The nursing home abuse trial for former Corpus Christi nursing home owner began last week. According to NBC News, this 69 year old woman, Najmeh Griffin, has been charged with abusing the elderly patients at her assisted living facility. She has been accused of putting urine and feces-filled bags around the necks of two of her patients. The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports that Griffin put these bags on her patients to punish them for soiling themselves, and left these individuals in a restroom where they were eventually found by an employee.
Further investigations into Najmeh Griffin and her husband’s facility revealed that the assisted living home violated many state standards. Investigators reported that patients were regularly subjected to abuse: physical, verbal, and neglect. The Griffins had two elderly facilities; one was an assisted living home and the other an adult day care. Both facilities are the subject of a criminal investigation citing their noncompliance with state safety standards. Both of the Griffin’s facilities have been shut down.
While this case represents and extreme example of nursing home abuse, where actual physical violence threatened the health and safety of nearly 55 patients, sometimes negligence on the part of a nursing home can be just as harmful. LawyersandSettlements.com states that nursing home neglect can often go unreported, because it isn’t as obvious as physical abuse. However, emotional, psychological, and financial abuse and exploitation are extremely frequent occurrences.
It is crucial to learn to recognize signs of nursing home abuse and to learn one’s rights under elder care laws. If a loved one of yours is in an assisted living situation, be sure to keep an eye out for certain warning signs such as: behavior or personality change, depression, anxiety, unexplained accidents or injuries, bed sores resulting from infrequent movement on a nursing home bed, muscle atrophy, burns, fearfulness, rapid weight loss, unwarranted use of physical restraints, unexplained venereal disease or bruising in areas surrounding genitalia. You can also visit Texas’ Office of the Attorney General’s website at https://www.oag.state.tx.us/elder/select.shtml for more information on your rights when looking for a satisfactory nursing home.
Nursing home abuse and neglect cases can be complicated, so it is best to use a lawyer who is familiar with nursing home laws and regulations. Borchardt Law Firm has over 20 years of experience representing victims of nursing home abuse. Don’t wait until it’s too late to contact a lawyer and learn about your rights.