DFW Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer in Dallas, TX
For many elderly people, old age is far from “the golden years.” Instead, it is a time when they are confined to a nursing home or assisted living facility because they are no longer able to physically and/or mentally care for themselves. Far too many such residents fall prey to some kind of elder abuse. Even if the resident has relatives who visit regularly, they might not notice immediately that a problem exists, or the staff may brush off any questions. For the nursing home or assisted living facility resident who has few, if any, visitors, there may not be anyone recognizing the abusive situation until it is too late. A Dallas-Fort Worth attorney specializing in elder abuse can help a person trapped in these terrible circumstances.
Types of Elder Abuse
Abuse can come from staff members or even other residents. Elder abuse can be expressed physically, verbally, and even sexually. And where some abuse is easily noticed, others are less known and less obvious.
- Neglect is a level of carelessness or inattention that results in possible or actual serious harm and is very common in elder abuse cases. For example, a resident may have trouble feeding himself but the staff knowingly does not provide the necessary assistance, causing malnutrition and dehydration. Immobile patients may develop bed sores from not being repositioned regularly. Nursing home patients may suffer life-threatening falls because there is no one to assist or supervise them.
- Derogatory language and/or gestures are abusive. That holds true even of the resident is unable to comprehend the language or gestures.
- Elopement has nothing to do with marriage but is the term referring to a patient who is able to wander off the premises because of lack of supervision or security.
- False imprisonment is when nursing home staff prevents a resident from leaving an area such as their room or a wing of the facility – or if a resident is purposefully deprived of a wheelchair or crutches.
- Financial abuse cases can occur when a staff member steals a resident’s personal property or uses personal information to gain access to the resident’s finances. There have also been cases where a staff member pressures a resident to change their will, deed, or trust. False fees or charges can also be added to the member’s service invoice and then pocketed by the nursing home staff.
If you suspect elder abuse speak with your loved one or other coherent members to verify what your friend or relative is saying. Gather medical records or photos documenting recent injuries or prescription changes.
If you suspect nursing home abuse, make every legal effort to help the patient leave the facility immediately.
Inform the police or district attorney so that the state can file charges against the nursing home. Also, file a formal complaint with the state’s department of social services, adult protective services or elder protective services.
Bonneau Law Firm Elder Abuse Attorneys
If you or someone you know has a loved one who was the victim of nursing home abuse, contact The Bonneau Law Firm today at (972) 325-1100.