Providing Sound Representation to Nursing Home Abuse Victims
Sugar Land Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
Representing Clients in Houston and the Surrounding Areas
Nursing home injuries and death are happening at an alarming rate across Texas. Inadequate staffing, poor training, and insufficient regulations have had devastating effects on one of our most vulnerable populations. Putting an end to nursing home abuse and neglect means that more residents must come forward.
At The Karam Law Office, we represent individuals and their families who have suffered from abuse or neglect at a Texas nursing home. In the unthinkable event that a loved one has passed away in a long-term care facility, we will aggressively pursue a wrongful death claim.
Contact our office today at (281) 302-5272 to discuss how we can help hold these centers accountable and stop nursing home abuse and neglect in the future. All consultations are free and confidential. Call now to speak with a knowledgeable Sugar Land nursing home abuse lawyer.
What Is Nursing Home Abuse?
According to Texas Health and Human Services, “abuse is the willful infliction of injury, unreasonable confinement, intimidation, or punishment with resulting physical harm, pain or mental anguish.” It can include physical, emotional, or sexual abuse, neglect or abandonment, or exploitation.
Signs of nursing home abuse or neglect:
- Unexplained injuries
- Broken bones
- Refusal to allow visitors
- Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
- Odd behavior
- Weight loss
- Bedsores or pressure sores
- Unhygienic conditions (dirty fingernails, matted hair, soiled clothing, unchanged bedding)
- Missing or unaccounted for money
- Refusal to speak or eat
If you suspect that your loved one is being mistreated in a long-term care facility, contact our office immediately to speak with a Sugar Land nursing home abuse lawyer.
Types of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
Nursing home abuse is not limited to physical abuse; it can also involve neglect and exploitation.
Types of abuse that occurs in nursing homes and assisted living facilities include:
- Physical abuse (hitting, pushing, slapping, kicking, restraining)
- Emotional or psychological abuse
- Neglect and abandonment (failure to provide necessary care and medical services)
- Sexual abuse
- Financial abuse
A special investigation by The Texas Observer and Type Investigations found that since 2015, more than 1,800 “dangerous incidents” at Texas nursing homes have been reported to federal regulators. Texas leads the nation in reports of “serious deficiencies” at nursing homes.
Where Does Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Happen?
The term “nursing home” is used to define a broad range of long-term care facilities. According to the Texas Health Care Association, there are over 3,200 nursing homes and assisted living facilities in the state.
Nursing home abuse can occur at any of these facilities:
- Long-term care providers
- Nursing homes
- Assisted living facilities
- In-home care
- Nursing centers
The number of people over the age of 65 in Texas is expected to triple by 2040. Many nursing homes and assisted living facilities are struggling right now to provide adequate staffing and care, let alone being able to meet the demand in the future. Tragically, this may result in even more incidents of nursing home abuse or neglect.
Poorly Rated Nursing Homes in the Sugar Land/Houston Area
The following nursing homes were given 1/5 stars based on health inspections, staffing, and quality of resident care measures. Star ratings are attributed to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
These nursing homes were rated the worst among 84 total facilities in the Sugar Land/Houston area:
- Afton Oaks Nursing Center
- Arden Place
- Arden Wood
- Ashford Gardens
- Capstone Healthcare Estates at Veterans Memorial
- Cypress Pointe Health & Wellness
- Cypress Creek Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center
- First Colony Health and Rehabilitation Center
- Focused Care at Beechnut
- Galleria Residence and Rehabilitation Center
- Heritage Park of Katy Nursing and Rehabilitation
- Highland Park Care Center
- Houston Heights Healthcare Centre
- Mason Creek Transitional Care of Katy
- Oakmont Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center of Katy
- Park Manor of Westchase
- Richard A. Anderson (State of Texas Veterans Land)
- Solera at West Houston
- SPJST Rest Home No 2
- Sterling Oaks Rehabilitation
- Texas Institute for Clinically Complex Care
- Westchase Health and Rehabilitation Center
- Windsor Houston
- Windsor Quail Valley Post-Acute Healthcare
If you or a loved one experienced abuse at one of these facilities or any nursing home in the greater Houston area, please do not hesitate to contact The Karam Law Office.
Primary Causes of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
Understaffing is one of the biggest problems facing nursing homes and assisted living facilities in the state. The Observer’s in-depth investigation found that nearly all the facilities that they examined were “well below the thresholds for adequate staffing determined by federal regulators.”
Considering the expected increase in demand for long-term care facilities, the problem will only get worse unless major reforms are implemented. The Texas Health Care Association estimates that Texas nursing homes already see turnover rates that exceed 90 percent. Described as a “Silver Tsunami,” the population of people aged 65 and older will see a 262.9 percent increase by 2050.
Causes of nursing home abuse or neglect:
- Inadequate training or education
- High turnover rates
- Insufficient staff ratio/gross understaffing
- Overstressed/overworked staff
- Failure to supervise
- Lack of a skilled workforce (inability to handle the specific and demanding mental and physical needs of residents)
- Significantly underpaid staff
Why Aren’t More Nursing Home Residents Reporting Abuse?
As with other forms of abuse, it is suspected that a large portion of nursing home abuse and neglect goes unreported. Residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities often fear retaliation for coming forward with their abuse. It is illegal for a long-term care provider to intimidate or retaliate against a resident or their family member for coming forward with allegations of abuse or neglect.
If you see any signs of abuse, contact our office immediately. We can help contact law enforcement and protect your family member from future harm. Our Sugar Land nursing home abuse lawyers can help you understand your rights and get the justice your loved one deserves.
What to Do If You Suspect Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect
No person should ever be subjected to harm from the people entrusted to provide and care for them. At the first sign of abuse or neglect, you can report it to the appropriate agencies. At The Karam Law Office, we can help you report the abuse to the proper authorities and pursue a personal injury lawsuit or wrongful death claim against the provider for their negligence or wrongdoing.
If your loved one is in a nursing home or assisted living facility in Texas, you can report allegations to local law enforcement by calling 9-1-1 or to the Texas Department of State Health Services. If the abuse is occurring at a long-term care facility that receives Medicaid funding, you can report the incident to the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.
If you see signs of nursing home abuse or neglect in Houston or the surrounding area:
- Contact the appropriate agency to report the abuse.
- Remove your loved one from the harmful situation.
- Seek medical treatment for any injuries.
- Call our office to discuss your case with a Sugar Land nursing home abuse lawyer.
We can help you determine which agency you should report the abuse to if you are unsure whether the facility receives Medicaid funding. Make sure to document any conversations you have with nursing home staff. You should especially take note if you were not permitted to visit or speak with your loved one on any occasion.
Contact The Karam Law Office for a Free Consultation
If you suspect nursing home abuse or neglect, contact our office immediately for a free, confidential consultation. There is never any cost to discuss your case with an experienced Sugar Land nursing home abuse lawyer.
Attorney Jacob Karam has recovered millions on behalf of injury victims throughout Texas. His dedicated, passionate representation has earned him the reputation of being a fierce but compassionate advocate willing to go the extra mile for each of his clients. Help protect our seniors by reporting abuse and neglect today. Call (281) 302-5272 to get started.