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Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

No one wants to place a loved one in a nursing home, but when you must, you expect that the nursing home staff will do their job competently and compassionately.  Unfortunately, the care in many nursing homes falls far short of the mark.  Careless neglect and abuse of the elderly in nursing homes happen far too often.

There are laws and regulations that have been passed to protect elders from abuse and neglect in nursing homes, but too often inspectors are far too busy to identify and correct the problems.  Sometimes, you have no choice but to hire an attorney to redress the wrong.

At Rosen & Spears, we represent nursing home residents and their families when serious injuries result from elder abuse and  patient neglect:


Types of Abuse:

  • Physical Abuse
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Physical or Chemical Restraints
  • Verbal Abuse
  • Financial Exploitation

Types of Neglect:

  • Bed Sores, Pressure Sores , Decubitus Ulcers
  • Falls/Fractures
  • Wandering or Elopement
  • Malnutrition
  • Dehydration
  • Unnecessary or Untreated Infections
  • Sepsis
  • Medication Errors
  • Burns
  • Choking
  • Bed Rail Strangulation

Rosen & Spears has the nursing home lawyers with the experience necessary to evaluate and prosecute your case competently, professionally, and compassionately.

Abuse of the elderly can take many forms, but it is particularly egregious when it happens in a nursing home at the hands of people who are supposed to be taking care of you.  Federal law defines abuse in a nursing home as

Any act, failure to act, or incitement to act done willfully, knowingly, or recklessly through words or physical action which causes or could cause mental or physical injury or harm or death to a resident. This includes verbal, sexual, mental/psychological, or physical abuse, including corporal punishment, involuntary seclusion, or any other actions within this definition.

Examples of physical abuse include

  • Hitting
  • Slapping
  • Pinching
  • Kicking.
  • Controlling behavior through corporal punishment.
  • Sexual abuse

However, abuse is not always physical, it also can be:

  • Involuntary seclusion
  • Mental/psychological abuse
  • Verbal abuse

If you are aware any abuse of a nursing home resident, you should report it immediately to the State agency responsible for investigation in nursing homes.

In Texas, that number is 1-800-458-9858.