If You Suspect Nursing Home Neglect or Abuse, You Need to Speak with a Lawyer
As our loved ones age, we often place our trust in nursing homes to provide them with compassionate and professional care. Unfortunately, often – far too often – this trust is misplaced. National data show that neglect and abuse in nursing homes are alarmingly common, with hundreds of thousands of instances of neglect and abuse reported each year.
According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA), as many as ten percent of seniors have experienced some form of elder abuse. Sadly, the NCOA also estimates that more than seven percent of elder abuse cases go unreported. Instances of neglect and abuse tend to get worse before they get better, and seniors who feel intimidated or who do not fully understand their circumstances can suffer through years of inadequate and abusive care.
All of this goes to show that, if you are concerned a senior loved one may be suffering from neglect or abuse in a nursing home: (i) you need to take action, and (ii) you are not alone. At the Law Offices of Ronald A. Ramos, P.C., we provide a voice to senior nursing home residents and families who are unable to stand up for themselves. We can investigate your aging loved one’s treatment and living conditions; and, if he or she has experienced negligent care or exploitation, we can help you put an end to the abuse. We handle cases involving nursing homes throughout the Laredo area, with attorney Ronald A. Ramos bringing 35 years’ experience to helping seniors and their families secure the justice they deserve.
What Constitutes Nursing Home Neglect or Abuse?
There are many forms of elder neglect and abuse. If you suspect any of the following, we encourage you to seek help as soon as possible:
Common warning signs of physical abuse in nursing homes include unexplained injuries, pain, emotional withdrawal, and evasiveness from nursing home caregivers and staff.
Sexual abuse includes all forms of unwanted inappropriate contact as well as sexual exploitation of seniors who are not able to provide consent.
Emotional abuse can include verbal attacks, threats of physical or sexual abuse, harassment and intimidation, and depriving nursing home residents of their basic needs.
Failure to monitor (resulting in falls or wandering off), medication errors, lack of nutrition and hydration, and failure to prevent bed sores are all common forms of nursing home neglect.
Common forms of financial exploitation include theft of cash, use of credit cards, check forgery, and use of undue influence to obtain access to residents’ financial resources.
How We Can Help
If an elderly family member has experienced neglect or abuse in a Laredo nursing home, we can help you with:
- Obtaining necessary medical treatment from an independent medical facility
- Removing your senior loved one from a negligent or abusive nursing home
- Recovering your family’s medical expenses and other out-of-pocket costs
- Seeking compensation for your loved one’s pain and suffering, emotional distress, and other harm
Contact Us for a Confidential Consultation
To speak with attorney Ronald A. Ramos about your situation, please call (956) 725-7537 or contact us online. Your initial consultation is free and confidential, and we do not charge any legal fees unless we help you recover just compensation.
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