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Protecting Your Loved Ones

We place our trust in nursing homes to meet the basic needs of our loved ones.

If you’ve noticed signs of abuse in your loved one, such as bruising, malnourishment, or depression, he or she may be suffering from nursing home abuse. There are laws and a Resident’s Bill of Rights enforced by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services designed to protect your family member’s best interests.

A Houston nursing home abuse lawyer may be able to help you stop the abuse. Contact Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law today at 1 (800) 444-5000 or complete a free initial consultation form—it only takes a few minutes, and we’ll never share your personal information.

Documenting Evidence

If you suspect your relative is being abused, follow these steps:

  • 1

    Visit quietly with witnesses, such as other staff members, residents, or their guests.

  • 2

    Start keeping a detailed log which includes date and time, witnesses, perpetrator, and a description of what happened.

  • 3

    Enlist other family members to help gather facts.

  • 4

    Take photos and videos of any visible signs of abuse (torn clothes, bruises, dramatic weight loss, etc.).

  • 5

    Gather detailed financial and medical records to document all treatment (and the cost).

  • 6

    If you file any written complaints, keep copies (including written responses). Enter detailed descriptions of these events and any meetings with administrators, etc., in your log.

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    Texas also allows you to install a hidden camera in your relative’s nursing home room (known as a “granny cam”). But ask your nursing home abuse attorney about some rules you must follow in order for the evidence to be legally admissible.

Signs of Negligent Care in a Nursing Home

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The outlook isn’t rosy for Texas’ senior citizens when it comes to quality of care in our state’s nursing homes and long-term care facilities.

Studies by groups such as AARP, respected publications which include U.S. News & World Report, and government healthcare agencies like Medicare show that throughout the U.S., nursing home/senior care facilities’ health-standard violations are declining. But Texas’ numbers are going in the wrong direction – up, way up!

According to The Dallas Morning News, citations for deficiencies in Texas facilities rose by 20% between 2010 and 2014; and severe infractions increased by 3% over that same period – while severe violations at nursing homes across the country declined by 16%.

This pattern of poor care in Texas nursing homes has consistently placed the state at or near the bottom of authoritative quality rankings.

If your loved one has suffered from neglect or abuse as a nursing home resident, it must first be determined who among the staff is responsible.

It may involve:

  • Nurses and caregivers
  • Maintenance staff
  • Other residents
  • Visiting family members.

While your relative is in the care of a nursing home, the facility is responsible for all that happens to your loved one, regardless of who harms or abuses your relative.

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What You Need to Know

Causes of Neglect

Most causes of nursing home abuse surround employee issues, including:

- Staffing shortages
- Lack of staff training and experience
- Underpaid caregivers
- Poor supervision, management or accountability
- Personal issues involving individual caregivers.

NURSING HOME RESIDENT RESOURCES

- Medicare
- Resident’s Bill of Rights
- Texas Advocates for Nursing Home Residents
- Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services

STATISTICS

Poor care in Texas nursing homes has consistently placed the state at or near the bottom of nearly all national rankings, including:

- 2014 & 2015 – Families for Better Care, a nonprofit advocating better nursing home care, ranked Texas 51st (including Washington, D.C.)
- 2017 & 2018 – 45th in U.S. News & World Report
- AARP’s 2018 Long-term Care Scorecard - 35th

People Just Like You

Terry Bryant opened his own law firm in 1985. Ever since, he’s been helping people just like you deal with the challenges of personal injury claims. He has the knowledge necessary to help with your legal claims.

Let our team of nursing home neglect lawyers help you today. A Houston nursing home abuse lawyer at Terry Bryant have extensive knowledge of the evidence, procedure, and legal process surrounding personal injury claims. We know the system, and we know Texas.
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