Florence Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Lawyers
Protecting the rights of our most vulnerable Alabama citizens
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.
Rights of nursing home residents in Florence
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:
- Dignity, privacy and respect
- Participate in the planning of their own care and treatment
- Be free from physical restraints
- Be free of verbal, mental, sexual, or physical abuse
- Exercise their rights as citizens of the United States
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.
What is nursing home neglect?
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.
Different kinds of nursing home neglect and abuse
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:
- Physical abuse. This encompasses any type of hitting, shoving, harming or unlawfully restraining a nursing home resident. Physical abuse can result in injuries like bruises, broken bones, lacerations and more.
- Emotional abuse. Negative or aggressive verbal and nonverbal behavior can cause your loved one emotional distress. And, long-term emotional abuse can have a large impact on someone who has few options to escape or fight back, resulting in personality changes, withdrawal, anxiety or depression.
- Financial abuse. Financial abuse often occurs when a staff member exerts undue influence over a resident’s financial decisions. This could include forcing them into signing over accounts, investments, personal property or real estate.
Our attorneys fight tenaciously to protect your loved ones against the people and entities responsible, and work to ensure they’re brought to justice.
Common types of nursing home injuries
Senior citizen neglect or abuse can result in a wide range of injuries, including:
- Bed sores
- Broken and fractured bones
- Brain injuries
- Cognitive impairment
- Depression and anxiety
Pursuing compensation for Florence nursing home injuries
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:
- Medical expenses, current and future
- Physical pain and mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Scarring or disfigurement
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.
Florence nursing home injury attorneys on your side
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.