Texas Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Attorney
Justice for Victims of Physical, Sexual, and Emotional Abuse in Assisted Living and Memory Care Facilities
You have heard the horror stories: elderly men and women entrusted to the care of nursing home personnel who neglect their duties when no one is watching. In fact, maybe your mother or father is the victim of such nursing home negligence. If this is the case, you need to hire a nursing home abuse lawyer. Call (713) 932-0777 to schedule a free consultation with Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. regarding a possible nursing home negligence lawsuit.
What Type of Abuse Happens in Nursing Homes?
There are four general categories of nursing home abuse: physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, and exploitation. Every type is a crime, and abusing an elderly person is a felony crime.
Do You Suspect Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect?
If you suspect nursing home negligence there are some telltale signs that indicate nursing home abuse, neglect, and negligence to look out for including:
- Unexplained weight loss — Is your parent inexplicably losing weight? If so, there is a chance that the nursing home caregivers are not properly feeding them.
- Dehydration — Your elderly relative’s hydration is a basic responsibility of the nursing home staff. Failing to stay hydrated can result in serious medical complications and can be grounds for a nursing home neglect lawsuit.
- Bed sores — Your parent should not have bed sores (ubiquitous ulcers) Period. If they do, someone is not properly tending to their needs.
- Unsanitary conditions — Is your mother obviously unbathed? Are her sheets or clothing soiled? If so, she may be the victim of neglect. Sure accidents occur, but if this is a recurring theme, you need to call Simmons and Fletcher.
- Public desertion — Was your parent left alone by a nursing home aide in a public place? This is an obvious endangerment and possible grounds for a neglect suit.
- Broken bones — Physical abuse by caregivers happens. If you see this, call us immediately.
If you see any of the above signs, document them and contact us to speak to a nursing home negligence lawyer immediately.
How Should Your Nursing Home Neglect Claim Be Handled?
Once you have decided to something just is not right and that you need to make a move, the attorney you contact should:
- Offer you a free consultation to discuss the details of your case — Never pay for your first meeting. Instead, choose an attorney that offers a no-obligation, no-cost consultation to discuss if you have a legitimate case.
- Operate on a contingency basis — What this means is quite simple. If your lawyer fails to win your case, your lawyer does not receive payment. Only after you obtain compensation will your lawyer get paid. What do you have to lose?
Contact Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. Today
If you think you have a legitimate claim, we can help. Finding a nursing home abuse lawyer experienced with Texas medical malpractice lawsuits can be difficult due to the changes in the law passed under the banner of tort reform. Caps on damages and strict requirements in the law can make handling these cases challenging. At Simmons and Fletcher, P.C., if your case is one in which we cannot assist you, we will try to help you find a health care liability claim lawyer that handles your type of case. As a result, some cases are likely to be referred to another attorney for handling with the client’s permission.
Paul Cannon has practiced personal injury trial law since 1995. He is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law (2005). He has earned recognition as a Super Lawyer by Thompson Reuters in 2017 & 2018, and as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers Association in 2017. He is a Shareholder, trial lawyer and online marketing manager at Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. His legal writings have been published by the Texas Bar Journal, Business.com, Lawyer.com HG Legal Resources, Lawfirms.com, and others. He has been asked to give education talks and media interviews on dog bite law.