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nursing home abuse IMAGEAs parents age, it can be scary for their children, and there may not be many options for their care. Many elderly couples continue to live at home, perhaps in an elderly community with extra assistance. When there is only one living partner, or the pair has divorced, they may reach a point where they are no longer able to live alone. In some cases, the elderly person can live with a family member; in some cases they move to a nursing home. If that’s the case, you want to be sure that your parent will be safe and well taken care of in your chosen facility, with little chance of elderly neglect. A study conducted found that nursing home abuse occurs in about one third of all nursing homes in the nation. This includes verbal, sexual, and physical abuse of varying degrees. ABCNews.com reported that this study found almost 9,000 citations for abuse from 5,283 facilities across the country in two years, and the abuse has been on the rise since 1996. Incidents serious enough to cause harm to the resident or put the resident in immediate risk of death or serious injury account for 1,601 citations. Other common problems include:
  • Dehydration;
  • Malnutrition;
  • Inadequate medical care;
  • Untreated bedsores;
  • Inadequate sanitation;
  • Inadequate hygiene.
Specific documents reported residents suffering from the following by either nursing home staff or other residents:
  • Punches;
  • Slaps;
  • Kicks;
  • Being choked
  • Sometimes causing lacerations or broken bones.
If you have a family member in a nursing home and you are concerned about the well-being and the safety of him or her, do not wait to take action. If your loved one has even suffered minor abuse at a nursing home, contact an accidents attorney in New Braunfels, Tex. today. Attorneys at the Bettersworth Law Firm will help you to protect your elderly family member from dangerous nursing homes today.

nursing home negligence is a crime imageThere comes a moment when all children realize that mom or dad can no longer safely live within the comforts of their own home. As a member of the growing Sandwich Generation, you have become the encompassing caregiver to both your own family and00990 one or both of your parents.

 As you face the difficult question of what your next step may be to ensure safety and quality care, take comfort that A Place for Mom, a non-profit organization connecting families to senior care, lists over 30 senior care options in the New Braunfels, Texas area. Whether you are researching custodial care or assisted living facilities in New Braunfels, all Texas healthcare facilities accepting Medicare must meet federal standards. The Texas Department of State Health Services DSHS) works closely with the CMS Dallas Regional Office regarding all facility certifications. Your next step is the interviewing process. Medicare.gov suggests arriving at each facility with a checklist so you can evaluate each facility and later compare scores to make the best possible decision for your loved one. The site also offers sample questions and useful tips in each of the following areas:

  • Healthcare Facility in General
  • Healthcare Facility Management / Staff
  • Quality of Life
  • Quality of Care
  • Nutrition / Hydration
  • Safety

This emotional and sometimes overwhelming process is a hard pill to swallow. For so many years your parents served as your caregiver. As the roles change, you can only hope that you made the best decision for their current health care needs, but it shouldn’t end there. As the now diligent “parent” you should keep tabs on the health care facility to ensure the health and safety of your loved one. If at anytime you feel that the facility has been negligent or you have a specific complaint, you can report suspected waste, fraud or abuse to the HHSC Office of Inspector General either online or by calling 800-436-6184. You may also make report to the Texas State Auditor's Office by calling 800-TX-AUDIT. Nursing home negligence is a serious crime, and both you and your loved ones have legal rights. If you are uncertain about reporting your concerns, please contact an experienced personal injury attorney in New Braunfels today.

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According to the Southeast Texas Record, Inocencia Alanis is alleging that sustained injuries that have resulted in her suffering multiple injuries including immobility. She is alleging that these injuries happened because of the negligence of employees of the Regent Care Center in League City. TheresaAt the time of her injury, her arm was in a sling and the staff attempted to move her into a bed without properly placing her injured arm on top of her body. This action in turn caused her arm to roll off the employee’s shoulder. It was later determined that she suffered a fractured humerus. She was then transferred to a nearby medical center where she underwent testing to determine the full extent of her injuries. It was also determined that she suffered compression fractures in her spine. Her suit alleges that because of her injuries, she is experiencing back pain that is so severe, that she is rendered her immobile. It is virtually impossible for her to walk or even move because of the extreme pain that she is experiencing. In her suit, she is alleging that the facility is negligent in failing to train its employees in the proper procedure of moving patients, failing to transfer her in such a way that is mindful of her current injury and not causing further injury, and failing to follow the doctor’s orders when it came to her care. She is seeking monetary damages in an unspecified amount and she has requested to have a jury trial in the matter. If you have been hurt as a result of the negligent actions of medical staff at an office or facility, contact an experienced Texas accident attorney. Your attorney will assess your case to see if you have a basis to ask for monetary award as well as the payment of medical bills.
LauraAlthough there are many outstanding nursing and elder care facilities throughout Texas, unfortunately there are also places where the delicate nature of some patients is taken advantage of in the form of abuse. Some of the primary concerns for the elderly in Texas are issues of financial exploitation as well as verbal, emotional, or physical abuse. Thankfully, there are committed lawyers who pursue claims of nursing home abuse to their end, achieving relief and damages for their clients. This abuse further breaks down into several different concepts, including deprivation, intimidation, the threat of some form of punishment, harassment, humiliation, involuntary seclusion, sexual assault, verbal abuse, the use of derogatory terms, written abuse, corporal punishment, and sexual coercion. The Texas Attorney General takes a strong stance about the dangers of nursing home abuse. If you or someone you know has been a victim of any of the abuse types detailed above, it’s recommended that you contact law enforcement right away to end the cycle of abuse. Sadly, sometimes victims of nursing home abuse have to suffer for months before they are comfortable or able to reach out. The impacts of nursing home abuse can sometimes even be hidden, and patients may be forced to lie about their situation or to underplay the reasons they have bruises or emotional trauma. If you think you know someone who has been the victim of nursing home abuse, you need the advice of an attorney in New Braunfels, Texas. Abuse in a nursing home can drastically reduce the quality of life for your loved ones, and it’s important to stop the chain of pain and suffering right away. Start by contacting social services to report the abuse and removing the person from the situation if you feel danger is imminent, and then schedule a consultation with a Texas personal injury attorney for your case. Everyone has the right to a life free of violence and harassment.  

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When people get old, they sometimes need constant care to be able to lead their lives. This is when nursing homes come into play, but sometimes issues arise with the care provided by the nursing homes. Nursing home negligence is one of the issues handled by personal injury attorneys, so here is an example of what a nursing home negligence case might involve. Setexasrecord.com reported a story on this particular case. A lawsuit was filed on behalf of Denzil Weaver after a nursing home allegedly forgot to administer medication to weaver twice, which lead to hospitalization on both occasions. Kandace Harris filed suit against the company running the Jefferson Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Windsor N.H.R. Partnetrs of Beaumont. Weaver was admitted to Jefferson Nursing for rehabilitation after a total knee replacement, and her doctor had prescribed medication to prevent blood clots. The center failed to administer the drug, which led to Weaver's hospitalization. When Weaver returned to Jefferson Nursing from her hospitalization, the same thing happened again, according to the suit. Jefferson Nursing is accused of negligence for falling below the standard of care and of the failure to correctly administer the medication. If you or a loved suffer a personal injury, and someone else is the reason for this injury, you might be eligible for compensation. Whether this injury occurs in a traffic accident or is a result of nursing home negligence or a defective product, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney in your area. Contact our offices for a consultation with our New Braunfels, Texas personal injury attorneys.

The sooner you call, the sooner we can build your case, secure evidence and get maximum compensation for your injuries.

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