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:

  • Malnutrition
  • Dehydration
  • Poor hygiene
  • Bedsores
  • Errors in medication
  • Frequent falls or other injuries
  • Wandering

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 already experienced.

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.

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