Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Lawyers in Birmingham
Personal Injury Attorneys Representing Elder Victims of Neglect and Abuse Throughout Jefferson County and Beyond
We expect that the nursing homes where our elderly loved ones live will be safe. After all, nursing homes in Alabama must be licensed by the state. Unfortunately, licensing does not guarantee safety. The result is injury and death to seniors living in nursing homes. Falls, bedsores, assault and malnutrition are just a few of the consequences of neglect and abuse in nursing homes.
Families whose loved ones were injured or died in nursing homes because of abuse or neglect may be able to file claims against the owners or operators of the homes. At the Birmingham law office of Allwin E. Horn, IV, P.C., our lawyer sympathizes with your concerns and knows that you want a good place for your family member to live. He works hard to obtain compensation for the injuries and damages suffered by your family member. For a free consultation to learn about your legal options, call the firm or contact us by email.
Examples of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
Common injuries to seniors in care institutions such as nursing homes or assisted living facilities include:
Bedsores, also known as pressure sores or decubitous ulcers, from failure to follow established preventive protocols
- Infections, often resistant to antibiotics, caused by poor hygiene and cleaning
- Broken limbs and concussions from falls due to lack of supervision
- Malnutrition and dehydration from failing to develop feeding protocols when the patient cannot self-feed
- Wandering away from the facility without protection such as proper clothing
- Over medication
Although these are the most common types of nursing home injuries, patients are also subject to sexual and physical abuse, financial fraud, and failure to diagnose or treat. Almost all of these injuries are preventable. Do not accept them as normal in a nursing home setting.
Causes of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
Many types of abuse or neglect are the result of a very high patient to staff ratio. There are just not enough staff to do the job required. A related factor is a poorly trained staff or staff not trained at the level needed to perform their jobs. Another issue related to staff is the failure of the institution to perform adequate background checks when hiring, resulting in the placement of unsuitable persons in a highly vulnerable population. These situations occur when nursing home operators cut corners to maximize profit. It does not need to happen.
Contact an Attorney in Birmingham, Alabama For Help
If your loved one is being abused or neglected in a nursing home, get help quickly. Call the law office of Allwin E. Horn, IV, P.C, to learn about your legal options. Call us or contact us by email. Remember, the consultation is free and you owe us nothing unless and until we win your case.