Nursing homes should be places of refuge for older and disabled people. Sadly, many nursing homes fail to meet the high degree of resident care we expect of them. Nursing home abuse and neglect is more common than many realize. Physical and sexual abuse, while horrific, is often easier to recognize than neglect in nursing homes. However, neglect can be just as harmful. Sometimes, nursing neglect is even fatal. If you suspect that a loved one was neglected while living in a nursing home, read on to learn more.
What Counts as Neglect?
Nursing home residents have certain rights under Texas law. Among these rights is the right to be treated with dignity and respect, be free from abuse, and report substandard care within the facility. Nursing homes and other long-term care facilities are also held to certain standards regarding resident care.
Nursing home neglect can take many different forms, including:
Inadequate medical care
Unsanitary living conditions
Failure to prevent or appropriately treat bedsores
Resident dehydration or malnutrition
Unsatisfactory hygiene practices including bathing and toileting
Unsafe resident transfer
Inadequate supervision of residents
Not preventing wandering and elopement
Sadly, when a resident is neglected, he or she may be left in pain and without the care he or she needs and deserves. If your loved one was injured or killed by nursing home neglect, you may be able to take legal action against the negligent nursing home facility.
How Can You Hold a Negligent Nursing Home Responsible?
Failure to provide adequate medical treatment and assistance to nursing home residents can cause new and worsened medical problems, physical pain, and profound psychological suffering. If your loved one was harmed by neglect, you may be able to seek justice for them through a nursing home injury claim. The nursing home may be forced to pay for medical bills, funeral and burial expenses, and other damages.
Contact a New Braunfels Nursing Home Injury Lawyer
At Bettersworth Law Firm, we understand the dramatic impact nursing home neglect can have on a resident’s wellbeing. We are dedicated to holding negligent nursing homes responsible for their actions and seeking justice for injured and killed residents. Our New Braunfels nursing home neglect attorneys can help you gather the evidence needed to bring a powerful claim against the nursing home that harmed your loved one and represent you and your loved one during any legal proceedings. To learn more, call us at 830-443-9193. Set up your free, no-obligation case assessment today.