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Pearland Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer

Texas has long had a reputation for being one of the worst states in the country when it comes to protecting nursing home residents. Each year there are several thousand reports of abuse and neglect–often including serious crimes–involving nursing home residents. This often comes as a shock to family members who believe their loved one is receiving appropriate care.

Although federal and state prosecutors have become more assertive in recent years in bringing criminal cases against the most horrific abuse cases, individual victims and families still need to consider taking direct civil action to obtain appropriate compensation and relief from negligent nursing homes. A Pearland nursing home abuse lawyer can help you in this process. Attorney Keith B. French is an experienced litigator who can help you in building and proving a case for nursing home abuse in court.

Holding Nursing Homes and Their Staff Accountable for Abuse

Nursing home abuse can take many forms. Some of the more common problems known to exist in Texas nursing homes include:

  • physical abuse, such as beatings or assaults by nursing home staff;
  • sexual abuse (i.e., rape);
  • emotional abuse;
  • financial exploitation;
  • intentional deprivation of a resident’s physical and medical needs; and
  • false imprisonment (i.e., confining a resident against their will and without a legitimate purpose.)

There are often a number of individuals and companies that can be held civilly liable for these forms of abuse. For example, a doctor or nurse may be subject to a medical malpractice lawsuit for providing inadequate or substandard care. Non-medical nursing home staff may be personally liable for individual acts of abuse. And the company that owns the nursing home can be sued for its negligence in failing to properly screen, train, and supervise its employees.

Damages in a nursing home abuse lawsuit can also take several forms. As with any personal injury claim, the victim is entitled to seek economic damages to cover their out-of-pocket financial losses, such as additional medical bills and costs arising from the abuse. The victim can also seek non-economic damages for their pain and suffering and ongoing mental trauma. In cases where the abuse was intentional–i.e., the nursing home resident was physically or sexually assaulted–a defendant may be ordered to pay additional punitive damages as well.

In cases where nursing home abuse proves fatal, the victim’s family and estate can also file a wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible parties. A wrongful death claim is designed to compensate the victim’s surviving spouse and children for their losses arising from their loved one’s death.

Contact Keith B. French Law Today

Nursing home abuse often goes unreported and undetected. Even when family members suspect abuse might be taking place, they fail to act promptly. Do not make this mistake. If you have any reason to suspect your spouse, parent, or another family member is being mistreated, you should not hesitate to speak with an experienced Pearland nursing home abuse lawyer. Contact Keith B. French Law, PLLC, today to schedule a free consultation.

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