Sugar Land Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect Lawyer
If you can no longer care for an aging parent or other loved one, you may be considering a nursing home. There are some great nursing homes here in Texas, but you definitely need to do your research.
Not all skilled nursing facilities are created equal. Some have highly skilled and experienced staff, while others have experienced staff members and high levels of abuse and neglect. This can be devastating to hear, but it’s a very common problem. In fact, two-thirds of nursing home staff members have admitted to abusing patients.
Nobody wants to hear that their beloved family member is not being cared for properly in a nursing home. What happens next? Contact Henrietta Ezeoke Law Firm. Our experienced Sugar Land nursing home abuse & neglect lawyer can assist you during this devastating time.
What is Nursing Home Abuse?
Nursing home abuse occurs when a patient is harmed by a staff member (or sometimes even other patients). The harm can occur in various forms, including:
- Physical. This involves harm such as hitting, slapping, kicking, biting, or throwing objects at a patient.
- Emotional. Emotional abuse does not cause physical scars, but it can lead to emotional scars. Humiliation, insults, taunts, and isolation are forms of emotional abuse. So is yelling and screaming at a patient.
- Sexual. Sexual battery refers to sexual activity that occurs without a person’s consent. Sexual abuse happens more often than you may think. Many staff members take advantage of nursing home patients, since they often have physical or mental disabilities that make them vulnerable.
- Financial. Financial abuse can also occur in nursing homes. Because many patients have mental issues such as dementia and memory loss, it’s easy to take advantage of them. Staff members may steal money and other valuables. They may use the patient’s credit cards, take their retirement income, or forge checks.
What is Nursing Home Neglect?
Nursing home neglect is also very common. Approximately 95% of residents have been neglected. This refers to a lack of medical care or a breach of duty, such as not feeding residents, not treating their illnesses, not changing their clothing or bedding, or not giving them their medications. Neglect can result in dehydration, malnutrition, and even death.
Neglect is common because nursing homes are often understaffed. Neglect is often unintentional but there are situations in which it may be done on purpose.
Contact Henrietta Ezeoke Law Firm Today
Nursing home abuse and neglect is unfortunately quite common. This can be scary to think about if you plan to put your loved one in a nursing home.
If your loved one has been abused or neglected in a nursing home, contact Henrietta Ezeoke Law Firm. We accept all kinds of personal injury cases and will take your case on a contingency basis, so you don’t pay if you don’t win. To schedule a free consultation with a Sugar Land nursing home abuse and neglect lawyer, call (713) 234-0030 or fill out the online form.