When a family cannot take care of an elderly loved one, they may place that person in a nursing home. One care home here in Texas has been accused of nursing home negligence after three employees were arrested over several incidents that allegedly injured residents and may have even led to two deaths. This sort of tragedy should never happen, particularly to people who are often more vulnerable than the general population, but it does far too often.
The elder care home was accused of abuse earlier this year by a male resident’s family. The man allegedly suffered a fall that caused bruising and a serious cut to his head, but his family claims they were never notified. His family decided to remove him from the home after a nurse unaffiliated with the care home allegedly sent them photos of bed sores on the man. Before they could do so, the family says the man choked to death on a doughnut that the facility manager negligently gave him.
The same care home has also been accused of assault at the hands of a staff member. The resident died just a couple of months after the incident. Two other families claim they were not properly informed of a fight between two residents that resulted in injuries. That fight did not result in any criminal charges as there were no witnesses. Since then, three people have been arrested in connection with these incidents and investigators are continuing to look into the care home for any other signs of abuse or negligence.
While the choice to put someone in a nursing home is often for the best, there are instances where elderly people can be mistreated, and even abused, by those who are meant to keep them safe. If families here in Texas believe their loved one has been a victim of nursing home negligence, it may make sense to file a personal injury or wrongful death civil claim. Those who are interested in how this action may help facilitate justice may want to discuss the matter with an attorney.