Nursing home abuse has become a serious problem in many long-term care facilities in the United States, including Texas. The National Center on Elder Abuse estimates that as many as one-third of the elderly will become victims of nursing home abuse in the next year.
These numbers have prompted state legislators in the Lone Star State to reassess punishments for negligent nursing homes. The new bill creates a “3 Strikes” policy for nursing home and long-term care abuse and neglect.
The bill would allow the state to revoke the license of any nursing home that receives three citations involving abuse or neglect within a two-year time period. It would also provide provisions for the state to hire a non-profit to hear disputes involving appeals to expedite the processing of the claim.
According to an article from KBT News, the bill passed through the state senate unanimously earlier this week and will now be considered by the house of representatives before moving forward.
At Daniel Stark Injury Lawyers, our staff is aware of the devastating results that abuse or neglect in a nursing home can have on families. That’s why our team of College Station personal injury lawyers applauds the state for taking steps toward tougher regulations.