Holding Nursing Homes Accountable
Growing old is inevitable, but being mistreated as an elder should be avoidable. There are currently over 34 million Americans over the age of 65 living in the United States. Approximately 40% of those over 65 will live in a nursing home, skilled care center or other long-term care facility. With such a high percentage of senior citizens in nursing homes comes an inevitable increased risk for elder abuse. Abuse is unacceptable in any case, but abusing a helpless elderly individual is inadmissible. Unfortunately, throughout San Antonio elder neglect is reported daily. This can easily turn into a terrifying nightmare for families who hoped to leave their loved ones in the care of compassionate and patient caretakers.
If you suspect elder abuse or have a family member who has been injured as a result of elder abuse, we at Carabin & Shaw have a San Antonio elder abuse lawyer ready to be the voice for you and your loved one. No one in a senior care facility should suffer the pain of neglect and abuse. Call us today so we can help you get you the compensation you need to help your loved one recover safely..
According to the National Center for Adult Abuse, one in ten senior Americans have been exploited, injured or mistreated in some way while being cared for by someone paid and trusted to look after them. Seniors are sometimes unable to communicate their abuse to their families or a supervisor, or the senior may be frightened of more abuse if they come forward. This is why San Antonio residents need to be vigilant in protecting their loved ones and holding nursing homes accountable for their mistreatment of their residents.
Elder abuse does not differ much from any other kind of abuse such as domestic violence or child abuse. Abusive relationships tend to have three phases: The tension building phase, the crisis phase and the calm or honeymoon phase.
- During the tension phase minor incidents of violence or verbal abuse occur leaving the victim to walk on eggshells to avoid mistreatment from their abuser.
- At the crisis phase serious bodily injury takes place. The victim may try to reason with their abuser or escape the abuse but typically the abuser is erratic at this time and their behavior becomes very unpredictable leaving the victim in an unsafe situation.
- Once the honeymoon phase approaches an abuser will become apologetic and seek forgiveness appearing to be a new person even. The victim may want to believe their attacker and might continue to have a relationship with the abuser out of naivety or even fear. The reality is once someone begins to abuse another person, especially an elderly person, this cycle can carry on indefinitely until someone steps in to help the victim find safety and peace.
As you read this you might be asking yourself, what can your family do if your loved one has been abused in a San Antonio nursing home? The answer is you can call the experienced and compassionate nursing home liability attorneys at Carabin & Shaw, with offices across Texas. Our law firm has helped many families fight back against the professionals and facilities who have harmed their loved ones and allowed abuse or neglect to happen. Our team of San Antonio lawyers can help your family by holding nursing homes accountable for their poor behavior as well.
Nursing home neglect and abuse may take many forms. These can include financial exploitation, sexual abuse, emotional abuse and physical abuse. While most people think physical abuse is the most common form, abuse of seniors financially is much more common. Holding nursing homes accountable for their abusive behavior is vital.
If you suspect your family member is being mistreated, turn to the attorneys at Carabin & Shaw, we will fight for your loved one’s rights. Call us anytime at 1.800.862.1260, day or night so our lawyers can help you as soon as possible. Don't delay. Our attorneys are just one phone call away from helping you get your loved one’s dignity back.