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 Alabama 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.