Nursing Home Neglect Attorney

Jan 20

Nursing Home Neglect Attorney

Although public scrutiny of conditions in nursing homes is on the rise, nursing home neglect is still frequently overlooked. Nursing home neglect, which can include abuse, often results in the decline in health of elderly residents who are often already frail and can potentially be fatal. Nursing home liability is different than premises liability because these homes were specifically designed to care for individuals who often require a great deal of attention. Nursing homes are also commonly contractually obligated to provide certain types of treatment and care for different residents, and are held to strictly enforced safety regulations.

Families or elderly individuals who make the decision to live in nursing home facilities place a great deal of trust on employees and administrators to ensure that they or their loved ones with be properly taken care of. Families often spend a great deal of money to provide the care, medical treatment and support their aging family members require. Elderly people who are no longer able to do simple tasks or adequately take care of themselves depend heavily on staff members for a number of situations at all hours of the days an night. Because the residents of nursing homes are highly vulnerable to sickness, illness and other ailments, neglect, even if unintentional, can have severe and possibly fatal results.

Common Signs of Neglect
Neglect in nursing homes can be habitual or isolated instances. In either case, when there is evidence that an elderly resident is being inexplicably injured or subjected to unhealthy conditions, it is important to speak up and determine if there is negligence involved. There are many forms of nursing home neglect, which can include some of the following:

  • Basic needs
  • Personal hygiene
  • Medical or psychiatric
  • Emotional
  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse

Although some of these forms of neglect can result from oversight or genuine mistakes, employees must still be held accountable for acting without reasonable care. They are entrusted by families and elderly residents to act with a great deal of responsibility and decency, and when they fail to do so, they must be held responsible.

Neglect in nursing homes can also be very difficult to detect. Even with regular visits from family members and loved ones, elderly victims may be unaware or unable to articulate the extent of staff neglect. If you believe a family member or loved one may be a victim of nursing home neglect or abuse, there are a few common signs that may be helpful in determining the extent or type of negligence:

  • Changes in personality or behavior
  • Unexplained injuries, bruises or welts
  • Arguments or tension between staff and residents
  • Unsanitary conditions

It is important to be aware of the physical and emotional condition of your loved ones and for the general conditions and conduct of the nursing home facility and staff members. If you suspect that caregivers are not providing residents with the proper care and support it is important to report reasonable suspicions to administrators or seek the assistance of qualified and experienced legal aid.

Neglecting Simple Needs

Neglect of personal hygiene and basic needs are some of the most common forms of nursing home neglect. Clean clothes, bed sheets, oral hygiene, bathing and general cleanliness are simple tasks many residents require help with. Failing to do even the simplest procedures can result in serious health consequences for victims whose health is already in decline. Bedsores, malnutrition and dehydration are common consequences of basic need neglect, but residents can also suffer extreme illnesses or diseases.

The medical needs of elderly residents are also an extremely important responsibility for nursing homes. Aside from providing the required medical care and administering the proper medications, staff members must treat even the smallest medical issues with the proper amount of concern. Allowing cuts, scrapes or burns to go untreated can result in serious infections for residents whose immune systems are increasingly weak. There have been many cases of fatalities and serious illnesses resulting from minor medical injuries that were left untreated

Emotional neglect or abuse is even more difficult to identify than physical neglect. Overworked employees may take their stress and anger out on elderly residents, or may not adequately care for individuals who display signs of mental and emotional instability. Emotional neglect can be extremely detrimental to residents’ well-being and many elderly victims frequently become isolated and depressed. As with other forms of non-physical damages, emotional neglect is difficult to describe, but can still take its toll on elderly victims who fail to receive the proper help or treatment.

All of these forms of neglect are extremely distasteful and unnecessary, and they are also unfortunately difficult to identify. Employees entrusted with the well-being of elderly residents have not only a legal obligation to provide care, but also face a social stigma of harming individuals who are commonly and increasingly defenseless. If you or a loved one have been a victim of nursing home neglect, it is important that you speak up to find justice for victims and hold those responsible for nursing home neglect liable for their carelessness. By having an attorney assist you in a personal injury claim for nursing home neglect, you can defend not only your rights, but also the right of other elderly residents who deserve to be treated properly and with compassion.

End Neglect with Our Help
The reluctance or inability of elderly victims to speak out about nursing home neglect makes it difficult to hold nursing homes accountable for their negligence. With the help of an attorney from our firm, you or your loved ones can be confident that we will take your case personally do what it takes to determine if the needs of elderly residents have been compromised or if there are any instances of abuse. The Ferguson Law Firm, P.C. strongly believes in defending the rights of helpless victims who are unable to stand up for themselves. If you would like to discuss your case, please fill out an online case evaluation or contact the firm as soon as possible to take the steps to make it heard that nursing home neglect will not be tolerated.

