Placing a family member in a nursing home can be an incredibly difficult decision. Unfortunately, devastating injuries can result when nursing homes prioritize profits over patient care and safety. Injuries from nursing home negligence can range from Stage 4 bed sores, untreatable fractures, and preventable falls, to assault and even death. If you or a loved one has suffered as a result of nursing home negligence, read on to learn about what next steps you should take.What Are Elder Rights?
When it comes to nursing home negligence, the elderly have rights. The Nursing Home Resident’s Bill of Rights" is federal law that every nursing home in the United States must abide by. It includes but isn't limited to freedom from neglect, abuse and discrimination. It calls for the elderly to be treated with respect and have access to information on service and fees.Knowing The Signs
If you suspect you or a loved one is a victim of nursing home negligence, a few common signs of elder abuse includeL
- Unexplained fractures
- Physical restraints
- Chemical restraints
Insufficient staffing and poor staff management, as well as constantly ringing phones and unanswered call lights, can also be indicative of the quality of care.What To Do
Maloney Law Group is happy to offer a free consultation. We can be reached at (210) 361-2997 or by filling out this contact form. During this free consultations, you may be asked to bring any documents, photos and reports that may assist in investigating your claim. Learn More About This Initial Meeting. If you know incidents of serious abuse have occurred, you may want to report it to one of these local elder abuse hotlines, such as Adult Protective Services, and the police or Texas Health and Human Services.