Protecting Loved Ones in Nursing Homes
The aggressive, experienced and successful San Antonio and South Texas Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect law firm, the Law Offices of Glenn W. Cunningham, is here to help you in your time of need, with offices located in San Antonio, Texas for your convenience. Glenn W. Cunningham represents the victims of nursing home abuse and neglect and has recovered in excess of $24,000,000 on behalf of personal injury clients since 2001. Since 2001, Glenn W. Cunningham has successfully prosecuted well over 100 cases of nursing home abuse and neglect. Our San Antonio nursing home abuse attorney represents the families of injured or dead victims to pursue claims for matters relating to:
As the population of the United States ages, the demands placed on the medical system to care for the elderly are becoming overwhelming. There are approximately 34 million people over the age of 65. Nearly one in 20 will require some form of assisted living. Unfortunately, our senior citizens are becoming victims of abuse and neglect within nursing homes and assisted living facilities. While it is difficult enough to place a family member in a home, it is even more difficult to see that family member suffer under the care of an abusive, overburdened or under-trained nursing home staff.
The National Center for Elder Abuse and numerous nursing home abuse articles report that neglect of our senior citizens' basic needs is the number one type of elder abuse. Physical abuse by caregivers ranks as the second most common form of elder mistreatment. Almost 1 million senior citizens are victimized each year. When abuse or neglect occurs in nursing homes and other assisted living facilities, it is often referred to as "institutional abuse." Institutional abuse can come in many forms, including physical, sexual and emotional abuse. Physical abuse can be caused by hitting, unreasonably restraining, inappropriately drugging, refusing to transport, burning and almost any other type of abusive physical contact imaginable.
General neglect of seniors is the most prevalent type of abuse. Neglect is the result of a lack of interest in the well-being of the senior citizen. While physical, sexual, and mental abuse are the often result of intentional and purposeful acts of the staff, neglect may occur when a caregiver simply does not care or is too overworked to provide adequate care. Caregivers neglect their duty when they fail to provide some necessary element for the resident's survival. Such neglect can include anything from failing to provide food and water, to not paying the heating bill.
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Mental abuse of the elderly, while perhaps not as visible as physical abuse, can be just as debilitating. One must be vigilant to uncover mental abuse, as the consequences of such abuse may not be immediately apparent. Mental abuse includes, but is not limited to, verbally harassing or intimidating the resident, intentionally not speaking to the resident, and isolating the resident from friends and family.
If a family member has been neglected, abused, exploited or otherwise injured in a nursing home or assisted living facility, it is important to contact the firm online or call 210-787-3312 to schedule your free initial consultation with an experienced lawyer. We can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there are time limits within which you must commence suit. So, time is of the essence.