Dallas Nursing Home Negligence Lawyer

Fighting Against Nursing Home Negligence Nationwide for 20+ Years

When we make the difficult decision to place a loved one in the care of a nursing home or long-term care facility, we expect that facility to provide our loved ones with the level of care and respect they deserve. Sadly, this does not always happen. For a variety of reasons—from lack of enough staff to poorly trained staff—nursing home neglect can and does occur in facilities throughout the United States.

There is never an excuse for gross nursing home negligence; these facilities have a responsibility to care for their residents and provide for their basic needs. Failing to do so is not only morally wrong, but it is also unlawful. Victims and their loved ones can seek legal recourse, justice, and financial recovery by filing nursing home neglect claims.

If you believe you or your loved one was the victim of nursing home negligence in Dallas, Los Angeles, Chicago, or anywhere in the United States, contact the Smith Clinesmith LLP. Our dedicated nursing home neglect attorneys serve clients nationwide and fight for the justice they are owed.

We work with a team of nurses, medical experts, and other professionals in order to build strong cases for our clients, and we have a history of success in this area. Nursing home abuse and neglect cases are all we handle; you can trust us to pour all of our time, efforts, and resources into seeking a favorable outcome for your case.

Contact us online or call our office at (877) 976-8411 today to request a free consultation, either over the phone or in person.

What Constitutes Neglect in A Nursing Home?

Neglect in a nursing home refers to a failure on the part of the staff or caregivers to provide adequate care and attention to residents, resulting in harm, injury, or a decline in their physical, emotional, or mental well-being. It can manifest in various forms and may include:

  • Basic Needs Neglect: Failing to provide residents with proper nutrition, hydration, hygiene, and assistance with activities of daily living (such as bathing, dressing, and toileting).
  • Medical Neglect: Not administering medication as prescribed, delaying medical treatment, or ignoring residents' medical needs.
  • Emotional Neglect: Ignoring residents' emotional needs, social isolation, or neglecting their emotional well-being.
  • Personal Safety Neglect: Not ensuring a safe environment, which may lead to slip and falls, improper use of restraints, or other accidents.
  • Hygiene Neglect: Failing to maintain a clean and sanitary living environment, leading to unsanitary conditions and increased risk of infections.
  • Social Neglect: Ignoring residents' social needs and not providing opportunities for engagement and social activities.
  • Financial Neglect: Exploiting or mismanaging residents' finances or property for personal gain.

It is essential for family members and loved ones to be vigilant about signs of neglect, such as unexplained injuries, weight loss, emotional withdrawal, and changes in behavior. If neglect is suspected, it should be reported to the appropriate authorities and investigated thoroughly.

Residents who have suffered neglect may be entitled to legal recourse, and consulting with an experienced attorney can help protect their rights and seek compensation for the harm caused. If you or your family member has suffered, our firm is ready to help you today.

What Is Gross Negligence?

Gross negligence is a serious form of negligence; it shows a complete lack of care that implies recklessness or willful disregard for safety and human life. Gross negligence in nursing homes should never be ignored as it can lead to very serious consequences that result in death.

Duty of Care Gross Negligence

At Smith Clinesmith LLP, we fight for justice against nursing home abuse and neglect across the country. We work to prove negligence by establishing the party had a duty of care and that a breach in this care was made by the negligent party. We believe it is the nursing home’s obligation to keep all of their patients safe and reasonably healthy.

In order to bring a nursing home negligence case, we work to prove the following elements:

  • The person/party owed a duty of care
  • That duty of care was breached
  • As a result, an individual was injured, harmed, or died

By proving each of these elements, we have been able to successfully recover compensation on behalf of neglected seniors and their families across the U.S. in complex nursing home negligence cases.

Have more questions? Check out our FAQ page or contact us today to learn more!

Signs of Nursing Home Negligence

Nursing home negligence can and does take many forms. As a result, it can have many signs. It’s important that you are aware of these signs, as an elderly individual may be unable to recognize when neglect is happening, or they may be unable to speak up themselves.

Signs of nursing home negligence include:

  • Malnutrition
  • Dehydration
  • Bedsores
  • Unexplained cuts, bruises, and other injuries
  • Falls
  • Unexplained changes in mood or behavior
  • Agitation
  • Signs of physical/chemical restraint
  • Under- and over-medication (including overdose)
  • Poor staff-to-resident ratio
  • Unclean premises
  • Soiled clothing or bedsheets
  • Delayed medical treatment
  • Medication errors
  • Seeming unwillingness to speak in front of nursing home staff

This is not an exhaustive list; if you notice any of these or any other signs that something is not right, do not wait to contact authorities. If you believe someone is in immediate danger, call 9-1-1 right away and move your loved one from the facility. Next, contact an experienced Dallas nursing home neglect lawyer who can help you understand your legal rights and the next steps to take.

Contact Us Today

If you suspect gross negligence or any other form of abuse is occurring in a nursing home, please contact the Smith Clinesmith LLP. We have 20+ years of experience working solely on seeking justice for the elderly and their families.

Smith Clinesmith LLP is dedicated to protecting the rights and well-being of the elderly. That is why we only focus our firm’s practice on nursing home abuse cases. We have a team of experts that evaluate your case and work together to build the strongest case possible for litigation if needed. We provide all clients a free case consultation over the phone or in person.

Call today at (877) 976-8411 or submit an online contact form to get started.

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