Tuscaloosa Nursing Home Injury Attorneys
Fighting to protect Alabama senior citizens from harm
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.
Tuscaloosa nursing home residents’ rights
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:
- “The right to be treated with dignity and respect.
- The right to be informed in writing about services and fees before you enter the nursing home.
- The right to manage your own money or to choose someone else you trust to do this for you.
- The right to privacy, and to keep and use your personal belongings and property as long as it doesn’t interfere with the rights, health, or safety of others.
- The right to be informed about your medical condition, medications, and to see your own doctor. You also have the right to refuse medications and treatments.
- The right to have a choice over your schedule (for example, when you get up and go to sleep), your activities and other preferences that are important to you.
- The right to an environment more like a home that maximizes your comfort and provides you with assistance to be as independent as possible.”
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.
Types of nursing home neglect and abuse
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.
- Physical abuse. Physical abuses can encompass things like slapping, hitting, choking, kicking and more. It also includes the inappropriate use of drugs to chemically restrain a patient or resident.
- Emotional abuse. Threatening, harassing or intimidating a vulnerable person and causing them fear, humiliation or other emotional distress also counts as abuse.
- Sexual abuse. Sexual abuse in a nursing home is especially disturbing in cases where a resident is incapacitated, and the staff member is in a position of authority. Note that sexual abuse may not involve touching but can involve any non-consensual act.
- Financial abuse. Senior citizens can be easy targets for theft and exploitation, and may be easily scammed or convinced to give away money and savings. They may also fall victim to identity theft or false facility medical charges.
- Neglect. Neglect can include anything from not providing adequate nutrition to leaving a resident unattended for long periods. One of the most common signs of neglect is bedsores, which occur when someone is left lying or sitting in the same position too long. Without attention, bedsores can become deep and infected.
As attorneys, our job is to ensure the negligent parties are held accountable, and that your loved one is protected.
Common Tuscaloosa nursing home injuries
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:
- Abdominal infections
- Bed sores
- Bone fractures and breaks
- Chronic respiratory infections
- Dehydration and malnutrition
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Unexplained bruises or bleeding
- Urinary tract infections
- Weight loss
- Wrongful death
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.
Compensation for Tuscaloosa nursing home injuries
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:
- Medical expenses, current and future
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
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.
Experienced Tuscaloosa nursing home injury attorneys
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.