Texas nursing homes have a responsibility to serve and protect one of the most vulnerable sections of our society – the elderly who are unable to care for themselves. Yet, not all nursing homes perform the necessary background checks before hiring employees to care of their elderly residents.
In 2001, Texas passed a law that protects the right of nursing home residents to request electronic monitoring devices. Many believe that video cameras protect nursing home residents from physical abuse, rape, theft and neglect.
It is often difficult to prove that nursing home abuse or neglect has occurred since many nursing home residents suffer from dementia, Alzheimer’s or short-term memory loss. Video surveillance could eliminate concerns regarding the quality of care that vulnerable patients are receiving. There have been many instances in Texas where families captured on video employees abusing elderly residents.
Anyone who suspects that abuse, theft or neglect has occurred at a Texas nursing home should immediately contact the authorities. If the facility has negligently hired an employee, the nursing home can be held liable for any injuries or damages.
Learning that a beloved family member has been abused or neglected can take a severe emotional toll on families. If you suspect that your loved one has suffered nursing home abuse or neglect, contact the nursing home abuse lawyers at the Law Office of W.T. Johnson. We will give you the support and guidance you need during this time. Contact us today to set-up your free consultation.