Nursing Home Abuse

Alabama Nursing Home Injury Attorneys

If you are visiting this page, your loved one has likely been caused harm in a nursing home or extended care facility. Generally speaking, injuries that arise from poor nursing home care include things such as pressure ulcers and bedsores, falls which cause broken hips and head trauma, as well as other types of injuries or even death resulting from malnutrition or choking on food.

There are remedies against nursing homes when they provide substandard care. Generally speaking, these types of claims are settled without the need for litigation. However, if the matter cannot be resolved through settlement negotiation to the satisfaction of the family, the claim is filed in a process called arbitration.

Arbitration is different from court because a jury does not hear the facts of the case, but rather a lawyer who serves as a type of judge enters findings after the litigation process has concluded. Many families are turned off or discouraged by the arbitration process because it can be expensive and many times result in unfavorable outcomes for the injured party.

We have been successful in navigating the arbitration process on behalf of victims of nursing home neglect. If you have a case with merit, arbitration does not deter our firm from pursuing justice. If we can help you or your family, please give us a call.

Nursing Home Abuse in Alabama Includes

  • Insufficient medical care
  • Malnutrition
  • Dehydration
  • Preventable accidents
  • Poor sanitation
  • Bedsores
  • Falls

Background: Nationwide Nursing Home Crisis

  • Across the United States, millions of people wake up every day in nursing homes everyday. In Alabama, many of these individuals are helpless, vulnerable and completely dependent upon the Alabama nursing home staff to meet most or all of their needs. Nursing homes in Alabama and around Birmingham are responsible for providing care to elderly and disabled residents. Unfortunately, the quality of care in the nursing home industry has increasingly declined over the past decade. A number of recent studies indicate that residents in nursing homes suffer abuse and neglect more and more frequently at the hands of nursing home corporations. In many cases residents have died or have been severely abused from neglect in a nursing home.

Abuse and Neglect in Nursing Homes from Staff and Residents

According to the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), elder abuse is a growing problem. Concerned people can spot the warning signs of a possible abuse problem and make a call for help. Following are the main kinds of elder abuse to watch for. Not all elder abuse is physical abuse, some is psychological or financial/fraud.

Physical abuse in a nursing home is someone uses excessive force that results in

  • Physical pain
  • Bodily injury
  • Impairment

Signs and symptoms of physical abuse

  • Force-feeding
  • Physical punishment
  • Bruises lacerations, and rope marks
  • Broken bones fractures
  • Cuts, punctures, open wounds
  • Bleeding/internal injuries
  • Physical signs of being restraint
  • Over medicating
  • Under medicating

Sexual abuse in a nursing home is considered to be any sexual activity with any non-consensual elderly person or with any person incapable of giving consent. Emotional or psychological abuse in a nursing home is pain, distress, or anguish through verbal or nonverbal acts such as insults, harassment, intimidation, threats, and humiliation. Other types of emotional abuse are the “silent treatment,” social isolation, and treating an older person like an infant.

Signs and symptoms of sexual abuse

  • Bruises around the breasts or genital area
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Unexplained vaginal or anal bleeding
  • Torn, stained, or bloody underclothing
  • Reports of sexual assault or rape

Signs and symptoms of Emotional or Psychological abuse

  • Emotionally agitated or upset
  • Withdrawn and non communicative behavior
  • Unusual behavior (i.e. sucking, biting, rocking)
  • Reports of verbal or emotional mistreatment

Nursing Home Neglect – Failing to Care for Residents

Neglect in an Alabama Nursing Home is the refusal to care for or failure to fulfill any obligations or duties to an elder. Neglect does not have to necessarily be physical, but may be financial in terms of paying for essential home care services or the failure on the part of an in-home service provider to provide necessary care.

Neglect in Alabama normally means the refusal to provide an elderly person with basic life necessities as food, water, shelter, clothing, basic hygiene, medicine, and safety.

Signs and symptoms of Nursing Home Neglect in Alabama include:

  • Dehydration,
  • Malnutrition,
  • Bed sores,
  • Personal hygiene,
  • Untreated health problem,
  • Unsafe living condition/arrangements (e.g., improper wiring, no heat, or no running water), and
  • Unsanitary living conditions.

Financial Abuse and Property Theft in Nursing Homes

Financial/Material Abuse in a nursing home in Birmingham is the improper or illegal use of an elder’s assets including funds and property.

Signs and symptoms of Financial Abuse include:

  • Drastic changes in bank accounts;
  • Additional names included on an elder’s bank card;
  • Unauthorized use of an elder’s ATM card;
  • Hasty changes in a will or other financial documents;
  • Disappearance of money or valuable possessions;
  • Poor care or unpaid bills despite adequate financial resources available;
  • Forged signatures;
  • Uninvolved relatives claiming their rights to an money and possessions;
  • Sudden transfer of assets;

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