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Nursing Home Abuse

Corpus Christi Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers

Representing Injured Seniors in Nueces County & Across Texas

A nursing home is a facility that provides residential accommodations and healthcare, typically for the elderly. It should act as a place of safety and comfort for its residents, but not all nursing homes live up to this standard. Nursing home residents across the U.S. are subjected to abuse and mistreatment at an alarming rate, at an estimated 1 in 3 facilities throughout the country.

The Bandas Law Firm is committed to seeking justice for elderly patients and residents of nursing homes, residential care communities, and elder care centers in Nueces County and across Texas. Our team realizes the physical and psychological impact elder abuse can have on its victims and their families, and we strive to help our clients rebuild their lives while holding at-fault parties accountable.

Contact a Corpus Christi nursing home abuse attorney at (361) 238-2789 today to see how we can help you. Your initial consultation is free and confidential.

Types of Nursing Home Abuse

Nursing home abuse can take on different forms. It may include:

  • Physical abuse, which includes the use of physical force against an elderly person. Physical punishment, excessive restraints, hitting, burning, striking, or otherwise harming a victim are all examples of physical abuse.
  • Sexual abuse, which includes forced or non-consensual sexual contact or conduct. Unwanted or inappropriate touching, rape, or taking nonconsensual nude pictures of an elderly person are examples of sexual abuse.
  • Emotional abuse, which involves inflicting anguish, pain, or psychological trauma through verbal assault, humiliation, isolation, threats, harassment, or other verbal or nonverbal means.
  • Financial abuse/exploitation, which can be defined as illegally or improperly using or obtaining an elderly person’s assets. Theft, coercion, forgery, and fraud are examples of financial abuse.

While nursing home staff have authority over patients that could easily be exploited, abuse by fellow nursing home residents may be just as common. It is a nursing home’s responsibility to provide a safe home for all patients, and if inadequate staffing or lax care standards in any way endanger your loved one, you may be able to file a lawsuit.

How Common Is Elder Abuse?

Unfortunately, elder abuse is widespread, especially in nursing homes. Between 2013 and 2016, over 1,000 nursing homes were cited by the federal government for failing to properly handle reports of sexual assault and rape. It’s likely many more cases went unreported during that time. The National Ombudsman Resource Center (NORS)—which oversees the employees who receive and investigate reports—finds that sexual abuse is actually one of the less common types of abuse elders face in nursing homes. The most common are:

  • Physical abuse (29%)
  • Resident to resident abuse (22%)
  • Psychological abuse (21%)

With around 1 in 3 homes cited for putting residents at risk, how can you be sure your loved one is safe? Elders often do not talk about their abuse for fear they will face retaliation. This is especially true if one of their caregivers is behind the mistreatment. Even if an elder is let alone long enough to make a report, they may worry people won’t believe them or, even if they do, won’t be able to make any actual changes.

Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

If you get the feeling something is off with your loved one, they may be suffering abuse. Any time someone goes through a sudden and significant change, whether in behavior, weight, or other observable characteristics, it might be in response to trauma. Elder abuse may cause:

  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Unexplainable weight loss
  • Signs of depression, such as not participating in activities one used to enjoy and withdrawing socially
  • Looking generally unclean
  • Having bruises, burns, scars, or bed sores
  • Fear of certain people or signs of

If you notice these or other symptoms, your loved one may be facing some sort of assault or neglect.

Contact an Attorney with Experience in Nursing Home Abuse Litigation

If you have noticed signs of nursing home abuse or have received reports of abusive conduct from an elderly loved one at a nursing home, you need to move quickly. Do not hesitate to call 911 if your loved one is in grave and immediate danger and contact Bandas Law Firm to see what legal action can be taken.

Our Corpus Christi nursing home abuse lawyers are standing by to help. Call (361) 238-2789 today!

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