Nursing homes are often places where special attention and care can be provided to elderly people who may need some assistance on a day-to-day basis. Unfortunately, however, these facilities can also be places where elderly people are hurt or victimized by neglect or abuse – possibly at the hands of other residents or even the staff responsible for caring for residents.
In this three-part blog, we will discuss some important facts to know about nursing home abuse and neglect. While people who are victimized by such abuse can report this abuse to law enforcement authorities, they can also seek justice in civil court, obtaining compensation for their injuries and losses by working with the Birmingham and Montgomery nursing home abuse lawyers at Joe Reed & Associates, LLC. Contact us for more info about your rights and superior legal representation moving forward with these cases.
Nursing Home Abuse: Here’s What You Should Know…
Is your loved one moving to or living in a nursing home? If so, here are some important facts you should know about nursing home abuse and neglect.
Fact 1 – Nursing home abuse happens far more often than you may realize.
In fact, according to the authorities at the National Center on Elder Abuse (a division of the Department of Health & Human Services), approximately 1 in every 10 nursing home residents will be the victims of some type of abuse and/or neglect at some point while staying in these homes.
Such instances of nursing home abuse can come in many forms, including (but not limited to):
- Physical abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Verbal and emotional abuse
- Financial abuse (such as when money or personal items are stolen from residents).
Fact 2 – Understaffing and poor training for nursing home staff can contribute to nursing home neglect and abuse.
In some cases, nursing home abuse and neglect may occur because there are simply not enough staff members – or enough properly trained staff members – to adequately monitor residents and/or to notice possible signs of abuse (such as when this abuse occurs at the hands of another resident).
In these cases, the nursing home facility that has failed to keep enough staff on hand and/or that has failed to properly train its staff can:
- Be held liable in a lawsuit
- Be ordered to compensate victims (or their families if the facility’s negligence has led to a wrongful death in a nursing home).
We will continue this discussion regarding some important facts to know about nursing home abuse and neglect in the U.S. in a few upcoming parts of this blog series – be sure to check them out!
Montgomery and Birmingham Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys at Joe Reed & Associates, LLC
Do you think your loved one has been victimized by nursing home abuse or neglect? If so, you can count on the Montgomery and Birmingham nursing home abuse lawyers at Joe Reed & Associates, LLC to be aggressive advocates for your loved one’s rights.
By trusting us to represent you, you can rest assured that our skilled and dependable Montgomery and Birmingham nursing home abuse attorneys will build you a strong case, will stand up for your rights at every step of the legal process and will work relentlessly to resolve your case as favorably as possible.
You are invited to attend an initial consultation to discuss your case and learn more about your rights. To set up this meeting today, call us at 334-834-2000, or email us using the contact form at the top of this page. Initial consultations are free in most cases, and evening and weekend appointments are available for your convenience.