Uvalde Nursing Home Negligence
Reading the words “negligence” and “abuse” in the same sentence as “nursing home” is distressing at the very least, but the thought of your loved one suffering nursing home negligence or abuse is outrageous and demands action. It’s probably safe to guess that you’ve found our website while searching the internet on topics about elder abuse, nursing home neglect, or perhaps while looking for an Uvalde nursing home abuse lawyer. If so, we will also assume you have concerns about the care or lack of care your loved one may be experiencing in an Uvalde nursing home. If this is the case, read on.
In 2012 there were 1.3 million elderly Americans living in nursing homes; in addition, more than 4,000 elderly patients were seen in emergency rooms for reported bed-rail related accidents, and of those reported bed-rail accidents, more than 50% resulted in their death. Bed-rail accidents are almost always preventable accidents; imagine this is just one type of accident our elderly suffer.
We’d like to address three specific areas to consider concerning nursing home abuse and neglect. The first area lists ten tips on preventing nursing home negligence. The list is by no means exhaustive, but it will get you thinking. Remember, it is never too late to educate yourself and be alert to signs of potential abuse and neglect of your loved one.
When you have questions or concerns, speak with the facility administrators, caretakers, or nursing assistants, and if that’s uncomfortable, call and ask one of our nursing home abuse lawyers in Uvalde. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Remember, you can never ask too many questions when it comes to protecting your loved one. You may be the only one who can speak for them.
In addition to preventing nursing home negligence, you need to be able to recognize signs of abuse and neglect; the following are some signs of the most common types of nursing home negligence in Uvalde, Texas:
- Your loved one has suffered frequent injuries like a fall from their bed.
- Your loved one has developed bed sores that are not healing.
- Your loved one tells you they are left unattended for long periods of time.
- Your loved one is withdrawn, acting fearful or more tearful than normal for them.
- Your loved one avoids interactions with staff or perhaps only certain staff members.
- And more.
Watch for these in your loved one. If you notice any of them, consider calling Carabin & Shaw and ask to speak to a nursing home abuse lawyer serving Uvalde about your concerns of nursing home abuse.
There are both federal and state laws in place to protect all residents living in nursing homes. The Texas Department of Aging’s Residents’ Bill of Rights outlines these Uvalde nursing home rights, and this document must be posted at the facility in a visible place, where it can be easily seen. The very first right listed on the document specifically talks about a resident’s right to be free from physical and mental abuse, and that is just the opening line.
It’s not possible to outline everything that might impact the safety and wellbeing of your loved one in this article; we’ve discussed tips on preventing nursing home abuse, signs of possible abuse and neglect, and the rights you can expect for them by law.
If after reading this you still have concerns, we urge you to call Carabin & Shaw today; talk with a Uvalde nursing home abuse lawyer to help you determine if your loved one may be a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect.
Our elders are vulnerable citizens and need someone to advocate for them when they are at risk of harm; this is one reason why Carabin & Shaw has representatives standing by to help. We’re here to help, and an attorney is available 24/7 to provide a free initial consultation.
The law offices of Carabin & Shaw can help you protect your loved ones. Call and speak to one of our expert attorneys now at 1.800.862.1260.