Spotting & Getting Compensation for Elder Neglect
Seek Justice with Our Corpus Christi Nursing Home Negligence Lawyers
If you have a senior loved one who lives in a nursing home or other care
facility, you want to know that they’re receiving the best medical
and personal care possible. Though you may not be able to be there for
them 24/7, you want to ensure that they won’t suffer from neglect.
If you’ve noticed any decline in health or wellness in the time
since your loved one has been in elder care, you should take a closer
look and determine whether neglect is the cause.
With extensive experience in elder neglect cases in Texas, we at the Bandas
Law Firm can offer the insight you need in identifying and recovering
compensation for elder neglect of any kind. Our Corpus Christi nursing
home negligence attorneys understand that you are going through a difficult
time. We are here to support and guide you.
Contact our offices at (361) 238-2789 today for a free, confidential consultation.
What Is Elder Neglect?
Unlike nursing home abuse or elder abuse, which can usually be defined
as assault, battery, or physical, emotional, or sexual abuse, elder neglect
can be harder to pinpoint. It is also a very serious and potentially fatal
issue. In general, you can define elder neglect as the failure of any
caregiver to fulfill their obligations concerning a senior person’s care.
Signs of neglect may include:
- Poor hygiene
- Errors in medication
- Frequent falls or other injuries
If you suspect neglect or have seen any signs that your loved one has been
neglected, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible. Immediate
action should be taken to prevent further harm and to recoup any losses
Who Is Responsible for Elder Neglect?
If you suspect that your loved one has suffered health consequences from
elder neglect or that their death was associated with neglect, you will
undoubtedly want to know who is at fault and who should be held responsible.
In some cases, the fault may lie with the individual charged with caring
for your elderly loved one, but in many cases, their own negligence may
not have been their fault. For example, if they were not given proper
training and/or instruction for supplying elderly patients with the best
care possible, the fault may lie with the nursing home or institution.
Cases like this may include understaffing or negligent hiring, in which
case background checks and other important research was not completed
concerning the person being hired.
Because the facility hired and employs the caregivers responsible for your
loved one’s wellbeing, it may be “vicariously liable”
for their actions. Thus, when looking to pursue compensation for your
loved one’s pain and suffering and medical bills, you will most
likely be suing the facility, not an individual employee.
If the person responsible for the neglect is a contractor or otherwise
hired by a third party, they may also be liable for their actions. When
you consult with a Corpus Christi elder neglect attorney at the Bandas
Law Firm, be sure to bring all of the information you can gather on the
case so we can give you the best advice for moving forward and pursuing
the right parties.
If You Suspect Elder Neglect
If you are concerned that your loved one is being neglected, do not hesitate
to act. You may want to discuss the conditions in the facility with the
facility’s manager, and even if you do so, seek advice from an experienced
lawyer who can help you to understand the laws, whether you have a case,
what constitutes neglect, and how to go about seeking compensation and
correcting the situation.
Contact a qualified attorney at our firm today to get started. We serve
Nueces County and all of Texas and the U.S. and have 75 years of legal
experience to apply to your case.