Nursing Home Abuse

Birmingham Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Attorney

When nursing homes place profits over people, the results can cause untold suffering on the part of those who are physically or mentally incapable of caring for themselves. Alabama has strict laws against the physical, emotional, or sexual abuse of residents in long-term care facilities.

The Birmingham nursing home abuse attorneys at Wininger Law Firm, LLC, do not tolerate substandard care or abuse of those in nursing homes or protective care facilities. If you see signs of abuse or negligence in a loved one who is being cared for in a nursing home, please call us today to speak to a trusted personal injury lawyer. Our telephone number is 888.808.INJURY.

Abuse by Staff Members or Administrators

Residents of nursing homes have the right to receive the highest standard of care in regards to their physical or mental health and wellbeing. The care facility is obligated to provide a safe environment, as free from accident hazards as possible, and must provide adequate supervision to prevent accidents from occurring.

The owners of the facility can be held liable for the negligent acts or conduct of its employees, including acts of:

  • Physical Abuse: Infliction of bodily injury, impairment or pain
  • Sexual Abuse or Harassment
  • Dehydration, Inadequate Nourishment or Starvation
  • Negligence by Physician, Nurse or Nurse’s Aide; Poor Access to Medical Service; Medication Errors
  • Verbal abuse, including verbal assaults, threats, intimidation or humiliation
  • Financial Exploitation: Personal Theft, Identity Theft, Fraud, or Forgery
  • The use of Physical or Chemical Restraints to Punish or Discipline
  • Willful Deprivation; Involuntary Seclusion
  • Negligent Supervision: Improper Security, Insufficient Staffing

Patient-to-Patient Abuse or Violence

Nursing homes provide care and medical assistance for people of all ages. Whether residents are older citizens or just out their teens, their individual healthcare needs and functional limitations may vary.

Tension or bickering among individuals can occur at any age. Due to frustration or agitation, nursing home patients may lash out at their roommates or others.

Those suffering from Alzheimer’s, dementia or other neurological brain diseases, often have frontal lobe disturbances; this may cause them to act impulsively or without inhibition. They may wander into other resident’s rooms, causing disruption or harm. They may bolt from the premises and onto the street, causing potential injury or death to themselves.

Sadly, residents of any age are vulnerable to sexual assault at the hands of other residents. Although adult care facilities are required by law to perform background checks on employees and volunteers, they are not required to perform criminal history checks on residents.

Call a Birmingham Nursing Home Abuse Attorney

The nursing home has the legal duty to prevent any circumstances that may threaten the quality of life or the safety of its residents. If they have insufficient staffing to safely accommodate the needs of those in their care, or fail to have adequate security systems in place to protect residents from assault or other forms of bodily harm, the facility can be held legally liable for their negligence.

Your first injury or accident consultation is free. Our Birmingham nursing home elder abuse lawyers are only paid only if we win a case for you. Call Wininger Law Firm today to obtain information about protecting your loved one from nursing home abuse or neglect. Our toll-free phone number is 888.808.INJURY.