A certain level of trust is required to leave your loved one in the hands of health care professionals in a Texas nursing home. Unfortunately, some nursing homes are not deserving of that trust. Some facilities do not treat your loved one with the respect and dignity they deserve. When personal injury or illness results, a medical malpractice lawsuit may be an appropriate legal remedy.
Nursing home abuse is far more common than many people realize. Families should be alert to the warning signs of potential abuse and neglect so that they can take immediate action to protect their loved ones. One of the most common signs that is bedsores. These are also called pressure ulcers and occur on the body when a patient is not moved enough. These injuries are very much preventable.
Patients left in soiled beds and garments is another problem. A lack of attention to your loved one's personal hygiene is a big warning sign of neglect. Dehydration, significant weight loss, skin rashes and evidence of physical abuse (such as bruises) may be signs of abuse.
In Texas and elsewhere, elderly abuse and neglect come in a variety of forms. If you notice anything that you feel is suspicious in any way, it is in your best interest – as well as your loved one's – to take action and report it. For information as to what legal options you have available to stop abuse and seek compensation for injuries that have occurred, you can speak to a medical malpractice lawyer at our firm. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means you won't owe us a dime unless we are able to recover compensation for you.