Nursing Home Abuse & Negligence

Currently, there are approximately 25,000 persons that reside in one of 245 licensed nursing homes in the state of Alabama. Unfortunately, the quality of care provided at nursing homes in Alabama is very suspect. According to a 1999 report from the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco, Alabama nursing homes have some of the poorest scores in the Southeast on annual inspections. This study showed that Alabama nursing homes are third worst in the nation in staffing, second worst in the nation in providing sufficient assistance to residents, seventh worst at assessing residents, tenth worst for both accident prevention and providing activities.

In long term care settings there can be a variety of situations that result in injury to residents. Some of the most common situations concern:

  1. Pressure sores
  2. Malnutrition
  3. Dehydration
  4. Falls
  5. Medication or Reporting Errors
  6. General neglect or abuse

Nursing home residents too often are helpless victims of nursing facilities that place profits over people. Through litigation, these persons have a voice. Even individual claims have been successful in unveiling the sources of problems and are beneficial to an overall improvement of the quality of care.

More information about Nursing Homes in Alabama can be found on these sites:

Alabama Deficiency Statements

Alabama Nursing Home Association

Federal Nursing Home Regulations

Alabama Healthcare Facility Rules

National Senior Citizens Law Center

Medicare Nursing Home Compare

Untie the Elderly

American Association of Retired Persons

Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Information Center

If you are a concerned relative or friend of an elderly person that you believe is suffering from nursing home abuse or nursing home negligence in North Alabama, we may be able to help. Contact us online or call us at 256-536-0770 to set up a FREE consultation to discuss your legal options.

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