Suspect Nursing Home Abuse Or Neglect?

With the need for elderly housing on the rise, many nursing homes have become poorly staffed, poorly operated warehouses of the elderly. They are environments where neglect and abuse is not only possible, but all too common. If you suspect that an elderly loved one is being mistreated in any way, you need to talk to an experienced attorney.

At the Law Offices of Clark, James, Hanlin & Hunt in Birmingham, we are proud to stand up for the rights of Alabama's elderly population. Since 1977, we have been holding nursing home owners and staff accountable for injuries suffered by residents. We are here to make certain that the facility is brought to justice and you and your loved one get fair compensation.

Elder Abuse And Neglect: Spotting The Signs

Many nursing home residents are not able to clearly communicate what has happened to them, so it falls on loved ones to spot the signs of abuse and neglect.

First of all, it is important to understand that abuse and neglect are not always physical. Verbal intimidation and forced isolation are all too common. If your loved one has suddenly become withdrawn, noncommunicative or depressed, it may be a sign of mistreatment.

When it comes to physical harm, look for any serious injuries that are not adequately explained by nursing home staff. If your loved one has suffered bruises or broken bones, the injury may have been the result of the staff's failure to follow proper protocols to prevent falls. If your loved one has developed bedsores, this medical condition may have been the result of the staff's failure to move your loved one from bed or from a wheelchair.

Watch for weakness or dizziness. This may be the result of malnutrition or dehydration due to the staff's failure to feed your loved one.

Be aware that medication errors are also a form of nursing home neglect and abuse. Facilities should be held accountable for any complications that arise due to failure to provide medication, or mixing up prescriptions or dosages.

Err on the side of safety. If you have any reason to suspect abuse or neglect, talk to our lawyers. The consultation is free.

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Call us today at 205-208-7980 or toll free at 866-596-1238, or send us an email. There is no fee unless we recover compensation for you in your nursing home accident claim.