Nursing home abuse is a troubling epidemic today. With the population aging rapidly and caregivers in such great demand, it is an unfortunate reality that many of our elderly citizens are receiving substandard, negligent, and even abusive treatment in elder care facilities.
Because the victims of nursing home abuse are frequently incapacitated, physically and mentally, malpractice cases can be difficult to prove and to litigate. A malpractice case against a nursing facility is usually based on claims of physical abuse, neglect, or both.
Physical Abuse & Neglect
Physical abuse may consist of violent treatment such as pinching and hitting, as well as unnecessary restraint and overmedication. Neglect consists of a failure to sufficiently care for the patient, through inadequate hygiene, inadequate nutrition, improper or inadequate medical care, or other neglect of duties.
If you suspect that a loved one is a victim of nursing home neglect or abuse, it is essential that you seek help for them as soon as possible. Do not, however, confront the abusive caregivers while the person is still in their care, as it may put your loved one in further danger.
The first step is to contact your local social services agency dealing with adult care issues. The website Eldercare.gov provides a comprehensive listing of these agencies, which you can use to get your loved one out of immediate danger.
The next step is to call Long & Long to schedule a free, personal consultation: (251) 432-2277. One of our experienced nursing home abuse attorneys will be able to help you recover damages to ensure your loved one's well being in the future. Our firm maintains offices in Mobile and Orange Beach, and we serve clients throughout Alabama.