DALLAS TEXAS NURSING HOME ABUSE & NEGLECT ATTORNEYS/ LAWYERS
More than 30% of all nursing homes in the U.S. commit some form of resident abuse. This trend is increasing in number. More than 50% of all nursing homes lack insufficient or have untrained staff to help care for the residents. This staffing problem leads to nursing home neglect and also abuse.
Nursing home abuse and neglect can occur from: (1) improper use of restraints; (2) medication errors; (3) negligent medical treatment; (4) failure to monitor residents; (5) malnutrition/dehydration; (6) pressure sores; (7) fall injuries; and (8) physical, sexual and emotional abuse.
Individuals that can be liable for malpractice include: doctors, nurses, pharmacists, nursing home employees. Nursing home abuse and neglect can occur in nursing homes (providing full time medical care) and assisted living center or rest homes (provide assistance in taking care of their day-to-day needs (bathing, meal preparation, dressing, etc).
Nursing homes should have written policies and guidelines to discuss the care given to residents. Nursing home staff is required to be familiar with and follow these guidelines. You have a right to request copies of these guidelines.
Indication of nursing home abuse or neglect can include:
- open wounds, cuts,
- bruises and welts,
- emotional and agitated residents,
- malnutrition and dehydration, pressure or bed sores,
- unclean living conditions,
- weight loss,
- medication errors,
- over sedation,
- residents smelling of urine or fecal matter,
- begging for food,
- verbal and physical abuse,
- unsociable residents, and
- inability of nursing home staff to explain medical or behavioral conditions.
If you suspect someone is a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, you should get the names of any witnesses, report the incident to the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services [800-458-9858] and contact a nursing home abuse and neglect attorney.
Hiring a Dallas, Texas nursing home abuse and neglect attorney quickly could be beneficial to your case. One, hiring a nursing abuse and neglect attorney will relieve your stress in addressing your injuries and dealing with insurance companies. Two, the nursing home abuse and neglect attorney will examine your case and gather necessary evidence, such as witness and medical records, which will be reviewed by a physician. Three, the nursing home abuse and neglect attorney can protect your best interest by advising you and communicating with the insurance companies on your behalf. Four, a nursing home abuse neglect attorney will get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
If you or your loved one was injured due to nursing home abuse or neglect, you may be entitled to compensation for the following: medical bills, future medical care, pain, mental anguish, disfigurement, and impairment.
If a loved one or relative dies because of nursing home abuse compensation may be given for: funeral expenses, medical expenses, pain, mental anguish, disfigurement, impairment, loss of emotional support and companionship provided by spouse or parent.
Our firm is based in Dallas, Texas and handles nursing home abuse cases throughout the State of Texas. If you have personal injuries or lost a family member due to wrongful death due to nursing home abuse or neglect, please call Dallas Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect Attorneys and Lawyers at The Kipness Law Firm. Call 214-800-3454.