It’s a heart-breaking scenario. A loved one has reached a point where 24-hour care is needed. Finding an adequate housing situation is a painstaking process. After making that move, you expect the best possible care. You’re finally sleeping easier knowing your loved one is in good hands, only to find out later about abuse from the staff.

You should be able to trust nursing home workers and expect them to give the same care and respect you and your family would provide, but that’s not always the case.


There are signs to look for, both physical and emotional, that could indicate your family member is suffering from abuse.

  • Passive or Active Neglect
    The victim could suffer from malnourishment, chronic physical and/or psychological health problems, dehydration, bed sores, or simply a lack of personal care.
  • Physical Abuse
    The victim may show signs of physical trauma, restraint trauma, or repeated injuries (mostly unexplained or inconsistently explained).
  • Psychological Abuse
    The victim may show signs of uncertainty, depression, and anxiety and may exhibit behavioral signs such as trembling, cowering, evasiveness, and agitation.
  • Sexual Abuse
    The victim may have trauma to the genital area, may contract venereal disease, or exhibit many of the indicators common to sexual abuse.


You hope that your loved one would tell you if something horrible happened, but often that isn’t the case. Sometimes a person is too sick to communicate effectively. At other times, they may be scared or ashamed to talk about it. They may have even been threatened with more harm if they speak about what has happened in the nursing home.

If possible, ask specific questions and look for physical signs of abuse if you are concerned. Keep records of possible abuse by taking photographs of injuries or unsuitable living conditions and by writing detailed notes about your loved one’s healthcare routine, medications, and anything you see that is out of the ordinary.


At Daniel Stark, we have the latest technology and an experienced staff who take what we do very seriously. We’ll put our considerable resources to work to fully investigate your family member’s situation and do everything in our power to protect them and prevent something like this from happening again.

Call or text us at (800) 474-1233 or fill out our free initial consultation form and talk with a lawyer today.

We are committed to improving nursing home conditions, and we want to help you make this right. With six offices to serve you, we are your Texas nursing home abuse lawyers. We have offices in Bryan/College Station, Waco, Austin, Tyler, and Killeen, so we can help you wherever you’re located, including outlying areas such as Austin, Bastrop, Bellmead, Belton, Brenham, Bryan, Caldwell, College Station, Georgetown, Harker Heights, Hearne, Madisonville, McGregor, Navasota, Pflugerville, Rockdale, Round Rock, Temple, and Waco. If you can’t come to us, we will come to you!