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Non-physical signs of neglect or abuse

Alabama residents expect their loved ones to be treated with kindness and respect when they leave them in the care of a facility. Unfortunately, abuse and neglect do happen at these institutions sometimes. What can a person do to look for some of the signs that might not be as obvious as a bruise?

Physical abuse is not the only type of harm that a resident may suffer from in a nursing home. FindLaw state that there is also mental, emotional, and even sexual abuse that may occur. Neglect can also be an issue, though this may possibly be unintentional due to a place taking on more residents than it should. Mental or emotional abuse can be difficult to pinpoint because it doesn't leave physical evidence in many cases. However, there are still telltale signs that can come from personality changes.

Recognize elder neglect

When you put a family member in an Alabama nursing home, you typically expect this person to receive the kind of care you cannot provide. In some situations, though, you may find that the nursing home staff is neglecting your loved one. At the Law Offices of Clark, James, Hanlin and Hunt, LLC., we understand that the neglect of a senior is a serious incident.

You may think that nursing home neglect is the kind of incident that never happens. Unfortunately, your elderly family member might not receive enough care if a nursing home is not well-run or does not have enough staff members. Sometimes your loved one might not be able to tell you if he or she is being neglected, or he or she may think the level of care is normal. In this situation, it is important for you to know what elder neglect looks like so you can keep your loved one safe.

How disability-friendly are Alabama’s major cities?

A recent report suggests that, compared to other large U.S. cities, Alabama’s major cities may be particularly challenging places to live for people with disabilities.

The WalletHub report ranked 182 large U.S. cities for how good of places they are for individuals with disabilities. Four Alabama cities, including Birmingham, were included in the rankings.

5 symptoms of hernia mesh failure

Hernias are a very common health condition with a host of different types and causes, and most doctors use a hernia mesh implant to treat them. The purpose is to cover an opening or support weak tissue causing the hernia.

Many times, the surgery to repair the hernia goes just as planned, but too often it does not. If you have a hernia mesh implant, you may be wondering what warning signs you should look for to know if your implant is causing you trouble. Here are five things to watch for:

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