In 2015, the Houston Chronicle reported that Texas’s nursing homes ranked last in patient care and satisfaction among all 50 states.

The state is home to nearly 2,000 nursing homes, and 51 percent of those facilities received only one or two stars in a five-star rating system.

At Daniel Stark Injury Lawyers, we know how important nursing homes are to Texas families, especially as the population continues to age. The fact that a majority of facilities in the state were rated poorly is disturbing and creates an even greater need for residents and their families to have access to qualified and experienced Texas nursing home abuse lawyers when the need arises.

Given the poor reputation of so many nursing homes in the state, it’s important to always be on the lookout for signs of abuse or neglect in your loved one when you visit. Two of the most common indicators that your loved one isn’t being looked after properly include:

  • Unexplained bruises or wounds—Physical abuse can take many forms in nursing homes. Residents are often extremely vulnerable to suffering serious injuries when staff members are abusive, and the consequences can be painful and disabling.
  • Unexplained worsening of health or physical condition—Nursing homes are responsible for both looking after residents’ day-to-day lives and managing their health conditions. When staff members are negligent, residents may not receive their medication or the attention from medical professionals that they need.

Help is just a phone call away if you suspect that your loved one is being mistreated, abused, or neglected at his or her nursing facility. An experienced Texas nursing home lawyer can help your family protect your loved one’s rights.