When full time assistance is required to meet the needs of an elderly parent or grandparent, a nursing home sometimes seems the only solution. If your loved one must move into a long term care facility, you want to believe he or she will be well looked after and treated with respect and dignity. Discovering this is not the case can be a shock. Unfortunately, nursing home abuse is widespread. It takes many forms, ranging from painful neglect to treatment that is classified as criminal. The perpetrators deserve consequences, including payment of substantial civil damage awards to victims and their families. By filing a nursing home abuse lawsuit, with the help of the Austin attorneys of Ely & Reed, Nick Reed and Michael Ely, we can help victims of nursing home abuse pursue justice and compensation. If your loved one has been a victim, contact our personal injury attorneys today for a free consultation.
About Nursing Home Abuse
Some long term care facilities are well run, but others cut corners to save money. Inadequate staffing, low-paid aides, improperly trained staff, and poorly supervised staff are common problems at nursing homes.
Federal law regulates the elder care industry, as does the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS). A registered nurse is required to be on the premises of a nursing home seven days a week, eight hours a day, and access to a physician, dietician, dentist, and mental health professional must be provided. Reporting acts of neglect, abuse, or exploitation is required by law, and almost a third of Texas nursing homes have been cited for some sort of infraction.
Types of Abuse
A wide range of shocking incidents have taken place in nursing homes and other elder care facilities. Patients suffer physical, emotional and even sexual abuse. Some experience malnutrition, dehydration or bed sores from daily neglect, while others have been assaulted, tied to a bed, or sedated with excessive medication. In some cases, bank accounts and wills have been tampered with.
Often, the elderly victim either does not or cannot complain about the neglect or abuse that is occurring, and the family is unaware of the situation. Common signs that there may be a problem include:
- Weight loss
- Crying or mood swings
- Repeated infections (UTIs)
- Bone fractures
- Bruises or skin lesions
- Poor hygiene
- Bed sores
Legal Help for Elder Abuse
The attorneys at Ely & Reed are experienced in nursing home law, and are committed to helping victims of personal injuries of all types. Both Michael Ely and Nick Reed have backgrounds working on the defense side of personal injury lawsuits, but are now dedicated to providing legal counsel for plaintiffs only. Experience with defense work gives us an edge in negotiating settlements with corporations and insurance companies. We know how they think, and we’re way ahead of them.
If a case goes to trial, we’re more than ready to take it before a judge and jury, and our past record of success shows we are capable of attaining favorable verdicts. Our work costs nothing to clients unless we attain a settlement or jury award.
If you believe your loved one has been a victim of nursing home abuse, contact Ely & Reed today for a free consultation.