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Nursing Home Neglect Attorneys

Protecting Elderly Victims of Abuse Throughout Alabama

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 your loved one is being abused in their nursing home, our Birmingham nursing home neglect attorneys will fight for your loved one’s rights and future. Call us today to learn more about how we can help.

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Call us at (205) 654-8146 24/7 to arrange to speak with a personal injury lawyer about your case, or contact us through the website today.

How Much Does a Nursing Home Neglect Attorney Cost?

Most law firms work on a contingency basis for personal injury claims like nursing home abuse. A contingency fee basis means we do not charge you anything unless we win a settlement in or out of court. This fee structure ensures we work hard for your case and that you don't have even more out-of-pocket expenses during a stressful time. Reach out today for a free consultation with our compassionate and experienced team. We also offer contingency fee schedules for other practice areas such as:

Filing a Lawsuit Against a Birmingham Nursing Home

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 possible: 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:

  • Medical expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Property damage
  • Property loss
  • Lost income social security checks
  • or lost savings

If your loved one died due to their injuries or neglect, we could file a wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible parties.

Compassionate Birmingham nursing home neglect attorneys

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.

What is the Difference Between “Neglect” and “Abuse” in a Nursing Home?

While you can use both phrases interchangeably, the general definitions are as follows:

Nursing Home Neglect

Nursing home neglect is the failure to fulfill the needs of an elderly person in one’s care. It can stem from ignorance about what that care is and can be unmotivated. An example of nursing home neglect is failing to turn an immobile patient over every few hours so that he or she does not develop bedsores.

Nursing Home Abuse

Nursing home abuse is a deliberate, sometimes malicious act. It can be motivated by the desire to gain power over a patient. Physically or sexually assaulting a resident is an example of nursing home abuse.  Nursing homes owe a duty of care to their patients, which is why negligent AND abusive behaviors are not allowed.

How Big of a Problem is Elder Abuse?

Elder abuse is a big problem in the US. 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. 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.

Signs of Abuse and Neglect In Nursing Homes

One of the problems with recognizing the signs of nursing home abuse and neglect is that many of them can simply be the aging process. Here are some of the most common signs:

  • Physical bruising
  • Lacerations
  • Poor hygiene
  • Sudden changes in personality
  • Skin that stays put when gently pinched (a sign of dehydration)
  • Rapid weight loss
  • Withdrawal from social activities
  • Physically shying away from touch or from specific residents or staff

Resident-on-Resident Abuse

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 Troubles

Financial abuse is a real problem in nursing homes. If you suddenly notice that your family member is struggling financially, it's time to ask why.

Getting Help for Elder 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
Suite 1200
Birmingham, AL 35203

Nursing Home Inspect // Alabama

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
East Glen Birmingham 0 9
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
Fair Haven Birmingham 0 26
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
Magnolia Ridge Gardendale 0 $9,168 23
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

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