What Are Warning Signs of Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect?

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Your loved one may have reached a point where they can no longer live by themselves or take care of themselves. Understandably so, it is not always possible to have them reside in your own home, which may lead you to place them in a nursing home. What makes this decision all the more difficult is if you come to realize that the nurses or staff members are abusing or neglecting your loved one. Read on to discover what warning signs to look out for and how a seasoned Houston, Texas nursing home abuse lawyer at White Personal Injury can help you in doing so.

What are the signs of nursing home abuse or neglect?

If your loved one is given anything less than an adequate standard of living in their nursing home, then abuse or neglect may exist. Without further ado, the warning signs of nursing home abuse and neglect include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Nursing home abuse:
    • Your loved one has a black eye, broken bones, or other physical injuries.
    • Your loved one has sudden mood swings.
    • Your loved one has tattered or stained undergarments.
    • Your loved one has valuable personal possessions missing.
  • Nursing home neglect:
    • Your loved one complains of hunger or thirst.
    • Your loved one has pressure sores.
    • Your loved one has an unsanitary room or bedroom.

Should I file an elder abuse claim?

Before all else, you must remove your loved one from the immediate danger that they are in; it may be best if they stay in your home for the time being. Then, you may consider filing a claim against the abusive or negligent nurse, staff member, or care facility. You should take the following approach before bringing forward your elder abuse claim:

  1. Notify your local law enforcement of the incident, and request a copy of their report afterward.
  2. Notify the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services of the incident at 1-800-458-958, and request a copy of their report afterward.
  3. Notify the nursing home management of the incident, and keep a copy of your complaint for later.
  4. Take photos and videos of your loved one’s personal injuries and damages.
  5. Gather medical documents and bills that report on your loved one’s personal injuries and damages.
  6. Gather oral or written testimonies from other residents, nurses, or staff members who witnessed the incident.
  7. Ask nursing home management for the security camera footage of the incident.

Notably, a nurse’s or staff member’s abuse toward your loved one may call for a criminal charge. In the end, a competent Harris County, Texas personal injury lawyer is ready and willing to stand by your side throughout the elder abuse claim process. Contact White Personal Injury today.

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