Nursing home neglect and abuse are all too common. It is truly tragic when those who cannot speak up or help themselves are the ones being harmed. Even our nation’s veterans can fall victim to this mistreatment. Men and women who served in the military constitute a large portion of our older adult population. Sadly, many of them face disabilities and other hardships. They served for us, and now it is our turn to serve them.
If your elderly loved one suffered neglect or abuse in a nursing home, Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can help. Our team of Dallas veterans neglect and abuse lawyers knows Texas law and will work to put together the strongest case possible for your family. Together, we can seek justice for your loved one and help stop the liable parties from harming other residents. To get started, contact us today at (800) 842-6336 for a free consultation.
Veterans Are an Important Population
We all have a responsibility to look out for the safety and health of our elderly population. According to a study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), the older adult population in the United States will reach 72 million by 2030. Veterans are part of this growing population—more than 45% of the country’s veteran population is over 65 years old.
California has the highest veteran population in the nation. But Texas has the second-highest veteran population with nearly 1.5 million, according to the Texas Workforce Investment Council. Of the veterans who call Texas home, approximately 28% have at least one disability.
Care Facilities for Veterans
Just like any resident of a nursing home, veterans should be guaranteed a certain standard of care. Veterans in Texas have a choice of long-term care facilities, depending on the area they want to live in and what their needs are. There are Texas State Veterans Homes, VA Community Living Centers, and community nursing homes. Any of these options should provide your veteran family member with a safe, nurturing, and healthy environment.
When nursing homes are understaffed, underequipped, or underfunded, their staff can become stressed and anxious. In these situations, neglect and abuse are more likely to occur—although they are never acceptable. It is unthinkable to most of us to neglect or abuse a veteran in our care, but unfortunately, it does happen. One way to end neglect and abuse is to keep a close watch for any warning signs when visiting your loved one.
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Warning Signs of Neglect and Abuse
Coming to terms with the fact that your elderly loved one is being neglected or abused can be very difficult. You chose a nursing home where you thought your family member would receive kindness and compassion from their caregivers. Unfortunately, nursing home residents often do not have the capacity to tell anyone what is happening to them, and they may not be able to do anything to stop it.
There are multiple types of abuse, including physical, sexual, financial, and psychological. According to the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), the most common type of abuse in American nursing homes is physical. Warning signs for physical abuse may include bruises, unexplained injuries, or your loved one’s refusal to have a particular person care for them.
Neglect is often the result of understaffed facilities, but that is still no excuse. Neglect can be as obvious as leaving a resident in their room in soiled clothing or not helping them with tasks such as eating, drinking, walking, or bathing. In some cases, neglected residents are kept from participating in any social activities.
Other signs of possible abuse include bedsores, emotional changes, dehydration, malnourishment, and unsanitary conditions. If you believe that your family member is the victim of nursing home neglect or abuse, the time to act is now. Your loved one has a right to be healthy and safe in the care of a nursing home. To get started, contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today for a free case evaluation.
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Your Legal Right to Compensation
According to Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code §16.003, you have two years to file a lawsuit for personal injury or wrongful death. Any lawsuit to recover damages for medical malpractice is also subject to a two-year statute of limitations, as stated in Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code §74.251.
You have the legal right to seek compensation for the neglect or abuse your elderly loved one suffered. For example, you may be able to recover the cost of medical bills or relocating them to a new nursing home. If your loved one died, you can pursue funeral and burial costs. You can also attempt to recover non-economic damages such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of companionship.
There are limitations in place regarding how much you can seek in damages. These caps depend upon the nature and details of your case. A Dallas veterans neglect and abuse lawyer can help determine the right amount of compensation to pursue on behalf of your loved one.
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Our nation’s veterans deserve protection. They served in the military to keep our country and its citizens safe—now it is our turn to pay them back with respect and care.
Your family has been through enough. Our team of Dallas veterans neglect and abuse lawyers is ready to fight this battle with you. Contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today at (800) 842-6336 for a free case review.