Birmingham Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers

Serving Clients in Birmingham, Shelby County, and throughout Alabama

Nursing home abuse can occur at even widely respected, highly ranked assisted-living facilities, and it’s important for family members and friends to watch their loved ones for signs of neglect or abuse.

If you believe a family member is suffering from neglect, abuse or financial exploitation in an Alabama nursing home, you should first contact Alabama Department of Senior Services to ensure the immediate safety of your loved one and others. Then you should call the Birmingham nursing home abuse attorneys at Jonathan W. Gathings & Associates at 205-545-7475 to learn about your legal options.

Understanding Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse

The federal Nursing Home Reform Act established basic quality standards and resident rights for nursing homes nationwide. Yet reported instances of nursing home neglect and abuse continue to rise as understaffed institutions deal with an increasing number of residents.

Nursing home abuse and neglect come in many forms, including:

  • Inadequate or improper care for known medical conditions
  • Failure to assist in maintaining personal hygiene
  • Failure to prevent dehydration or malnutrition
  • Failure to provide safe living premises
  • Failure to provide sanitary living conditions
  • Unlawful restraint or imprisonment
  • Medication errors or the improper administration of medications
  • Verbal abuse
  • Physical abuse

Neglect is distinguished from abuse by a lack of intent to cause harm, but both nursing home neglect and nursing home abuse can result in physical injuries, health complications and emotional trauma to innocent residents. Nursing home residents are also vulnerable to instances of medical malpractice and financial exploitation. There is a handy consumer guide from the Alabama Nursing Home Association that offers helpful information for nursing home-related decisions and options for you and your loved ones.

Signs of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

Victims of nursing home abuse and neglect are often unwilling or unable to report the wrongdoing. If you have a family member in a nursing home or other assisted-living center, you should be alert for common signs of neglect and abuse including:

  • Bed sores
  • Changes in behavior
  • Unsanitary conditions
  • Sudden changes in appearance, such as noticeable weight loss
  • Lack of available food and drink
  • Unexplained bruises or other injuries
  • Unclean clothing or bedding

The damages caused by nursing home abuse are completely preventable, although there are factors that contribute to nursing home abuse and neglect, such as inadequately trained employees, insufficient staffing, negligently maintained facilities, and careless hiring practices.

If you suspect a family member is a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, please contact Jonathan W. Gathings & Associates today. Our Birmingham attorneys are proud to serve as advocates for nursing home abuse victims from across the state of Alabama.