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New Braufels elder abuse lawyerA Texas-based nursing home company may soon find itself answering for allegedly abusive practices in a New Mexico courtroom. The company operates over 100 assisted living facilities in 12 states. The New Mexico Attorney General's Office recently filed suit against the organization, alleging that low staffing levels led to abusive practices, including soiled beds and unattended emergency situations, such as falls. According to court documents, the nursing home facilities were deficient by as much as 50 percent on state assessment scores. The state recorded 450 complaints from 2011 to 2014, although only four of them resulted in actual cases. Since 2008, the nursing home company has collected over $236 million in revenue, with about 80 percent of that money coming from Medicare or Medicaid.

Nursing Home Abuse

Reliable statistics are very hard to ascertain, since so many elder abuse situations are unreported. Many seniors fear retaliation if they report abuse, or they do not want a relative or friend to “get into trouble.” About nine million cases a year are reported to authorities, and with the over 65 population set to explode in coming decades, incidents of abuse will almost surely escalate commensurately. Elder abuse can happen anywhere, whether in a care facility or in a private home. Some common examples include:

  • Physical: Many patients are so frail, either due to illness or age or both, that it only takes a small amount of force, such as a light squeeze or a subtle push, to cause serious injury.
  • Emotional: Some patients are isolated away from friends and family, either as a form of punishment or due to negligent oversight.
  • Neglect: If a resident falls or gets into a fight with another patient, there may be no qualified staff to help.

Understaffed facilities are breeding grounds for all these forms of abuse. When staff levels are low, the overstressed workers tend to act out. They may also be unable, or unwilling, to provide necessary physical and emotional services. Damages in an elder abuse case can include compensation for both economic and non-economic injuries, as well as punitive damages, in many situations. Elder abuse is widespread in South Central Texas. For a free consultation with an experienced New Braunfels personal injury attorney, contact our office. After-hours and hospital appointments are available.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Texas elder abuse attorney, Texas injury lawyer, New Braunfels nursing home abuse attorney,When people enter a nursing home, they expect fair treatment and responsible care. Unfortunately, the negligent or reckless behavior of nursing home staff can lead to injuries, illness, and extreme discomfort. However, there are laws that protect the rights of nursing home negligence victims. Nursing home negligence cases can be difficult to win. Usually, the plaintiff must prove that an employee within the facility acted negligently, and that action directly led to an injury. In some cases, proving that a worker failed to take reasonable steps to ensure patient safety is enough to win a negligence lawsuit. Of course, these cases can quickly become complex and difficult to prove. The nursing home is not likely to help you gather evidence. This is why the guidance of an experienced attorney may prove invaluable. What to Do When You Suspect Nursing Home Negligence In many cases, the victim of the nursing home abuse is too scared or unable to tell his or her loved ones. This is why it is important to know the signs of nursing home abuse. These include:
  •         Tension or arguments between the caregiver and the patient;
  •         Changes in the patient’s behavior; or
  •         Bruises, welts, or scars.
According to Helpguide.org, the caregiver also may prevent you from visiting the patient alone. If you notice any of these symptoms and you suspect abuse, contact an attorney right away. Call a Qualified Accident Lawyer in New Braunfels, Texas Nursing home abuse affects thousands of victims every day. It can lead to physical, mental, and emotional trauma. This is why acting quickly to stop the abuse is so important, and then, it is your responsibility to seek justice to ensure the abuse does not affect other victims. If you suspect your loved one is suffering abuse or negligence in a nursing home, contact an experienced New Braunfels personal injury attorney from The Bettersworth Law Firm. We will assess your case to determine if you have a legitimate claim. To schedule a free consultation, call 830-606-0404.

nursing home negligence, New Braunfels personal injury lawyer, San Antonio attorneyThe Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently released a national report on nursing homes. According to the report, almost one third of nursing home patients are injured by treatments they received in nursing homes. The majority of those injuries are avoidable.

The study found that the majority of problems could be contributed to deficiencies in the day-to-day care that the facilities provided. Not providing enough attention to details of the care patients need as well as monitoring the patients’ needs – what one inspector referred to as “substantial medical care.” The agency looked at the medical records of 653 Medicare patients who had been admitted into a nursing home for additional care after having been in the hospital. The average stay at the nursing home facility was 35 days or less. While at the nursing homes, 22 percent of patients suffered what the agency termed “adverse event” and another 11 percent suffered “temporary harm events.” Doctors who reviewed these events determined that 59 percent of these events were “clearly or likely preventable.” According to the report, these physicians deemed the cause of these preventable events to “substandard treatment, inadequate resident monitoring, and failure or delay of necessary care.” Half of the patients who were injured ended up being admitted back into the hospital for needed treatment. The total cost for treatment of patients who are injured in a nursing home in 2011 was $2.8 billion. Nursing home advocates say that not only are there staffing shortages and issues at many facilities, but lack of training also contributes a great deal to the injuries that elderly patients receive in these events. If one of your family members has been injured because of negligence of nursing home staff, contact a New Braunfels personal injury attorney to find out what civil action you may be entitled to take against the facility.

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

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