Unsafe Nursing Home Conditions
Living in a dangerous environment?
According to statistics from the National Center on Elder Abuse, more than
91% of nursing homes in the U.S. lack an adequate number of staff members
to properly care for their patients. When up against such devastating
odds, it is really not surprising that nearly 6 million cases of
nursing home abuse are reported annually. Apart from severe understaffing, a significant
number of facilities have also failed to provide their residents with
safe living conditions. Not only are many nursing home patients deprived
of the day-to-day care that they need and deserve, but countless others
are forced to navigate their way through cluttered, poorly constructed
and inadequately lit facilities—with no help from their caretakers.
This, in turn, causes more than 1,800 nursing home residents to sustain fatal
slip and fall injuries each year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC). Those who survive such falls are usually left with disabling injuries,
including spinal cord damage, traumatic brain injuries and broken bones,
as it is often more difficult for the elderly to recover from physical
trauma. That being said, it is all the more important for assisted living
facilities to maintain a hazard-free environment. If you or your loved
one has been deprived of reasonably safe living conditions, you should
not hesitate to find out how a Dothan personal injury attorney at our
firm can assist you in securing compensation.
Seeking Compensation for a Preventable Injury
Just like all other property owners in Alabama, nursing home administrators
are responsible for maintaining a reasonably safe environment. If they
fail to protect their residents and/or guests from inherently dangerous
conditions, they would be liable for providing compensation. For this
reason, we encourage you to
contact our firm if you or someone you love has been injured by any of the following nursing
- Insufficient number of caretakers to oversee patients
- Failure to address spills or tripping hazards in a timely manner
- Failure to install adequate lighting throughout the facility
- Negligent placement of handrails, bedrails, wheelchair ramps, etc.
- Failure to replace old or defective equipment (i.e. walking aids)
Failure to assist patients in maintaining personal hygiene
- Leading to bed sores, infection, illness, etc.
- Failure to provide patients with necessary medications
Reach Out to an Alabama Personal Injury Lawyer
If you or someone you love has been subjected to unsafe living conditions
in a nursing home, you may be entitled to compensation. For this reason,
you should not hesitate to find out how the Dothan personal injury lawyers
at MCATD can help. Our firm understands how devastating it can be to suffer
injury under the negligent care of an assisted living home, so we will
do whatever it takes to hold the responsible parties accountable. In addition
to securing the damages that you deserve, we will also make sure that
the facility is held to higher standards in the future—ensuring
that no one else is subjected to poor living conditions.
To find out how the legal team at our firm can help, simply give us a call
today at (888) 694-0174 for a free initial consultation. If you would
prefer to reach us online, you can also fill out the
free case evaluation form that is conveniently located on our website. Once you have submitted some
basic information about your case, you can expect a timely response from
a member of our dedicated legal team. That being said, there is no reason
why you should wait any longer to get started.