People entrusted their most precious loved ones to nursing homes when families are unable to provide the care themselves. When staff doesn't take proper care of their residents, they can be held liable for resulting damages.


Our team of nursing home abuse lawyers can help prove that the health care facility failed in upholding its duty of care.

We fight for compensation on behalf of nursing home abuse victims

Any form of nursing home abuse, whether through a violation of a person’s dignity, finances, or bodily autonomy, is also a violation of justice. Helping right that wrong involves monetary compensation for:

  • Past and future medical bills
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Lost income or assets

Hilliard Law listens to what you or your loved one suffered and calculates damages proportionate to that suffering. We then fight for that compensation from the liable parties.

Compensation can vary depending on the type of abuse

Nursing home abuse is a blanket term for several negligent and exploitative actions by caregivers. The abuse can be:

  • Physical
  • Verbal
  • Sexual
  • Emotional
  • Financial

By contrast, verbal or emotional abuse compensation may focus on:

  • Counseling and therapy
  • Medications for mental health
  • Non-economic damages

When neglect and abuse turns fatal

If you lost your loved one due to lack of care at a nursing home, you can file a wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent party to mitigate the financial burden of:

  • Remaining debts
  • End-of-life care
  • Funeral expenses
  • Burial costs

Wrongful death also offers compensation for pain and suffering, both that experienced by the deceased prior to their passing and by surviving family members. Our nursing home abuse lawyers can handle the logistics while you grieve.

Recognition by our peers

Our team has been honored by awards throughout our years serving Texans like you. We have earned an AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, due to other lawyers recognizing our professionalism and ethical standards. You can learn more about our other honors on our awards page.

Additionally, for multiple years, our attorneys have been listed as:

  • Elite Trial Lawyer of the Year
  • Texas Super Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers

These honors communicate the attention we pay our clients and our willingness to take cases to trial to fight for results.


Our nursing home abuse lawyers are advocates for the rights of victims of neglect and exploitation across the US—victims like your loved ones.

Call us at 1-800-334-3298 or fill out our contact form for a free consultation. We can bring your story out of the shadows and help expose negligent and abusive nursing homes.



What are grounds for a claim?

Texas Health and Human Services outlines the grounds for a claim as:

  • Abuse
  • Neglect or abandonment
  • Exploitation

Abuse is when someone willfully causes harm—confining, punishing, or inflicting physical injury or mental anguish on a resident. Exploitation includes theft of property or fraud.

While they are obviously wrong acts, neglect can be harder to spot, especially when it is prompted, not by malice, but by issues like understaffing or lack of training. Nonetheless, it is still negligence and when it causes injury, residents may have grounds for a case.

Bedsores, infections, or unsanitary conditions are not excused by good intentions. Nursing homes have a duty to provide humane, safe, reasonable care to their residents, respecting their dignity and privacy. Failure to uphold that duty violates the law.

How do you define a civil vs. criminal case?

Texas allows victims to seek compensation through a civil lawsuit. However, taking legal action can be confusing when criminal charges are also levied against a nursing home or caregiver, such as for assault.

Civil suits are separate from criminal ones—you can pursue a nursing home abuse lawsuit regardless of how other cases progress. In fact, civil court allows you to recoup damages even if someone is not convicted of criminal charges.

Most importantly, don’t wait to seek legal help in a civil case. The statute of limitations for nursing home abuse in Texas is generally two years. Within two years of the incident or discovery of abuse, you must file (Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 74.251).

Who can be held liable for nursing home abuse?

Anyone who abuses, neglects, or exploits a nursing home resident can be held responsible for the injury they cause. That can include the mechanisms that allowed that abuse, neglect, or exploitation to happen. Liable parties could include:

  • Administrators who knew about lack of training but did nothing to fix the issue
  • Staff who directly neglected residents

We can help if you suspect negligence or abuse by:

  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Caregivers
  • Other staff
  • Pharmacists
  • Administrators
  • Managers

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It’s our mission to hold the powerful accountable for their wrongdoing. Reach out to our team immediately regarding your case to schedule a free attorney consultation today.