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Corpus Christi Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers

Protecting Elderly Victims in Texas Nursing Homes

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Nursing home abuse is a prevalent issue and horrific reality for many elderly residents in assisted living facilities. With 5 million people affected by nursing home abuse every year, it's more critical than ever for elderly Texans and their families to speak up if they notice warning signs. If you suspect that you or a loved one is being abused in a nursing home, seeking sound counsel from a skilled nursing home abuse lawyer is imperative to protect against further harm and prioritize the health and safety of your family. 

At Hilliard Law, our compassionate advocates have over 30 years of experience helping nursing home abuse victims and their loved ones pursue justice in Corpus Christi and beyond. Our firm is committed to bettering the lives in our community by demanding the fair compensation nursing home victims are rightfully entitled to. With decades of legal experience on your side, you can trust our determined team to fight tirelessly for the peace and healing that your family deserves during this difficult time. 

If you or a loved one suffered nursing home abuse, securing trusted representation is a top priority to protect your safety. 

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What Is Nursing Home Abuse? 

In Texas, nursing home abuse is defined as any intentional or negligent act by a caregiver that causes harm or risk of harm to an elderly resident. Unfortunately, nursing home abuse is a prevalent issue that affects many elderly individuals who are vulnerable and dependent on their caregivers, leading to serious harm for elderly Texans and their loved ones.

There are various types of nursing home abuse that can inflict harm on elderly patients, often without the knowledge of their families and friends, with some being more difficult to detect than others. Common types of nursing home abuse include: 

Physical Abuse

Physical abuse in nursing homes refers to the use of physical force resulting in bodily injury, physical pain, or impairment on an elderly resident. Although this type of abuse can be identified by the visible signs it leaves behind, this doesn’t mean that physical abuse doesn’t go unnoticed. Examples of physical abuse include striking, hitting, pushing, shaking, slapping, or kicking. More subtle forms include the inappropriate use of drugs, restraints, or confinement.

In some cases, physical abuse can be hidden or explained away by abusive caregivers or medical personnel, making it all the more vital for family members and loved ones to stay vigilant for signs of physical abuse (such as unexplained bruises, burns, or fractures). If you suspect that you or a loved one is experiencing physical abuse in a nursing home, turning to a trusted attorney is imperative to prevent further harm and seek justice. 

Emotional Abuse

Emotional abuse or psychological abuse is a non-physical type of abuse that can severely impact the mental and emotional health of elderly residents by inflicting fear or distress. Common examples of emotional abuse in nursing homes include:

  • Threats
  • Humiliation
  • Harassment
  • Name-calling
  • Persistent belittling
  • Deliberate isolation from social activities or interactions

Emotional abuse can be just as harmful as physical abuse, if not more so. The psychological effects of emotional abuse can include anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a decreased quality of life, feelings of dread or worthlessness, suicidal thoughts or actions, and other mental health conditions. 

Although emotional abuse can be difficult to prove, our knowledgeable attorneys can help fortify your case with compelling evidence to hold abusers accountable. You can trust our firm to prioritize your family’s unique needs during this difficult time, allowing you and your loved ones to focus on healing. 

Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse in nursing homes involves any form of non-consensual sexual contact with an elderly resident. This includes unwanted touching, sexual assault, and rape, as well as forcing the victim to view sexually explicit materials or acts. Like other forms of abuse, sexual abuse can be committed by caregivers, fellow residents, or visitors.

The consequences of sexual abuse can be severe, often resulting in lasting psychological, emotional, and physical trauma to victims. Elderly residents who have been sexually abused can exhibit various signs, such as unexplained infections, bruising in the genital area, sudden changes in behavior or mood, and torn or stained clothing or undergarments.

If you suspect that a loved one is being sexually abused in a nursing home, it's essential to seek representation from a trusted nursing home abuse attorney. At Hilliard Law, we provide compassionate counsel to victims of nursing home abuse and their loved ones while tirelessly fighting for the compensation they deserve, allowing families to focus on healing while we hold abusers accountable for negligence. 

Financial Abuse

Financial abuse, also known as economic abuse, entails financially exploiting elderly victims by using their assets, property, or other resources without their consent. Common forms of financial abuse in nursing homes include:

  • Stealing cash or valuables
  • Forging signatures on checks or documents
  • Using a resident's credit cards without permission
  • Coercing an elderly resident to sign over power of attorney or wills for the abuser's benefit

Financial abuse can leave elderly victims without needed resources to support themselves, resulting in severe financial strain and even homelessness. If you suspect a loved one is being financially exploited in a nursing home, our experienced nursing home abuse attorneys can pursue maximum compensation for their suffering.

Elder Neglect

Neglect occurs when caregivers fail to provide the necessary care and attention to elderly residents, resulting in physical or emotional harm. This includes withholding food, water, medication, or other necessities. Neglect can also manifest in the form of inadequate supervision, leading to accidents or injuries.

The effects of neglect can be devastating for elderly victims who are frail and dependent on their caregivers for basic needs. Our Corpus Christi attorneys can fight for the justice you deserve.

Warning Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

Identifying nursing home abuse can be difficult, especially since many victims may not speak up or may not have the physical or cognitive ability to do so. However, there are some common signs that may indicate abuse is occurring. 

Common warning signs of nursing home abuse include: 

  • Malnutrition or dehydration
  • Changes in behavior or mood
  • Unexplained financial transactions
  • Unexplained bruises, cuts, or other injuries
  • Poor hygiene or unsanitary living conditions

If you notice any of these signs, it’s critical to act quickly to prevent you or a loved one from suffering serious harm. Our compassionate nursing home abuse lawyers have more than 30 years of experience representing elderly victims of nursing home abuse, fighting tirelessly for the maximum compensation they deserve in Corpus Christi and beyond.

Nursing home abuse can leave elderly victims unsure of where to turn. Our lawyers can fearlessly protect your rights.

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Contact a Corpus Christi Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer

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Our nationally recognized firm is dedicated to protecting you in and out of the courtroom, ensuring your rights are protected from start to finish while we advocate for the favorable outcome you deserve. If you were injured by someone else’s carelessness in Corpus Christi or the surrounding area, look no further than the compassionate counsel at Hilliard Law to guide your steps with wisdom and clarity. 

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