in accordance with accepted practices.
Signs of Nursing Home Abuse and Elderly Care Abuse
Our Nursing home negligence lawyer recommends has provided signs to recognize nursing home abuse. While bed sores are one of the most easily recognizable warning signs that abuse or neglect may be occurring at a nursing home or other care facility; there is other signs to keep an open eye for include: Bruising, scratches, lacerations and other cuts or sores,
- Burns or red marks on the arms, legs, wrists and/or ankles,
- Broken bones,
- Unclean appearance, poor hygiene, dirty hair, unclean clothes and bed linens,
- Unexplained weight loss, and dehydration.
Nursing home negligence or abuse is not limited to physical abuse. Residents also can be abused emotionally, which can be much more difficult to detect because the only signs may be behavioral changes. Some of the types of behaviors that may indicate emotional abuse include:
- Fear, anxiety, confusion, disorientation and other signs of over-medication,
- Depression, sad or upset,
- Unexplained quietness, withdrawn, no longer talkative,
- Agitated, aggressive, angry, or
- Secretive behavior
In some cases, nursing home residents may be financially exploited by either those who work at the facility or by family members or friends. Examples of financial exploitation include making unauthorized withdrawals from a nursing home resident’s bank account, check forgery or illegally taking other personal property from the resident.