Houston Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
If you suspect that your elderly loved one has suffered abuse in a nursing home, contact a nursing home abuse attorney in Houston to seek justice on their behalf and hold the negligent parties accountable.
When you admit your elderly family member in a nursing home, your hope is that the nursing home will treat your loved one with the utmost care and respect. Unfortunately, nursing home abuse can and does take place, and your family member may experience mistreatment in a number of ways.
Nursing home abuse may not be easy to identify at first, depending on how vocal the victim is. It’s important to remain aware at all times of your loved one’s behavior when in a nursing home so abuse can be detected as soon as possible. At Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP, a Houston nursing home abuse lawyer can help you identify abuse and prove negligence against all liable parties.
How to Identify Abuse in Nursing Homes
You expect your elderly loved one to be well taken care of when you put them in a nursing home. When you notice that your family member’s behavior or care has changed in some way, this may be a sign of abuse. It’s important to be aware of common identifiers of abuse so that, when you go to visit your loved one, you can check for these things. Common signs of abuse in nursing homes include the following:
- Unexplainable cuts or bruises
- Lack of communication
- Personality or mood changes
- Bedsores, which can develop when your family member is left in bed for too long
- Bad hygiene, such as body odor
- Worsening or development of illnesses
Nursing home attendants and other medical professionals who work at nursing homes have an obligation to take care of your loved one. The signs above can prove abuse is taking place because abuse can come in the form of neglect, as well as in many other ways. Your loved one may not always be eager to speak about the abuse, so it’s important to notice these signs.
The Different Types of Nursing Home Abuse Claims
When you file a nursing home abuse lawsuit, you’ll need to identify what type of abuse took place before moving forward with a claim. The main forms of abuse that take place in nursing homes include neglect, physical abuse, psychological abuse, and sexual abuse.
Examples of neglect include failure to provide proper hygiene and failure to properly medicate patients. Physical abuse can include slapping, pinching, hitting, or pushing elderly patients. Psychological abuse can come in many forms, including teasing, belittling, manipulating, and blaming. Sexual abuse involves improperly touching an elderly patient without their consent.
Contact a Houston Nursing Home Abuse Attorney
In a nursing home abuse lawsuit, multiple parties may be held liable, such as the abuser and the nursing home. At Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP, our attorneys will gather the necessary evidence in your case to ensure every party that contributed to your loved one’s abuse is held responsible—that way, future abuse can be prevented.
To speak with a Houston nursing home abuse lawyer about your claim, call 214-522-9404 for a free consultation or fill out the contact form below.