Alabama Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
Protecting Your Loved One in Dothan, AL
If you or someone you love has become the target of nursing home abuse or neglect, you should not hesitate to take action as soon as possible. Your personal injury case is subject to a statute of limitations—which, in Alabama, is two years from the date of injury—so it is important that you get the ball rolling before too much time has elapsed.
In doing so, you will have the opportunity to pursue a monetary award for the harm that you have suffered. This may include compensation for any financial losses that you have sustained, as well as damages for any non-economic hardships that you have been forced to endure. For this reason, the legal team at MCATD encourages you to give us a call today.
U.S. Nursing Home Abuse Statistics
Although nursing homes were developed so that the elderly could have access to around-the-clock care, it seems that a substantial number of these facilities in the U.S. have failed to provide their residents with the level of attention that they deserve. In fact, it has been reported that nearly 91% of all nursing homes in the country are insufficiently staffed.
This has, in turn, led to a severe increase in the number of elder abuse and nursing home negligence cases that are subsequently filed each year—which, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics and the National Center on Elder Abuse, is more than 5,961,500. Of these incidents, the most common forms of abuse are as follows:
- Sexual Abuse (0.04%)
- Emotional Abuse (7.3%)
- Financial Exploitation (12.3%)
- Physical Abuse (15.7%)
- Neglect (58.5%)
It has also been reported that approximately 1,800 nursing home residents die each year from injuries sustained in slip and fall accidents, and that about 240,900 others suffer from bedsores. This may have something to do with the fact that most facilities in this country do not have enough nurses and nursing assistants to care for the number of residents that they are responsible for overseeing.
In any case, however, the elderly should not be expected to endure the consequences. Instead, all victims of nursing home abuse and negligence should come forward about the harm that they have wrongfully suffered, and subsequently pursue the level of compensation that they deserve.
Recognizing the Warning Signs of Elder Abuse
As mentioned earlier, there are five main types of elder abuse: physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, financial exploitation and neglect. Unfortunately, nursing home residents are susceptible to any one of them. It is for this reason that it is so important for family members to be able to recognize the warning signs.
Some forms of abuse are harder to detect than others, so it may be necessary to keep an eye out for any subtle changes in behavior or physical appearance. This could include anything from bruising, sores or lacerations to abnormal changes in weight, hygiene or demeanor. Should you notice any of these red flags, it is important that you do not ignore them.
Contact a Dothan injury lawyer at MCATD!
Are you interested in filing a personal injury lawsuit against an abusive caregiver or a negligent nursing home facility? If so, we ask that you contact a Dothan injury attorney at Morris, Cary, Andrews, Talmadge & Driggers, LLC as soon as possible. Not only have we won the largest jury verdict in the state of Alabama, but we can offer the extensive legal experience that you will need. For this reason, you should not hesitate to call our office toll-free at (888) 694-0174.
Your initial consultation won't cost you a thing, so there is no reason to wait any longer.