When making the difficult decision to move beloved older family members into a nursing home or assisted living facility, we expect our loved ones to be treated with care and dignity. Typically and happily this is the case, but unfortunately there are always exceptions. Many nursing homes here in Gadsden and throughout the country suffer from being understaffed and overworked.
These types of situations can lead to carelessness and negligence, and when a nursing home fails to provide a safe place for their residents and patients to live, our older population can suffer harm and injury. If your loved one was injured due to nursing home negligence, the attorneys at Mezrano Law Firm in Gadsden can work with you to find out exactly what happened and who should be held accountable. Our job is helping you and your family.
Entering a nursing home or other senior living facility doesn’t mean the elderly have to give up their rights. According to the Older Americans Act of 1965, nursing facility residents have a long list of rights, including the right to a dignified existence. They also have the right to:
If a nursing home resident’s rights are violated, they also have the right to fight back. Your attorney can provide more specific guidance, but it’s prudent to document every interaction you or your loved one have with the administration of the facility while you explore your legal options.
Nursing home negligence occurs when a professional or staff member fails their duty of care to a resident by providing low quality care – or no care at all – that results in injury to the resident. Following are some typical examples of nursing home negligence:
And, in an unsafe living environment where they may not receive necessities like adequate nutrition or medical care, residents are much more vulnerable to injury.
As we previously discussed, many nursing home and elder neglect cases are based on negligence. Unfortunately, other cases also involve issues of nursing home abuse. Some senior citizens suffer from both neglect and abuse, including:
Our legal team fights for the rights of the elderly and holds the guilty parties and entities responsible for their actions. We work to bring them to justice and compensate your loved one for their injuries.
Nursing home negligence and neglect can result in a wide range of injuries and damages to senior citizens, including:
Don’t wait for your loved one to tell you that they are being abused or neglected. Some residents are embarrassed, afraid or don’t realize what’s happening. Be an advocate for your family member and always be alert for changes in state of mind and physical appearance.
You are likely eligible to seek compensation on your loved one’s behalf if they were harmed from neglect, abuse or even medical malpractice in a nursing home or assisted living facility. This includes financial compensation for:
If nursing home negligence caused the death of your family member, you may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim. Our attorneys are compassionate and understanding in these tragic cases, and will work with you to ensure justice is served. These types of cases are time-sensitive, and we are here for you when the time is right for you to talk.
A nursing home or assisted living residence promises to take care of and protect your loved one. If they fail in that duty and injure or harm your family member, the nursing home negligence attorneys at Mezrano Law Firm help hold them responsible for their negligence. Our job is to protect our most vulnerable citizens. Call us today at 205-206-6300 or fill out our contact form to set up a consultation at our Gadsden office.