3 Signs of Medical Malpractice and Abuse in a Nursing Home

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Steven R. Davis and John A. Davis, Jr.
November 15, 2023

When you entrust the care of your loved ones to nursing homes, you expect nothing but the utmost compassion, attention, and safety. Regrettably, many nursing homes fail to live up to this trust, resulting in the neglect and abuse of elderly family members. It can be difficult for many residents to convey this abuse to their family members, which is why Davis & Davis has put together a guide on potential signs to keep an eye out for next time you visit your family member’s nursing home. 

Nursing home abuse is considered medical malpractice and leaves the victims and their caretakers entitled to a claim for justice and financial compensation. The team of attorneys at Davis & Davis has many years of experience and documented successes when it comes to recovering damages for our medical malpractice clients. We would love to help you and your family’s unique case today. 

3 Signs That Medical Malpractice Is Occurring in a Nursing Home

When a family member is staying at a nursing home, there are many warning signs you can keep an eye out for that may point to medical malpractice. These include, but are not limited to, the following: 

Unexplained Injuries

People can easily bruise or scrape themselves, especially as they get older and the skin gets thinner. However, when your family member has a number of unexplained injuries, fractures, bed sores, or cuts, it is unfortunately most likely a sign of something bigger at play. If your family member is unable to verbalize or remember how the injuries occurred, you may want to speak with an attorney. 

Our team is ready to help investigate your case, which includes the gathering and assessing of any relevant evidence. We will look for signs of reckless or negligent behavior and help identify a liable party. 

Sudden Changes in Behavior

It’s not uncommon for people to respond in an emotional way to their new living situation in a nursing home. Getting used to your new surroundings can be confusing and overwhelming, so if your family member seems to be a little upset, this may be normal and go away as they adjust to their new environment. However, if you notice they have had a sudden or drastic change in behavior, this may be an early warning sign of abuse or neglect on behalf of the home or staff. 

Being noticeably upset or agitated, being withdrawn, and not wanting to leave their room or talk with anyone may warrant the advice of a knowledgeable and compassionate attorney. 


Rapid weight loss or even rapid weight gain can be signs of malnutrition. Failure to provide healthy, balanced meals and nutrients would be considered a direct breach of care on behalf of the nursing home and leaves them liable for your family member’s injuries. With the help of Davis & Davis, we can file your family member’s personal injury claim within the statute of limitations and negotiate a worthy settlement offer with the insurance company. 

Schedule a Free Consultation With a Compassionate Medical Malpractice Attorney Today

Don’t try to face your medical malpractice claim alone. Our compassionate team of nursing home abuse lawyers at Davis & Davis is dedicated to addressing every aspect of your claim, allowing you to focus on your family member’s well-being while we fight to protect their rights.

With decades of experience representing victims of nursing home abuse in Houston, we have successfully handled over 300 cases and have the expertise and knowledge needed to champion your cause, regardless of its complexity. We fearlessly take on nursing home abuse claims and leverage our unmatched legal services to secure the justice and compensation your loved ones deserve. To start the process today, schedule your free consultation by filling out our contact form or by calling (888) 522-9444 today.

John A. Davis, Jr.


John A. Davis, Jr. and Steven R. Davis

November 15 2023

Steven R. Davis and John A. Davis, Jr. are experienced attorneys at Davis & Davis, a law firm that specializes in medical malpractice cases in Texas. With a deep commitment to justice that guides their ethical approach, Davis and Davis have dedicated their careers to helping victims of medical negligence. They and their team continue to advocate for clients, despite the challenges posed by Texas's cap on recoverable damages in malpractice lawsuits. Davis & Davis pride themselves on their extensive experience in the field and their readiness to meet clients across the United States.

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