Greg Thomas was the prosecutor of an elder abuse case in 1986 that helped change the Penal Code so that persons could be held accountable for the neglect of an elderly individual that they were charged to take care of. Thomas was the author and speak on “Crimes Against the Elderly,” given to members of the Department of Human Services and law enforcement in 1990 and 1991. Since that time, Thomas has represented family members against nursing homes for the unnecessary abuse, neglect and death of their loved ones.
Nursing homes have a duty to ensure that their residents are protected at all times and that they will not suffer any injuries as a result of neglect, accident or intentional abuse. The law office of Greg Thomas has won many nursing home abuse cases. He has extensive experience in investigation and prosecution of nursing facilities. Thomas is committed to protect those who are not able to protect themselves. Family and friends should always be aware of potential neglect.
To speak to an attorney, call 214-748-0226 or contact us. We offer home and hospital visits.
The following are possible warning signs of abuse in a facility:
Resident seems heavily medicated or sedated
Unexplained burns, cuts fractures, bruises or other ailments
Unexplained vaginal or anal bleeding
Torn, stained or bloody underclothing
Frequent genital infections
Sudden changes in behavior such as withdrawal, sucking, biting, rocking, agitation, depression, etc.
Delays or refusals in allowing visitors to see resident
Visitors not allowed alone with resident
Loss of resident possessions
Sudden large withdrawals from bank accounts
Unexpected change in will or other financial document
Resident has experienced sudden weight loss or weight gain
Resident died unexpectedly or without apparent cause
Resident is frequently ill, symptoms are not immediately reported to the doctor and family
How do I chose a nursing home?
The following are web site links to help you chose a nursing home.
Attorney General of Texas Greg Abbott
Nursing Home Compare
Nursing Home Abuse Resource Center
Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
Texas Department Of Aging and Disability Services
What are signs of nursing home abuse?
Injuries requiring emergency treatment or hospitalization
Any incident involving broken bones, especially a fractured hip
Any injury or death occurring during or shortly after an episode of wandering (including outside the facility) when the staff is not aware that the resident is missing for some period of time
Heavy medication or sedation
Rapid weight loss or weight gain without physician or family notification and a change in treatment being provided
Unexplained or unexpected death of the resident
One nursing home resident injures another resident
Resident is frequently ill, and the illnesses are not promptly reported to the physician and family
Nursing Home Alert
What are signs of financial abuse?
Financial Transaction Indicators:
Lost or stolen personal belongings of a person in a care facility.
Family or legal representative's failure to pay for services in home or in care facilities or for frequently being late in payments.
Failure of family or legal representative to provide for personal needs of elder in care home, e.g., no funds for clothes, hair care, personal hygiene items, etc.
Unusual activity in bank accounts, e.g., sudden withdrawals of large sums, withdrawals from automated banking machines when the elder is homebound.
Signature on checks that does not resemble the elder's signature.
Frequent checks written to cash, especially to the person who is caregiver.
Withdrawals from a checking or savings account that has not been used in years.
Reports of stolen or misplaced social security, pension or annuity checks.
Loans against equity in property or life insurance policies.
Frequent checks or credit card payments to telemarketing promotions.
Legal Document Indicators:
Missing important documents like a will or stocks, bonds, mutual funds or CDs.
Change of title on bank accounts, property or automobile or change of beneficiary status on bank or brokerage accounts or life insurance policies.
New will or change in will, creation of Power of Attorney for Finances or property transfers when person lacks capacity to make decisions.
Promises of life-long care in exchange for deeding property and liquid assets to caregiver.
Life-Style Change Indicators:
Personal property missing such as wedding or engagement rings, jewelry, silverware, art, antiques or family heirlooms.
Lack of basic amenities, e.g., personal grooming items, appropriate clothing, etc., when elder has adequate funds.
Utilities or telephone disconnected.
New acquaintances, particularly those who move in with the elder.
Caregiver preoccupation with the amount of money being expended for care.
Refusal or reluctance of family or legal representative to spend money on care.
Long lost relatives appearing to express concern about elder who has savings and a home.
Caregiver or provider tries to isolate elder from friends, family and neighbors.
What can I do if abuse has occurred?
Contact the Nursing Home Administrator and tell them your concerns.
Contact the department in your state that regulates nursing homes and file a complaint.
Contact the police department in the municipality where the abuse occurred.
Contact Greg Thomas at 214-748-0226.
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