Jan 12

Offshore Injuries Attorney

Along with the rest of the Gulf Coast region, Texas is a hotspot for the offshore oil industry. Workers in this industry are often involved in construction, drilling, refining and other processes used in finding and producing crude oil or other natural resources. The petroleum industry is highly globalized, and as a result, market competition can force companies to increase production, speed and output of their goods and services at the risk of worker safety. Coupled with the fact that offshore workers deal with extremely dangerous conditions, equipment, machinery and potentially toxic chemicals, and the offshore oil industry’s potential for accidents and injuries can be as high as the construction industry and industrial sector.

Seamen, dockworkers and other employees in the petrochemical or natural gas industry frequently suffer injuries due to unsafe conditions on offshore platforms, spars, barges and other various vessels. In addition, the drilling, transportation and refining sectors of the oil and gas industry injure and kill countless offshore and deep-water workers each year. Our firm wants to help these injured victims and their families put their lives back together and make sure that these companies are held accountable for their negligence.

Offshore jobs are notorious for being one of the most dangerous occupations, and although many regulations have been constructed to protect workers, many are still routinely injured and they often receive inadequate compensation. In fact, the US Chemical Safety Board has recently announced a heightened investigation and analysis of the oil and gas industry’s offshore safety practices throughout the Gulf Coast. This is an excellent way to reduce offshore injuries, but when they do occur, offshore workers still need legal representation to fight for their right to be fairly compensated.

Offshore Workers: Protect Your Rights
The Ferguson Law Firm, P.C. wants to help the victims injured in offshore accidents take the steps to ensure that there are fairly compensated. By filing a personal injury claim with the help of an attorney from our firm, you may be able to receive compensation that will cover the medical care and treatment your injuries require, any lost wages or future earnings and the potential to be reimbursed for the pain, suffering and loss of enjoyment or quality of life you and your family may have experienced.

Our firm has a reputation of success and has recovered compensation for injured victims in the tens of millions. Our experience, work ethic and dedication to our clients has made our firm stand out from the rest. Time is an important factor in these personal injury cases and we urge you to fill out a free online case evaluation or contact the firm as soon as possible to discuss your case and how we can help.

Jan 7

Premises Liability Attorney

For the purpose of premises liability laws, any land, building or business open to the public is considered a property. As such, property owners, managers or operators are legally obligated to provide safe and healthy conditions for all visitors or guests. If a guest is injured while on the property of another, they may be eligible to receive compensation if there is reasonable proof of negligence or other form of a wrongful act on behalf of the property owner. Some common forms for injury-causing accidents and conditions for which property owners must be held liable include poorly maintained walkways, wet or slippery floors, stagnant water, falling objects, holes, defective products or equipment on premises, insufficient lighting, inadequate security and hazardous or toxic conditions, among others.

Property owners must also provide warnings, signs or other forms of public notifications if there are possible dangers located on their premises. Property owners are also responsible for the routine maintenance and inspection of their premises for unsafe conditions, and must also comply with numerous regulations and procedures and their documentation. Land owners are not usually responsible for trespassers or visitors who stray onto off-limits areas, but in the event that a child is involved or injured, property possessors may still be held liable for their failure to warn, repair or protect children from harm.

Third Party Premises Liability
Premises liability laws have become involved in situations and cases where a person is injured by the negligence of a third-party or individual while on another’s premises. Third party premises liability cases typically consist of assaults, battery and other wrongful acts. In some cases, inadequate security or dram shop liability laws will hold property owners equally responsible for the injuries of victims. These cases can be extremely difficult to handle because they regularly involve dense and complicated areas of liability laws and because such legal issues are highly debated. If your injury involves a third party while on the premises of another, legal aid is almost essential when dealing with highly intricate legal realms and determining the extent of negligence for the multiple parties involved.

Tough Litigators Will Fight for You
Liability cases vary according to the situation, property involved and the nature of the injury-causing accident. The Ferguson Law Firm, P.C. is well versed with the often complicated premises liability laws and the common tactics and strategies companies, corporations and property owners use to deflect liability allegations. Given the complexity of premises liability cases, having legal assistance when you file a personal injury claim can greatly reduce your risk of being unfairly compensated. By working closely with you, the firm can employ the successful elements a premises liability case by:

  • Collecting necessary facts and information
  • Conducting independent investigations
  • Determining the conditions and risk assessment of properties
  • Evaluating the nature of accident and injury involved
  • Determining the extent of premises owners’ negligence

You can be confident that our firm will go above and beyond other firms in our efforts to provide you with the best possible outcome and fair compensation. In the event that a large business entity is involved, we are prepared to handle the trial process as well as the large amount of resources and qualified legal teams companies commonly employ. With more than 40 years of combined experience and compensation in the tens of millions recovered for our clients, we are confident in our abilities and will take your case personally. If you wish to discuss the nature of an injury that you or your loved one suffered due to the negligence of a premises owner or unsafe conditions on another’s property, fill out a case evaluation form or contact the firm as soon as possible to begin defending your right to be fairly compensated.