Birmingham Preventable Accidents in a Nursing Home Lawyers
Have you or someone you love been injured by a preventable accident in a nursing home in Birmingham? Did this accident cause severe injuries or result in hospitalization? If so, you may be able to obtain compensation through a personal injury claim or lawsuit.
The Birmingham nursing home abuse attorneys of Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP specialize in helping people just like you obtain compensation for nursing home abuse injuries. Call us at (205) 324-1212 for a free consultation, and let us help you get the fair and just compensation you deserve.
Preventable Accidents in Nursing Homes
Accidents in nursing homes are commonplace, and they have a variety of risk factors and causes. The aging population is more frail and prone to injury, making even small accidents like short falls far more dangerous than they are to younger people. According to studies, one-third of people over the age of 65 suffer a fall once a year, and half of people over the age of 85 suffer a fall once a year.
Nursing homes and care facilities, despite their increased level of supervision and attention to their residents, can make things even more dangerous. Data shows that nursing home residents are three times more likely to suffer a fall than people the same age that don’t live in a care facility and ten times more likely to suffer severe injury as a result.
As we age, we begin to lose proprioception, or knowledge of our body’s position and movement, making once-simple activities much more difficult. Walking, staying upright, or moving around a room becomes a challenge, making accidents like falls and broken bones more likely to occur. There are many other risk factors, such as:
- Side effects of medication
- Inattentive staff
- Cognitive impairments
- Poorly placed obstacles throughout a living area
- Poorly trained staff
- General weakness
- Irregular blood pressure
- Acute illness
- Trip hazards/slippery floors
Falls and other preventable accidents can cause severe changes to a senior’s life. They can decrease their mobility and independence, require long recuperation or therapy, may require surgery to correct, or leave them in chronic pain.
It’s the duty of nursing home staff and administrators to do everything they can to prevent accidents and falls. If they are negligent in this duty, that’s a form of nursing home abuse since serious injury and reduction in quality of life can result.
Do I Need an Attorney for My Preventable Accident Case?
If you or a family member has been injured in a nursing home due to the negligence of the staff or administrators and you wish to seek restitution, it’s important that you retain legal counsel as soon as possible before any insurance claim is filed. The nursing home’s insurance company will work quickly to protect their customer from liability. You should do the same to hold the responsible party accountable for their actions.
There are many reasons why having a lawyer assist with your claim is vital to obtaining compensation. For example:
- We understand what you’re going through. We’ve helped thousands of clients get compensation for their injuries, and we can use that experience to help you. We will bring the full strength of our knowledge and skills to bear on your case and help you get the settlement or award you deserve.
- We know how to handle insurance companies. Insurance adjusters work hard to protect their customers from liability, and it’s important that you hire a lawyer that will work just as hard for you. Insurance companies are well-supplied with tactics and methods to convince you to drop your claim, and they have enormous resources and plentiful legal help at their disposal. They may try to take advantage of you at this difficult time by offering you a quick cash settlement that is far less than what you deserve, hoping you might accept it out of dire financial need. They may tell you that they have your best interests in mind and just want to help when the reality is that they are simply trying to protect their bottom line. A good attorney can help you counter these tactics.
- You have enough to do. When you hire an attorney to assist with your claim, we become the point person for any and all business having to do with building your claim or pursuing compensation. We can take all the calls from insurance adjusters, we can interview staff and witnesses that support your claim, and we can gather all of the evidence and documents needed to prove your claim’s validity. We will also take the lead on negotiating a fair and just settlement for your losses, allowing you to spend your time and energy helping your family through this painful experience.
- We can help you understand losses and damages. Compensation for damages can be a complex subject that requires the skills of a good attorney to understand and decipher. It’s not just about getting money to pay for medical bills or a transfer to another care facility. It’s about making you and your family whole after a preventable accident. Certain non-economic damages, like pain and suffering or mental anguish, can be hard to assess but are just as important as paying for hospital stays or surgery after a fall. Compensation for these types of losses is designed to restore your well-being and peace of mind. A qualified attorney can make sure you’re not leaving money on the table when you request compensation.
- We are objective. Suffering injuries due to a preventable accident in a nursing home can be traumatic. You may feel angry, stressed, depressed, or frustrated that something like this could happen to you or someone you love. A good attorney will be able to look at the facts of your case objectively and take on the work of building your claim, leaving you time to emotionally recover from the experience.
- Filing suit. We can do more than provide information and support. We can take your case to court if need be. The majority of claims are settled before they ever make it to a courtroom, but in the rare case where an insurance company does not want to negotiate a fair settlement or drags their feet on your claim, we give you the option of filing a lawsuit against the party responsible for your preventable accident. This can give you an advantage, as the insurance company now needs to calculate whether the costs of litigation and court fees will be more or less expensive than the cost of a fair settlement for your injuries.
Why Hire Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP for My Nursing Home Preventable Accident?
Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP has over 20 years of experience helping residents of North Central Alabama get restitution for their accidents and injuries. We know injury law in Alabama, and we’ve helped thousands of clients get the compensation they need to move on with their lives.
The founders of our firm, Ken Riley and Kirby Farris, both Alabama natives, believe in providing personalized, compassionate legal counsel to every client we take on. We will take the time to listen to your story, thoroughly investigate your accident, and build a comprehensive claim for damages that is based on facts and supported by evidence. We prepare every case as if we were taking it to trial and will keep an open line of communication with you through every step of the claims process.
The best reason to hire Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP for your preventable accident claim is that we get results. We’ve obtained hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for our clients, and though we can’t guarantee a positive outcome for your case, we can guarantee that we will aggressively and vigorously fight to get you the restitution you need.
There’s no need to take our word for it. Have a look at our Testimonials page to hear from some of our past clients and judge for yourself.
What Kind of Compensation Can I Get?
It’s impossible to accurately estimate the amount of compensation you may be able to obtain without reviewing your situation. Every case is unique, with its own set of circumstances and conditions. The general rule is the more severe your accident or injury, the more compensation you should seek.
You can request compensation for economic damages, like medical bills, lost wages, increased living expenses, or any other material loss, as well as non-economic damages, like pain and suffering, loss of consortium, or wrongful death. Your attorney can help you determine which losses apply to your case and how much you should request in compensation.
Contact Us Today
If you or someone you love was injured in a preventable accident due to the negligence of nursing home staff or administrators, don’t wait any longer. Call Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP at (205) 324-1212 today for a risk-free, no-obligation consultation. Let us help you and your family get your life back. Don’t let a preventable nursing home accident determine your future. Call today.