San Antonio Nursing Home Abuse Attorney
Statistics show that 30% of all nursing homes or assisted living facilities are cited for instances of abuse. Unfortunately, an even more alarming fact is that the majority of these abuse cases are never reported. Numerous studies have revealed severe instances of physical harm inside of a nursing home, from physical injuries causing broken bones to many other serious physical injuries. This type of abuse does not have to just be infliction of physical pain, it also includes areas such as:
- Severe negligence resulting in malnutrition
- Inadequate medical care
Shockingly, many cases involving sexual abuse have also been reported. Unfortunately, there are extreme cases of neglect, physical injury, and sexual abuse in which the end result is death.
Hire A Nursing Home Abuse
Attorney To Protect Your Family
Patients in assisted living centers and nursing homes are among the most vulnerable members of our society. When it comes to protecting their rights, the San Antonio injury attorneys at Ketterman Rowland & Westlund work diligently to protect the rights of your loved ones. The nursing home abuse attorneys at KRW have the experience necessary to aggressively seek the compensation that you and your family deserve. These rights include:
- Payment for all medical care
- Reimbursement for any lost earnings
- Compensation for the physical pain and mental anguish suffered by your loved one in a nursing home or assisted living center.
If you or your loved one has been the victim of injury in an assisted living center, nursing home, or other medical facility, KRW Injury Lawyers are here to help protect your rights.
Nursing Home Abuse Statistics
According to the American Association for Justice*, 90% of U.S. nursing homes have “staffing levels too low to provide adequate care.” In 2003, there were 20,673 complaints of “abuse, gross neglect, and exploitation” in nursing homes. Only 1 in 14 incidents of elderly mistreatment were actually reported to the proper authorities. Clearly, you do not need an attorney to tell you that abuse is a big deal in not only San Antonio, but also the rest of America. However, you might have some more questions about nursing home abuse.
FAQ’s on Nursing Home Abuse
What constitutes nursing home abuse?
Nursing home abuse can be intentional and direct (e.g. sexual and physical abuse) or it can be in the form of neglect (e.g. the facility is understaffed, resulting in dehydration or starvation for some patients due to poor management). Both forms of abuse – negligence and misconduct – are considered serious offenses in the eyes of the court.
Does nursing home abuse happen a lot?
Well, you read our statistics above. It seems that nursing home abuse is a lot more common than even those statistics might suggest. Because many cases go unreported – due to fear or lack of resources – it is extremely likely that these forms of mistreatment are an even bigger issue than we are first led to believe.
How can a Personal Injury Attorney help?
Nursing home mistreatment is, by all definitions, Personal Injury. As such, a KRW Personal Injury Attorney can help you and your parent, grandparent, or loved one fight back. It is sad but true that many caregivers, overworked and exhausted by routine, are to blame in nursing home abuse. Filing an abuse claim with a Personal Injury Attorney does not mean you are out to pursue one particular worker. In many circumstances, it is a health care management company that is to blame – not an individual. This is especially true in instances of negligence.
How do I know if we need an injury lawyer?
Getting the full story from the victim can be difficult. If you have reason to suspect that your loved one is being mistreated in a nursing home or assisted living facility, please do not hesitate to speak with an injury lawyer first about how you should address the situation. The last thing you want to do is create drama that may not necessarily exist by taking it to the courtroom.
Ask one of our Personal Injury Attorneys how you can bring up the topic of nursing home abuse with a loved one. It is time to end the suffering by finding proper legal representation with one of our injury attorneys today!
For more information on KRW Injury Attorneys or to schedule a hassle free consultation call (210) 490-4357