Moving into a nursing home or assisted living facility does not and should not mean giving up your basic human rights. When you make the difficult decision to place your loved one into a nursing home, or if your loved one makes that choice themself, you trust and expect staff will care for them and protect them from harm.
Unfortunately, sometimes there’s a gap between the standard of care the law requires and the standard of care actually provided. When nursing homes put profits over the health and well being of the people they care for, elderly residents can suffer serious injury – whether from neglect or actual acts of abuse. The most tragic aspect of nursing home negligence is that many residents and patients are unable or afraid to speak up.
If you suspect that a loved one is being neglected or harmed in their nursing homes, talk to the Tuscaloosa lawyers at Mezrano Law Firm. We can recognize the signs of abuse and negligence, and help protect the rights of your loved one. Talk to our legal team today.
Senior living facilities and nursing homes are required by law to provide their residents with an extensive list of rights. These rights are clearly outlined by Medicare.gov:
As compassionate and experienced attorneys, our goal is to both ensure your loved one is compensated for their injuries and losses, as well as deter other nursing homes from similar negligent behavior.
Many Tuscaloosa elder and long-term care facilities are finding themselves understaffed, and as a result some hire staff who are either improperly trained, improperly screened or both. This poses a risk to your loved one, opening up the possibility for them to become a victim of abuse or neglect.
The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that approximately one in six people aged 60 years and older experienced abuse in community settings in 2018. Further, the report states rates of elder abuse are high in institutions like nursing homes.
As attorneys, our job is to ensure the negligent parties are held accountable, and that your loved one is protected.
It’s true that our older population is more vulnerable to certain diseases and infections. However, there are certain common injuries seen in nursing home negligence cases that are typically preventable and may be a sign of a problem. These can include:
If you feel your loved one is experiencing nursing home neglect and harm, our lawyers can help you find out who’s responsible and hold them accountable for their actions.
If your loved one suffered injury or harm because of a failure of nursing home or facility staff, they may be eligible to seek compensation for their losses. Whether they experienced neglect, abuse or even medical malpractice, it’s likely someone failed in their duty of care and that person (or entity) must be held responsible.
This can include financial compensation for:
If negligence resulted in the death of your loved, you may be eligible to file a wrongful death claim. Our compassionate legal team can help you with every aspect of this process during this tragic time. We will work to our utmost to ensure justice is served and your family is compensated.
At Mezrano Law Firm, our lawyers help victims of nursing home negligence secure the compensation they need. If you or a loved one suffered injury due to the staff or management of a nursing home or living facility, we will fight for your rights and hold the right people responsible. Call us today at 205-206-6300 or fill out our contact form to set up a consultation at our Tuscaloosa office.