Here in Florence and throughout Alabama, there are dozens and dozens of nursing homes, assisted living and rehabilitation facilities for seniors and the elderly. We expect them to provide compassionate, professional and therapeutic care to our loved ones, ensuring that they’re treated well and their needs are met. This is usually the case, but unfortunately there are always exceptions.
When nursing homes don’t provide an acceptable standard of care to their residents, or hire improperly vetted or trained staffed, our elderly population can suffer serious harm. If your loved one suffered injury or trauma due to substandard facilities or staff, you have legal options. The personal injury attorneys at Mezrano Law Firm can work with you to find out what happened and who is responsible. We’re here to help you and your family.
Nobody deserves to lose their rights because they’re aging. Becoming a senior citizen doesn’t necessarily make someone incapable or incompetent, nor does it make it right for any staff to treat them as such. The elderly retain the right to make their own decisions and be safe from harm.
Nursing home residents have a right to:
If a senior citizen’s rights are violated while living in a nursing home or assisted living residence, they have the right to fight back. You and your loved one can go to the facility’s administration, document everything and, if nothing changes, talk to experienced nursing home abuse and injury attorneys to find out about your legal options.
Elderly nursing home residents commonly suffer injuries due to neglect. Abuse and neglect occurs when staff, nursing assistants, doctors or nurses are negligent or sloppy in their care, creating an unsafe environment. In an unsafe living and care environment without adequate living necessities like proper medical care or nutrition, vulnerable residents are far more likely to experience harm.
For example, if staff repeatedly ignores a resident’s request for assistance to get out of bed, that resident may be more likely to suffer broken bones in a fall trying to get out on their own. Or, if a resident isn’t provided proper hydration or nutrition, they may suffer dehydration or unhealthy weight loss.
Nursing home and elder neglect is typically based on negligent care. However, sometimes nursing home abuse is also involved. Nursing home abuse is even more traumatic as it occurs through intentional misconduct. Sadly, some seniors may suffer from both neglect and abuse, including:
Our attorneys fight tenaciously to protect your loved ones against the people and entities responsible, and work to ensure they’re brought to justice.
Senior citizen neglect or abuse can result in a wide range of injuries, including:
If your loved one suffered from neglect, abuse, or even medical malpractice in a nursing home or assisted living facility, they may have the right to seek compensation for their injuries – physical, financial and emotional. This can include compensation for:
In the case that negligence caused the death of your loved one, you may also have the right to pursue a wrongful death claim. Our attorneys are well versed in these types of cases, and would be pleased to speak to you when the time is right. Do keep in mind that legal matters like these are time-sensitive, however.
You expect your loved one’s nursing home or assisted living to provide great care and provide a safe and healthy place to live. If the facility fails in their job and causes your loved one harm, they must be held responsible for their actions. The nursing home lawyers at Mezrano Law Firm can help. Call us today at 205-206-6300 or fill out our contact form to set up a consultation at our Florence office.