Nursing Home Abuse / Elder Abuse Attorney San Antonio Texas
There are numerous nursing homes and assisted living facilities throughout Texas and in San Antonio and the surrounding areas. Because there are so many of these facilities, it is common for loved ones to be concerned about potential nursing home abuse also known as elder abuse. The decision to place a loved one in a nursing home or assisted living facility is not an easy one. There are concerns of whether your loved one will be taken care of properly or whether your loved one will be happy. You may also have concerns about whether the staff is competent and caring. Elder abuse not only can happen in a nursing home or assisted living facility, it can also happen with in-home caregivers. It is important for family members to pay close attention to their loved ones who are in a nursing home or assisted living facility or who simply have an in-home caregiver. Nursing home abuse or elder abuse can come in many forms such as physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, exploitation, neglect, abandonment, general mistreatment, or healthcare fraud.
It is sometimes difficult to determine whether your loved one has been or is being abused. Many victims of nursing home abuse or elder abuse are often threatened with violence which makes it more difficult for them to speak out against their abusers. It is important to pay attention to your loved one’s demeanor when visiting or talking to them on the phone. If your loved one is telling you that he/she is being abused, you should take these claims seriously even if there is a history of mental illness or your loved one appears to be just fine. Frequent complaints that the staff or caregiver is not taking proper care of them is the most obvious indication of nursing home abuse or elder abuse. Other indicators that you should look for are:
- Unexplained mood changes
- Unexplained bumps and bruises
- Incontinence – this is a sign of stress
- Withdrawn or emotionless behavior
- Refusing to eat / unexplained weight loss
- Refusing to participate in nursing home or other activities
- Disorientation / confusion
- Bed sores
- Unkempt living area / missing personal items
- Missing medication or medications not being taken
Nursing home or in-home caregivers have the obligation to treat their patients with a standard of care. They must provide for the patients’ needs regarding nutrition, hygiene, and medical treatment. Negligent caregiving in any of these areas is abuse.
Types of nursing home abuse or elder abuse claims you can file are:
- Failure to provide a standard of care.
- Failure to provide proper medical attention or ensure that proper medical care is provided which includes administering the appropriate medications at the appropriate time.
- Injuries suffered from falls or other accidents resulting from abandonment or neglect.
- Physical abuse by caregiver.
If your loved one has suffered or is suffering from nursing home abuse or elder abuse, you need a compassionate attorney who will fight for the recognition that your loved one is an irreplaceable human being that deserves dignity and respect in his or her last years. I will help you get justice against those who have caused harm to your love one whether it is a nursing home or assisted living facility or an in-home caregiver. Call me at (210) 598-8286 or contact me online today so that I can fight for your loved one’s rights and take the necessary steps towards protecting his or her best interests.
I serve San Antonio and surrounding areas including Boerne, Kerrville, Fredericksburg, Canyon Lake, New Braunfels and the Texas Hill Country.