The idea of your loved one being neglected by the people you have hired to care for him or her is heartbreaking. However, it is an unfortunate fact that nursing home neglect occurs all the time in the United States. Every year, there are millions of reported cases of nursing home abuse and neglect, and many, many more are never reported. If your loved one suffered any unexplained or preventable injuries, exhibited sudden changes in behavior, or died unexpectedly while under the supervision of a nursing home, he or she may be the victim of neglect.
At Stepp & Sullivan, P.C., we fight for the rights of elderly individuals and their families. Our Houston nursing home neglect lawyers have more than 60 years of combined experience and can help you fully and clearly understand your legal rights.
Contact us today at (713) 714-5089 if you or your loved one has suffered nursing home negligence.
Examples of Nursing Home Neglect
Nursing home neglect can take many forms. Additionally, it often looks different from case to case. Generally speaking, nursing home neglect differs from nursing home abuse in that it is typically caused by inaction as opposed to intentional harmful actions.
Nursing home neglect usually falls under one of four categories:
- Neglect of Basic Needs: This includes things like failing to provide residents with adequate food and water, failing to provide sufficient bathroom facilities, and lack of a clean, safe environment.
- Neglect of Personal Hygiene/Cleanliness: Examples include lack of assistance with bathing, washing, and brushing teeth, as well as lack of clean laundry and bedclothes.
- Neglect of Medical Needs: This can include everything from failure to administer proper medication to failure to properly rotate bedridden residents, resulting in bedsores and other injuries.
- Neglect of Social or Emotional Needs: Examples of social and emotional neglect include ignoring residents, belittling or yelling at residents, and failing to provide sufficient activities.
Essentially, any time a nursing home resident is mistreated, it is a form of neglect. Assisted living facilities have a responsibility to properly care for their residents; when they fail to do so, they should be held accountable.
Understanding Your Rights
If you or your loved one is a victim of nursing home neglect, you may have the right to take legal action. Our nursing home negligence attorneys in Houston can help you fully understand your legal options and work to recover the compensation you are owed for your injuries and/or losses.
To request a consultation with our legal team, please call (713) 714-5089 or submit an online contact form.