There is no excuse for nursing home abuse, but it has become an increasingly widespread problem. Every year, thousands of elders suffer from physical abuse, neglect, and preventable injuries like bed-sores, infections, bruises, falls, and even death.
Need a Texas Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect Lawyer? Collen A. Clark is a true advocate for his clients and is passionate about helping Texans that have been injured or wronged. If your loved one was injured by negligence in a nursing home, you should contact our lawyers immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit in Texas.
Coronavirus Outbreaks in Texas Nursing Homes
The deadly COVID-19 pandemic has hit Texas nursing homes extremely hard — but long before the pandemic, over 80% of nursing homes in Texas were cited for employees not washing their hands and other basic failures in infection-control procedures.
$38 Million Settlement with Nursing Home Chain for Elder Abuse
October 2014 — The Justice Department has announced that Extendicare Health Services, Inc., a major chain of nursing homes, must pay $38 million to settle numerous allegations of abuse.
Extendicare billed for “materially substandard nursing services that were so deficient that they were effectively worthless,” according to prosecutors.
Investigators found that 33 facilities in eight states provided worthless care, jeopardized the safety of their patients, failed to prevent falls or treat bedsores, and subjected residents to unnecessary rehabilitation so they could charge Medicare and Medicaid the maximum rate per day. Click here to read more.
What is the problem?
By law, skilled nursing facilities must provide residents with adequate care and treatment. When nursing homes fail to achieve an appropriate standard of care, they can be cited for violations. Unfortunately, the victims in many cases of abuse never get the justice they deserve. If you suspect that your elderly family member has been the victim of abuse, contact an attorney immediately.
Texas Allows “Granny Cams” to Catch Nursing Home Abuse
Texas is one of the few states that explicitly permits residents in long-term care facilities to maintain surveillance cameras in their rooms.
According to the New York Times, these so-called “granny cams” have captured proof of elder abuse from relatives who suspect abuse but feel their complaints have been ignored. In some cases, video footage has provided crucial evidence in lawsuits filed by family members. Click here to read more.
Examples of Elder Abuse
- Malnutrition and/or dehydration
- Inappropriate use of medications (such as antipsychotics in dementia patients)
- Physically restraining elders
- Sexual abuse
- Physical abuse (acts of violence, force-feeding, punishment, etc.)
- Emotional abuse
- Improper catheter care
- Failure to prevent falls
- Bed sores (pressure ulcers) or wounds
- Unsanitary or unclean living situation
- Burns from hot baths
- Infections resulting in amputation or hospitalization
- Unnecessary treatments
- Failing to provide enough skilled nurses
- Financial exploitation
- And more
Need a Nursing Home Injury Lawyer in Texas?
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Collen’s amazing success in the courtroom and well known dedication to his clients has earned him the recognition of his peers as one of The Top Trial Lawyers in Texas.”
The Clark Firm has assembled a team of trial lawyers with more than 100 years experience, participation in over 600 jury trials and $260 million in verdicts and/or settlements. Please use the form below to contact our Texas nursing home injury lawyers for a free lawsuit review.