Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers in Corpus Christi
Elderly patients are easy targets and often become the victims of abuse and/or neglect, particularly if they are unable to speak or are afraid to tell someone that they are being abused. There are many types of nursing home abuse including physical, emotional, and psychological abuse. The elderly are often financially exploited too. Abuse and neglect are frequent occurrences in nursing homes and often happen concurrently.
It can't be said that all nursing homes abuse or neglect their patients; some nursing facilities provide excellent care. Unfortunately, not all facilities have adequate or properly trained staffing, sanitary conditions or the medical capacity to properly care for the weak or infirm. In fact, abuse and neglect of the elderly occurs across Texas and across the U.S. on a daily basis. A local case in point is Najmeh Griffin, the former owner of the Affordable Quality Care Assisted Living in Corpus Christi. Griffin was indicted on two counts of injury to an elderly patient with intent to cause bodily injury, and she was subsequently sentenced to four years in prison. In addition, her nursing home facility was closed down by the state. Her other facility, a day care center for the elderly, closed the following year.
Help is Available When Looking for a Facility
If you are considering a facility, the state's attorney general suggests you call the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) at (800) 458-9858. You can ask questions about any facilities that you are considering and get answers that the facility may not want to reveal. While DADS will not be able to tell you if the facility has a good or a bad rating, they can give you answers to questions about a facility, such as:
- Have there been any proposed license terminations during the past two years?
- How many complaints have been filed during the past year?
- How many complaints were found to be valid within the past year?
- How many deficiency citations have been issued during the past two years?
- How many citations for "quality of care" violations have been issued in the past two years?
- When was the last visit by DADS, and why did they visit?
- Has the owner of this facility had any other facilities recommended for license termination?
Was it Really Just an Accident?
Elderly patients can fall or require emergency care or hospitalization due to an accident or injury that occurred while staying in a nursing home. The director of the facility may tell you it was just an accident, but was it really just an accident? If the events or explanation seem suspicious, you should seek the advice of a knowledgeable attorney. There are many forms of abuse and the only way to really know if you have a cause of action is to speak with an attorney experienced in elder law. And if you or your loved one has been victimized, you must act quickly to protect their safety.
The caring and compassionate personal injury attorneys at Zinda Law Group can intercede on your and we can investigate your claims and help to determine if legal action is warranted or necessary. Call to speak with an attorney today at (800) 863-5312 and let us help you.