Practice Areas

Nursing Home Abuse

nursing home abuseAlabama nursing homes have some of the poorest annual inspection scores in the Southeast. Studies have shown that Alabama nursing homes are some of the worst in the nation when it comes to staffing; providing sufficient assistance to residents;  properly assessing residents; and for both accident prevention and availability of resident activities.

Because of the lack of attention in long-term care settings, residents may suffer a number of preventable injuries that include:

  • Pressure sores
  • Malnutrition
  • Dehydration
  • Falls
  • Medication errors or medication overuse
  • General neglect or abuse

Too often, nursing home residents are the helpless victims of nursing facilities that place profits over people. At Siniard, Timberlake & League, we believe the victims and their loved ones  should have a voice.

If you are a concerned relative or friend of an elderly person who has suffered from nursing home abuse or nursing home negligence, please contact the attorneys at Siniard, Timberlake & League to set up a FREE consultation and discuss your legal options.  You may contact us online or call us at 256-536-0770.

Who can bring a lawsuit against a nursing home if a patient passes away?

If someone passes away as a result of the negligence of a nursing home, then an estate must be opened on behalf of the deceased.  The personal representative of the estate has the sole right to file the lawsuit. 

I signed an arbitration agreement. Does that mean I can’t bring a claim against the nursing home?

Absolutely not. Signing an arbitration agreement doesn't mean you can't bring a claim against a nursing home. In many instances, we are able to prove that the arbitration agreement is unenforceable. Even if there is an enforceable arbitration agreement, it simply means you must have an arbitrator decide your case as opposed to a jury. 

Can nursing homes prevent “bedsores”?

Yes, nursing homes can prevent bedsores.  One of the most common types of injuries that occur at nursing homes is bedsores, which are more appropriately referred to as “pressure ulcers.”  Bedsores are usually the result of the nursing home failing to reposition the patient, which leads to deterioration of skin, muscle, and can even lead to death.