Nursing Home Abuse in Texas
Have you seen worrisome signs that suggest your loved one might be the victim of nursing home abuse? Unexplained injuries, sudden weight loss, fear of being left alone with a particular caretaker...all suggest that an elderly or vulnerable adult is possibly being abused. If you think—or know—that someone is an elder abuse victim, call the local police and a Texas nursing home abuse attorney immediately.
Recognizing Elder Abuse & Nursing Home Abuse
There are many types of elder abuse, but regardless of the form it takes, elder abuse is a crime.
The Texas Attorney General's Office says:
"Abuse includes involuntary seclusion, intimidation, humiliation, harassment, threats of punishment, deprivation, hitting, slapping, pinching, kicking, any type of corporal punishment, sexual assault, sexual coercion, sexual harassment, verbal abuse, or any oral, written, or gestured language that includes disparaging or derogatory terms, regardless of the person's ability to hear or comprehend."
Abuse can also include neglect and financial exploitation. When abuse occurs in an assisted-living facility, it's considered to be nursing home abuse.
If you see signs of potential abuse, you must take immediate action. In addition to contacting law enforcement authorities and a nursing home abuse lawyer in Texas, you can also contact:
- Adult Protective Services at 800-252-5400
- The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) Consumer Rights and Services at 800-458-9858
- The Long-Term Care Ombudsman, if the victim was abused in a nursing home
Reasons to Hire a Texas Elder Abuse Attorney
Law enforcement will investigate the suspected abuse and charge the abuser with a crime if sufficient evidence exists. If the criminal prosecution is successful, the abuser faces fines, probation, the loss of professional licenses and even jail time.
It's important to realize, however, that those fines are paid to the government, not the abuse victim. To collect compensation from the abuser, the victim—with the help of a Texas elder abuse lawyer—will have to file a nursing home abuse lawsuit against the abuser in civil court.
A personal injury lawsuit allows the victim to recoup money to pay for:
- Abuse-related medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Any money that was stolen by the abuser
- Repair or replacement of personal property that was damaged or destroyed in connection with the abuse
Find & Hire Texas Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys
Under Texas law, there's a limited time frame in which to file a personal injury lawsuit against an abuser. Typically, this is two years from the date of the abuse. While that might seem like a long time period, lawsuits take time, so you'll want to hire Texas elder abuse attorneys as soon as possible after abuse is suspected or known to have occurred.
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