Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer in Atascocita
Are You Concerned about Nursing Home Abuse?
If you are concerned someone you love is suffering abuse or neglect in a nursing home, don’t wait until it is too late to find out. Contact a nursing home abuse lawyer in Atascocita now. At Brown, Christie & Green, we can help you determine if abuse or neglect is occurring, and if so, what options you have to protect your loved one.
Can I Sue for Nursing Home Abuse?
Once you speak to a nursing home abuse lawyer in Atascocita, you will be able to determine if you have grounds for a civil lawsuit against the facility or an individual for financial compensation. If so, we can help you determine the best course of action for pursuing justice for your loved one.
If you have a loved one in a nursing home, take into account some of these frequently alleged circumstances. Each of these examples, with the appropriate fact pattern, would be a legally actionable claim for a monetary award.
Nursing homes have an obligation to staff their facilities in sufficient number and with appropriately qualified, well-trained employees. If a nursing home resident suffers neglect or abuse, facilities may be found liable if they:
- Hire without running background checks
- Hire employees without the appropriate degrees or certifications
- Staff too few employees to meet the needs of their residents
- Fail to adequately train employees on the needs of geriatric residents
Failing to Provide Legal or Regulatory Rights
As citizens, patients, and as nursing home residents, the victims of elder abuse have both legal rights and rights to which they are entitled according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). These rights encompass their American rights to autonomy and privacy, but also the right to receive the standard of care, and the right to live in an environment free from abuse or coercion.
A nursing home may be found liable as an entity if one of its employees neglects or abuses a resident by violating their civil rights. It is also possible an individual employee could be found liable as well. For specific questions of liability, seek the opinion of a nursing home lawyer in Atascocita.
Medical Neglect or Error
Virtually every nursing home resident has a regimen of prescribed medications they must take to maintain their health. For patients living with chronic illnesses like diabetes, proper management of medication can be the difference between life and death. If a resident becomes ill or dies due to a medication error, the doctor, registered nurse, or even the pharmacist could potentially be liable for the mistake.
Nursing home residents also must be provided access to routine medical and dental care, and specialized care when necessary. This includes medical care provided by the facility, but also independent and resident-chosen healthcare providers.
An Unsanitary or Unsafe Living Environment
One of the regulatory rights to which nursing home residents are entitled is a clean, obstacle-free living environment. Allowing vulnerable patients to live in squalor is not only unconscionable, but it is also an excellent way to spread dangerous illnesses quickly through a vulnerable elderly population.
Nursing homes must maintain a reasonable level of cleanliness and take every precaution to prevent the spread of illness or infection among the residents. They are also tasked with ensuring that an infection does not progress to sepsis. If they fail to do so, they can be found liable for any harm that arises due to illness or infection.
Consult with Nursing Home Lawyer in Atascocita
If your concerns about your loved one’s nursing home mirrors any of these common causes for legal action, contact Brown, Christie & Green. Our nursing home abuse lawyer in Atascocita can help you understand your options. Call us toll free at 1-800-600-4210 to request a free consultation.
- Unexplained bruises or injuries
- Frequent falls
- Unexplained changes in mood
- Development of bedsores
- Dirty living area, laundry, or linens
- Missing personal property or money
Nursing home abuse is preventable. Administrators must do their part to ensure adequate staffing, healthcare, and supervision.
How Safe are Nursing Homes in Atascocita?
U.S. News & World Report recently published their annual report of the “Best Nursing Homes.” Their survey compared safety categories for nursing homes all over the country including fire safety, health inspection performance, quality of medical care, and nurse staffing ratio.
At Brown, Christie & Green, or nursing home abuse lawyer in Atascocita knows of more than 70 nursing homes in the Atascocita area. For families living in Atascocita, you may find that the best nursing homes in the area are in nearby Spring or Houston.
The Safest Nursing Homes near Atascocita
Two nursing homes nearby received the “Best Nursing Home” badge from U.S. News due to their exceptional performance in almost all categories.
The Village at Gleannloch Farms in Spring, TX
- Received a rating of “Better than Average” for its overall rating, but also an impressive “High Performing” rating for its short-stay rehabilitation services.
- The facility received solid “high performing” scores in all categories except the health inspection report category where it received “average” ranking.
- A small facility with 35 beds
- For-profit and corporate-owned
- Accepts Medicare, but not Medicaid
Hermann Hospital in Houston, TX
- Has an impressive overall rating of “High Performing,” and also a “High Performing” rating for its short-stay rehabilitation services.
- Though the facility received “high performing” scores in most categories, it did receive a rating of “poor” in the medical care quality measures category.
- A very small facility with only 9 beds
- Nonprofit, corporate ownership
- Accepts Medicare, but not Medicaid
Most Dangerous Nursing Home around Atascocita
Among the nursing homes close to Atascocita rated by U.S. News, Deerbrook Skilled Nursing and Rehab Center in Humble, TX had the lowest score with an overall rating of “Poor”.
- This facility has paid one fine for health and safety violations in the last 3 years in the amount of $39,000.
- The facility’s ratings were mostly “below average” except in the nurse-to-patient ratio category in which it received a rating of “poor.”
- A large facility with 124 beds
- For-profit, corporate ownership
- Accepts both Medicare and Medicaid
Need Information about Nursing Home Abuse?
If you or someone you love has suffered injury or illness because of unsafe conditions in a nursing home near Atascocita, call Brown, Christie, and Green. Our nursing home abuse lawyer in Atascocita can help you understand and protect your legal rights. To schedule a free consultation, call toll free at 1-800-600-4210. You can also contact us online.