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Nursing Home Claims

If you or a loved one has fallen victim to abuse or neglect while under the supervision of a nursing home, you need an experienced nursing home attorney on your side.  While the majority of nursing homes are staffed with competent medical professionals, there are some facilities that fail to provide adequate care for the elderly.  These sub-standard facilities must be held accountable when the health and well being of a parent or relative is carelessly neglected. 

Resident rights include but are not limited to:

  • Records: You have the right to a complete copy of your records from the facility within two working days after requested. A.A.C. R9-10-907(k).
  • Respect: You have the right to be treated with dignity and respect.
  • Services and Fees: You must be informed in writing about services and fees before you enter the nursing home.
  • Money: You have the right to manage your own money or to choose someone else you trust to do this for you.
  • Privacy: You have the right to privacy, and to keep and use your personal belongings and property as long as it doesn't interfere with the rights, health, or safety of others.
  • Medical Care: You have the right to be informed about your medical condition, medications, and to see you own doctor. You also have the right to refuse medications and treatments.

Whether a caregiver fails to meet the needs of the senior (neglect) or actually physically or mentally abuses a resident, nursing home abuse is not uncommon in today's society, and we must do our best to prevent it. Recently, there has been increased recognition that elderly and dependent adults are subject to risks of abuse, neglect and abandonment.

If you notice any one of these signs of nursing home neglect, take action right away. Call The Sheena Law Firm today, and we will initiate a prompt investigation into whether your loved one is being abused or neglected. If we discover that negligence, abuse or mistreatment has occurred, we will vigorously prosecute the appropriate lawsuit, hire the best experts and obtain justice for you and your loved one. The abuse can be recurrent neglect or a single egregious event which produces injury, either physical or financial. There are several common types of injuries that are suffered as a result of recurrent neglect, including:

Common Signs of Nursing Home & Assisted Living Facility Abuse & Neglect:

  • Abandonment

  • Aspiration pneumonia

  • Beatings & neglect

  • Bed sores & pressure sores

  • Caregiver always claims the elderly is "Taking a nap," if You call or come to visit
  • Caregiver attempts to obtain power of attorney
  • Caregiver insists on always remaining in the room-won't allow the elderly to answer questions/answers for them
  • Caregiver won't allow friends or relatives access to the elderly person

  • Defective equipment

  • Development & deterioration from infection

  • Falls, broken bones & fractures

  • Failure of staff to report any changes in condition

  • Fearfulness & depression
  • Filthy & unsanitary living quarters

  • Gangrene

  • Improper, wrong or over-medication

  • Lack of supervision (allowing residents to wander away from the facility)

  • Malnutrition or dehydration

  • Over-sedation

  • Physical abuse or unexplained injury

  • Physical or chemical restraints

  • Poor personal hygiene

  • Rapid weight loss or weight gain

  • Septic shock

  • Serious injury requiring hospitalization

  • Sexual assault

  • Substandard medical care

  • Sudden inability to pay bills, or living expenses

  • Theft of money & personal property

  • Unexpected or wrongful death

  • Unexplained bruising or fractures

  • Untrained or insufficient staff

  • Use of unauthorized medication

Right now you may be wondering whether you or a loved one are really a victim of nursing home negligence and abuse. If any of the signs or symptoms described above is in evidence, do not hesitate to call and speak to The Sheena Law Firm today.

Danny M. Sheena, P.E.

The Sheena Law Firm
2500 West Loop South, Suite 518
Houston, Texas 77027
(713) 224-6508 - Office
(713) 225-1560 - Fax

Email: [email protected]


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