Holding Nursing Homes Accountable For Elder Abuse
It’s hard to imagine that someone who works in a nursing home would abuse a vulnerable person. Unfortunately, physical, sexual and financial abuse of the elderly occurs every day — sometimes in the places where we would least expect it.
At Marynell Maloney Law Firm, our lawyers extensive experience representing seniors who were abused in nursing homes. If you suspect that your loved one is being abused by a caregiver, we offer a free initial consultation to discuss your options.
Is My Loved One Being Abused?
Unfortunately, many different types of abuse occur in nursing homes. Symptoms of abuse may include:
- Unexplained bruises or injuries
- Emergency room admissions
- Unexplained charges on credit cards
- Unexplained withdrawals from checking and savings accounts
- Theft of personal items from your loved one’s room
- Your loved one being afraid, especially of certain staff members
- Your loved one being unwilling to discuss your concerns
A thorough medical examination can uncover evidence of physical or sexual abuse. Financial abuse of the elderly often leaves a trail that our attorneys may be able to follow to the source of the abuse. Most injuries in nursing homes can be traced to staffing issues:
- Inexperienced or untrained staff who become frustrated with residents
- Hiring unqualified staff, such as those who have criminal records
- Understaffing, which can lead to an atmosphere of abuse and neglect
How Can I Stop Elderly Abuse?
The civil justice system can hold nursing homes accountable for the actions of their staff members. In Texas, families have the right to install video cameras in their loved one’s room, as long as they notify the nursing home. Once in place, a video camera can capture evidence of abuse and also serve as a deterrent to abuse.
Contact Our San Antonio Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
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