High Numbers of Sexual Assault Cases in Texas Nursing Homes
According to the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS), 494 sexual assault claims were filed against Texas nursing homes between September 2009 and November 2014. And even when sexual assault allegations are brought up, few of them are actually prosecuted in Texas. So although the nursing home sector is one of the most heavily regulated industries in healthcare, harmful incidents like this still manage to occur. The legal team of Hotze Runkle understands how physically and emotionally scarring such heinous acts can be for any Texas nursing home resident.
Signs of Sexual Assault in a Nursing Home
When a sexual assault incident occurs in a nursing home or assisted living facility, many victims are afraid or altogether unable to express what has happened. However, if your loved one in a nursing home exhibits the following signs, there may be reason to suspect the occurrence of sexual assault:
- Dramatic decline in health
- Emotional instability
- Sudden agitation and hostility
- Unexplained bruises, cuts
Many innocent nursing home residents do not know where to turn for help, but an experienced attorney may help victims and their families achieve justice.
Contact a Nursing Home Abuse Attorney in Texas
It is imperative that our elderly community in Texas is protected against incidents of sexual assault. If you believe that your loved one may be suffering from any form of abuse in a nursing home, the attorneys of Hotze Runkle may be able to help you find justice. Contact our Austin office today by calling (877) 919-0830 and learn more about your legal options.