Texas and Houston Elder Abuse Lawyer
Abuse of Vulnerable Adults
In most cases, when an elderly person enters a nursing home, assisted living facility, independent living community, or other elderly care facility, it usually involves a need to be safe and cared for. Unfortunately, the very people and organizations we are trusting to care for our elderly relatives are violating that trust. Millions of elderly Americans have been abused, neglected, or mistreated in nursing homes and other care facilities. An alarming number of nursing homes continue to operate after receiving citations for major infractions, continue to hire staff and personnel with criminal records in their backgrounds, and continue to allow our elderly family members to suffer abuse.
Elder abuse can take on many forms, including emotional abuse, intimidation and financial exploitation, but the most damaging forms of elder abuse involve direct physical abuse and sexual abuse. If you have an elderly relative in a nursing home or other care facility, watch for some of the most important warning signs of physical or sexual abuse:
- Bruises and other injuries
- Signs of physical restraint
- Broken items in the room
- Damaged or blood-stained clothing
- Signs of abusive sexual activity, like bruised breasts and vaginal bleeding
- Signs of depression, like sudden weight loss, not eating and general withdrawal from loved ones
- Reluctance from the staff to leave you alone with your elderly relative
It is always a good idea to take some time on every nursing home visit to spend alone with your elderly relative, with no staff or medical personnel in the room, so you can ascertain whether there are signs of abuse or neglect.
Perpetrators of Physical and Sexual Abuse in Nursing Homes
- Health care providers: Doctors, nurses, nurse's assistants, and other health care providers generally have the most unrestricted access to vulnerable adults.
- Staff: In far too many cases, the custodial, maintenance, and support staff are inadequately screened. People with criminal records in their backgrounds become part of the daily operations of nursing homes, and it doesn't take long for them to gain access to the elderly residents.
- Other residents: In some cases, the abuse does not come from the staff or health care professionals, but from the victim's neighbors within the nursing home.
Regardless of whether or not the primary offender is in the employ of the nursing home, that facility is responsible for the safety and well-being of its residents. If you are a nursing home resident who has suffered physical abuse, sexual abuse, or any other kind of mistreatment, or if you have an elderly relative who has suffered nursing home abuse, the nursing home should be held accountable for the pain, suffering, and humiliation you and your family have had to endure.
Contact Gilde Law Firm ∙ Nursing Home Assault Attorney ∙ 877-309-4613
At Gilde Law Firm, we represent nursing home victims of sexual abuse and physical abuse in Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth and San Antonio and throughout Texas and the United States.
We Believe | We Fight | We Win
- We Believe: If you or a family member has been physically or sexually abused in a nursing home or other elder care facility, you need someone to hear your story and believe in your case.
- We Fight: Our founding attorney, Brad Gilde, has the background and experience handling adversarial litigation. We will fight for your cause.
- We Win: We will work to obtain full and fair compensation for the injustices you have suffered.
Contact an Elder Abuse Litigation Lawyer
Q: Have you or a loved one been injured as a result of nursing home abuse or neglect?
A: If you answered YES to this question, don't delay. Call us immediately.
Call 877-309-4613 or send us an e-mail to arrange a free initial consultation with an experienced trial lawyer. For the convenience of our Spanish-speaking clients, we have staff that is fluent in Spanish and available to speak with you. Hablamos Español.