When making the difficult decision to place an elderly loved one in the care of a nursing home or assisted living facility, you expect the staff to treat your loved one with the highest level of care and respect. Sadly, this is not always the case. According to certain studies, more than two million cases of nursing home abuse and/or neglect are reported in the United States every year. Countless more go unreported.
If you suspect that your loved one is the victim of nursing home abuse, or you are suffering from neglect in an assisted living facility yourself, contact our Houston-based nursing home abuse attorneys as soon as possible. At Stepp & Sullivan, P.C., we fight for the rights of seniors and elderly individuals who have been taken advantage of by those entrusted with their care. Our goal is to not only help victims and their families secure the justice and fair recovery they are owed, but also to hold negligent and reckless parties accountable for the pain and suffering they have caused. We assist clients throughout both the Houston and Chicago areas.
Call (713) 714-5089 or contact us online to request a completely confidential consultation today.
Recognizing the Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
If you have a loved one who is living in a nursing home, it is important that you are aware of the signs of nursing home abuse. Elderly victims are not always able to speak out when abuse occurs. In certain circumstances, they may even be unaware of the abuse/neglect or unwilling to bring it up. Because of this, it is crucial that you know what to look for and, if you notice any signs of abuse or neglect, that you take action as soon as possible.
Nursing home abuse can take many forms. It may be physical, mental, emotional, sexual, or financial in nature. As such, the signs of nursing home abuse and/or neglect can also vary greatly.
Some of these signs include:
- Unexplained injuries, such as bruises, cuts, or broken bones
- Slip-and-fall accidents, bedsores, or pressure ulcers
- Unusual changes in appetite/weight
- Issues with medication, such as under- and over-medication
- Sudden, unexplained changes in behavior or mood
- Fear of speaking or being in the presence of nursing home staff
- Caregivers/staff unwilling to allow you to be alone with your loved one
- Unexplained STIs and/or injuries near genitals or breasts
- Lack of cleanliness, soiled bedclothes, dirty clothing, etc.
- Unusual withdrawals from banking accounts
- Changes in your loved one’s will or financial situation
- Elopement or wandering
It is important to note that this list is not exhaustive; if you have any reason to suspect that your loved one is being treated improperly by nursing home staff, doctors, or caregivers, it is always best to take action. Our nursing home abuse lawyers in Houston and Chicago can help you work quickly to determine if abuse or neglect have occurred and, if so, hold the responsible parties accountable.
Types of Cases We Handle
With over 35 years in practice, our firm is capable of handling all types of serious injury and wrongful death claims arising from nursing home abuse and/or neglect.
We can assist you with issues such as:
- Serious falls
- Serious pressure ulcers
- Deadly medication errors
- Malnutrition and dehydration
- Deadly sepsis and infections
- Unexpected death
We can also help you learn more about what to look for before selecting a nursing home in order to decrease the likelihood that your loved one will become a victim of nursing home abuse.
To schedule your initial consultation, please contact us at (713) 714-5089.