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What do I do if I suspect someone is being abused in a nursing home?

What do I do if I suspect someone is being abused in a nursing home

Nursing home abuse can have devastating consequences on families and loved ones.  Let Stewart Guss help you right the wrongs of nursing home abuse.

Call the Police in an Emergency

First, and most importantly, if you suspect that someone is being abused in a nursing home, and it is an emergency, call 911.  If it is not a life-threatening emergency, contact the police and make a report.  During these beginning stages, it is critical that you work with an attorney experienced in nursing home abuse cases.

Additional resources to assist you in reporting nursing home abuse and neglect include Adult Protective Services (APS), which is usually the first agency to respond.  While the role of APS varies from state to state, APS does the following:

  • Investigate reports of abuse.
  • Offer responsive services.
  • Advises on other resources that may be available.

In Texas, the agency involved is the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services.

Contact an Attorney

Taking these initial steps are critical, and can help save the life of a loved one.  However, even if you report instances of abuse or neglect to the police or Adult Protective Services, it is important that you seek the advice of an experienced attorney who knows how to handle cases involving nursing home abuse.  Stewart Guss can assist you in properly reporting the abuse to the correct agency, making sure that the agency follows up and investigates the reported abuse, as well as explore other legal options available to you.

If you suspect nursing home abuse, you need a strong yet approachable advocate on your side.  Houston attorney Stewart Guss will do whatever it takes to get you full compensation and justice for your nursing home abuse or neglect claim.  He takes pride in treating his clients like family.  Pick up the phone and call 800-898-4877 to talk to us about your construction accident. Remember, your consultation is FREE, and you pay NOTHING until we win your case.

 

Sources

  1. http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/reporting-nursing-home-injuries-abuse.html
  2. http://injury.findlaw.com/torts-and-personal-injuries/nursing-home-abuse.html
  3. http://www.avvo.com/legal-guides/ugc/how-to-recognize-and-act-upon-nursing-home-neglect-or-abuse
  4. http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/common-kinds-nursing-home-abuse.html
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