An Austin man has been charged with injury to an elderly person after being caught causing physical injury to a resident of a Texas nursing home.
Twenty-six-year-old Cornelius Dwayne Neal, an employee at Summit at Lakeway, was caught on camera in the act of physically abusing a 94-year-old female resident. The woman is disabled and unable to communicate
The resident’s daughter noticed had noticed several unexplained injuries while her mother was staying at the facility. She suspected abuse and placed a hidden camera in her mother’s room. Neal was caught slapping, pinching, and poking the woman in the face as he changed her gown. The woman reacted in pain.
Neal was arrested on September 7, 2012, and held in Travis County Jail until released on $15,000 bail. He has been terminated from his position at Summit at Lakeway.
Nursing homes have a duty to protect their residents from physical, emotional, sexual, and financial abuse and ensure that every resident is treated with dignity. When an employee mistreats a resident, the nursing home can be held accountable through a Texas nursing home injury lawsuit.
Signs of physical abuse in nursing homes include:
- Unexplained injuries
- Frequent falls
- Pressure sores or bed sores
- Sudden change in personality or behavior
- Emotional upset or agitation
- Withdrawal and non-communicativeness
- Reluctance to speak in staff members’ presence
- Unsanitary and unclean conditions
If you suspect your loved one is a victim of abuse or neglect in a Texas nursing home, we urge you to contact a Dallas nursing home abuse lawyer.