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Emotional Signs to Look for in Elder Abuse Cases

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on August 29, 2017

A beloved senior member of your family has started to behave differently. She is showing signs that seem out of character. How do you know when what you are seeing is a symptom of abusive or neglectful behavior? And if it is, what should you do about it?

Elder abuse is a problem in our country because there are so many seniors who are dependent on others for their care and safety. While most caregivers are kind and truly care about the welfare of their patients, this is not always the case. Read the rest »

How to Detect Nursing Home Financial Abuse in Dallas

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on February 20, 2017

Nursing home abuse is something that’s received more attention in the past few years than it ever has in the past. Nursing home abuse occurs when the nursing home staff abuses the residents, either physically or emotionally. But there’s another type of nursing home abuse that’s not given as much attention and so, many people aren’t even aware of it. That’s financial abuse, and it can be devastating to nursing home residents and their families.

Nursing home financial abuse can happen in a number of ways. Nursing home staff can simply steal money when the resident isn’t looking, or isn’t in their room, or residents can be tricked into signing financial documents. Checks can be stolen and cashed, or the staff could just charge money for unnecessary services, or services that were never even rendered.

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Dallas Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on October 6, 2016

nursing-homeAbuse and neglect at nursing home facilities is a serious problem that affects elderly residents throughout the country. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, in 2014 Texas alone had more than 90,000 senior citizens residing in nursing facilities (as of 2014). If your loved one or family member has been the victim of abuse at one of these facilities, it is of critical importance that you take action and fully understand your rights.

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Heat Exhaustion Suffered By Elderly in Dallas

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on September 30, 2016

elderly-heat-exhaustionIn the middle of another long Texas summer, the last thing we want to think about is the heat. Unfortunately, the ninety- and one-hundred-degree days pose a real threat to our health, especially the health of the elderly.

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Dallas Nursing Home Abuse

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on September 19, 2016

nursing-home-abuseA report last year from Fox7 and Adult Protective Services has called attention to a prevalent problem in the State of Texas: elder abuse. The investigation revealed examples of financial, physical, and emotional abuse of residents of area nursing homes, crimes that often go unreported and are difficult to prosecute. Statistics indicate more than 1,000 cases a month occur in the state.

The website for the state Attorney General states, “The Office of the Attorney General and the State of Texas are committed to protecting you from verbal, emotional and physical abuse, as well as financial exploitation, whether you are living in your own home, with family or in a long-term care facility.” There are strict state laws that protect senior citizens from such abuse, and it’s important for anyone who has elders in their care to know what their rights are. Read the rest »

Identifying and Stopping Identity Theft in Nursing Home Settings

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on December 2, 2015

Elder AbuseNursing home abuse and neglect doesn’t only include things like physical injuries, ignoring medical needs, insults, or sexual abuse. It also includes financial abuse or identity theft, which are growing problems for elderly Americans.

According to the Elder Financial Protection Network (EFPN), 19 percent of people who reported identity theft to the Federal Trade Commission in 2012 were over age 60.  Many lived in nursing homes or other skilled-care settings. Read the rest »

Elder Financial Abuse Nearly Cost Dallas Woman $15,000

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on November 25, 2015

Elderly Woman RobbedA Dallas woman nearly lost $15,000 of her hard-earned retirement money recently after being contacted by a California scam artist posing as a man named Keith Miller.

The scam artist called the Dallas woman and told her that her grandson had suffered a drunk driving accident in New Mexico. He claimed to be a lawyer, telling the woman that if she mailed $15,000 to a Northridge, California address, her grandson wouldn’t be charged with a crime. Read the rest »

New Federal Rule Could Make It Easier to Seek Compensation from Nursing Homes

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on November 17, 2015

texas nursing home abuse, nursing home abuse attorneyWhen a nursing home injures someone you love, you want justice.

You want to know what happened, and you want any negligent parties held accountable for what they did.  The last thing you want is to be surprised by the fine print in nursing home paperwork – a surprise that could cost you the case. Read the rest »

Dallas Nursing Home Patient Sues Over Poor Quality of Care

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on November 8, 2015

Elder AbuseAccording to a recent article in the Southeast Texas Record, a Dallas woman living at the Gulf Healthcare Center has sued the facility for nursing home abuse. Her family alleges that she was given inadequate medical care. Read the rest »

Does Your Loved One’s Texas Nursing Home Have an Evacuation Plan?

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on September 22, 2015

Dallas Nursing HomesTen years ago, Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita caused major trouble for nursing homes along the Gulf Coast. Many nursing homes were forced to move their elderly patients in a hurry and without adequate disaster plans in place – trips that often ended in neglect or tragedy. Read the rest »

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