Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers in Dallas
When you made the decision to put your elderly parent or another relative in a nursing home, you trusted the caregivers and management to take proper care of your loved one. That is why it is such a shocking betrayal to learn that he or she has been the victim of nursing home abuse. According to the Texas Department of Health, up to 30 percent of all nursing homes in the state have been cited for everything from minor infractions to causing the death of a resident. Every nursing home is required to be licensed and provide a minimum quality of care, but that doesn't mean the law is always followed.
Nursing home residents have specific rights, including the following:
- The right not to be involuntarily secluded from others.
- Freedom from physical, sexual or emotional abuse and inappropriate physical restraint.
- The right to privacy and to have their dignity respected.
- The right to a clean living environment and ongoing housekeeping services.
- Each resident should have a proper healthcare plan and access to nutritious foods.
In addition to providing every resident with these basic rights, the following requirements are also mandatory for every nursing home in Texas:
- A registered nurse (RN) must be on the premises for a minimum of eight hours a day, seven days a week.
- Each nursing home is required to have a doctor, dentist, mental health worker and dietician on staff.
- An infection control regiment must be in place to prevent the spread of contagious diseases.
- Residents must not be left in soiled clothes and their laundry must be washed regularly. Clothing must be labeled to ensure that it is put on the right resident.
- All sinks and bathrooms must be sterile and dishes must be washed immediately after use.
What to Do if You Suspect Your Loved One is a Victim of Nursing Home Abuse
It is very important that you document your concerns with the date, time and description of the incident. This is especially true when your parent or other relative is non-verbal and can't describe his or her own abuse. You should schedule a meeting with the director of the nursing home to discuss your concerns as soon as possible. You may also make a report to the Texas Department of Health or to the company that owns the nursing home. If you are still not satisfied that your concerns are being appropriately addressed, consider working with a nursing home abuse lawyer.
Schedule a Free Consultation with Zinda Law Group
The compassionate Personal Injury Attorneys at Zinda Law Group are available to meet with you at no charge to learn more about your nursing home abuse case. We are prepared to file a lawsuit on behalf of your loved one if necessary. Our primary concern is to ensure that your family member receives proper care and financial compensation for past injuries.