The actor Michael J. Fox once said that “family is not an important thing. It’s everything.” We believe that. It is our honor to care for those who once cared for us. If you discover that your loved ones are being neglected or abused in their nursing home or assisted living facilities, know that it’s normal to feel betrayed, angry, or even guilty for not suspecting it sooner. Also know that the Birmingham nursing home neglect lawyers of Mezrano Law Firm are here to help you fight for your loved one’s rights and future. Call us today to learn more about how we can help.
While you can use both phrases interchangeably, the general definitions are as follows:
No matter why your loved one was injured – whether it was thoughtless neglect or malicious abuse – is irrelevant to your claim, because neither is legal. Nursing homes owe a duty of care to their patients, and negligent AND abusive behaviors are not allowed.
Big. According to the National Council on Aging, about 1 in 10 seniors will be abused, but only 1 in 14 cases will ever be reported to law enforcement.
In Alabama, this is a real concern. The Alabama Department of Public Health reports that “Alabama’s elderly population is expected to grow by 82.4 percent between 2010 and 2040, adding 542,061 elderly to the population” – and that the rate of elder abuse in our state is about 12.4 out of every 10,000 people. Rural communities have a higher percentage of reported abuse of the elderly.
There are 227 nursing homes in Alabama, and 40 are in the greater Birmingham area. Every single nursing facility has been cited for at least 2 deficiencies by ProPublica’s Nursing Home Inspect database, but the following facilities have all been cited for “serious” deficiencies, the types of problems which put people in immediate danger:
How does your loved one’s Birmingham nursing home compare? [Compare Nursing Homes]
One of the problems with recognizing the signs of nursing home abuse and neglect is that many of them can simply be chalked up to the aging process. A fall might be an isolated incident, and changes in personality may be expected in a patient with dementia. There are some signs, however, that cannot be explained away; neither can patterns of events. Here are some of the most common signs:
If your loved one is being bullied or abused by another resident, you may still have a claim against the nursing home. Had the staff, doctors, or other personnel been doing their jobs properly, such behaviors should have been noticed and corrected. Failing to maintain a safe space for residents is a sign of neglect.
Financial abuse is a real problem in nursing homes. If you notice that your family member’s wallet is often empty, that his or her safe has been emptied, that jewelry is missing, or a number of strange debits on his or her accounts (checking, savings, and healthcare-associated), the nursing home may be committing fraud and financial abuse.
Understand that your loved one has rights and protections under the law. If you suspect those rights have been violated, you can contact the Alabama Long-Term Care Ombudsman at 800-AGE-LINE, or by contacting:
United Way Area Agency on Aging of Jefferson County
3600 8th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35232
Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham
2 20th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
Victims of nursing home abuse and neglect can file a personal injury lawsuit to recover damages. When you speak with us, bring as much information as you can: photos, eyewitness descriptions (written or on video), medical records, and so forth. If you cannot access that information, we can get it for you.
From there, Mezrano Law Firm will build a case to show that your loved one’s injuries were caused by negligence or abuse, and that he or she is entitled to damages for:
If your loved one died as a result of his or her injuries, or as a result of neglect, we can file a wrongful death lawsuit against the accountable parties.
Family is everything. When someone has hurt your loved one, Mezrano Law Firm fights back. Our experienced Birmingham nursing home abuse lawyers know what it takes to build a successful case. To learn more about our services, please call 205-206-6300 or fill out our contact form to set up a free initial consultation.
If you have a case, you have a lawyer. Call us today to learn more.
How does your loved one’s Birmingham nursing home compare?
|Name of Nursing Home||Area||Serious Deficiencies||Fines||Payment Suspensions||Total Deficiencies|
|Shelby Ridge Nursing Home||Alabaster||0||6|
|Oaks On Parkwood Skilled Nursing Facility||Bessemer||0||24|
|Oak Trace Care & Rehabilitation Center||Bessemer||0||5|
|Terrace Oaks Care & Rehabilitation Center||Bessemer||4||$130,864||12|
|Diversicare Of Bessemer||Bessemer||0||$1,300||17|
|Blue Ridge Healthcare Birmingham||Birmingham||0||18|
|North Hill Nursing And Rehabilitation Ctr, Llc||Birmingham||0||11|
|Diversicare Of Riverchase||Birmingham||0||9|
|Northway Health And Rehabilitation, Llc||Birmingham||0||23|
|Kirkwood By The River||Birmingham||0||12|
|Greenbriar At The Altamont Skilled Nursing Facility||Birmingham||0||9|
|Birmingham Nursing And Rehabilitation Center East||Birmingham||0||24|
|Aspire Physical Recovery Center At Cahaba River||Birmingham||0||12|
|Galleria Woods Skilled Nursing Facility||Birmingham||2||$90,230||9|
|Oak Knoll Health And Rehabilitation, Llc||Birmingham||0||7|
|St Martin's In The Pines||Birmingham||0||12|
|Mount Royal Towers||Birmingham||0||26|
|South Haven Health And Rehabilitation, Llc||Birmingham||0||11|
|Eastview Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center||Birmingham||0||18|
|Cherry Hill Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center||Birmingham||0||$2,926||9|
|Arlington Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center||Birmingham||0||$2,812||15|
|South Health And Rehabilitation, Llc||Birmingham||0||18|
|Civic Center Health And Rehabilitation, Llc||Birmingham||1||$18,291||31|
|Brookdale University Park Snf (Al)||Birmingham||0||19|
|Birmingham Nursing And Rehabilitation Ctr||Birmingham||0||$11,703||22|
|Hatley Health Care Inc||Clanton||0||22|
|Aspire Physical Recovery Center At Hoover, Llc||Hoover||0||21|
|Baron House Of Hueytown||Hueytown||0||$9,844||1||21|
|Self Health Care & Rehab Center Inc||Hueytown||0||9|
|Ridgeview Health Services, Inc||Jasper||0||7|
|Shadescrest Health Care Center||Jasper||0||4|
|Ridgewood Health Services, Inc.||Jasper||0||2|
|Diversicare Of Oneonta||Oneonta||0||5|
|Tlc Nursing Center||Oneonta||2||$9,563||16|
|Legacy Health And Rehabilitation Of Pleasant Grove||Pleasant Grove||0||14|
|Caregivers Of Pleasant Grove, Inc||Pleasant Grove||0||3|
|Trussville Health & Rehabilitation Center||Trussville||2||1||19|
Data Source: Propublica – Nursing Home Inspect, Alabama