The consequences of nursing home abuse and neglect in Alabama can be both tragic and troubling for victims and their families. As a result, it is useful for victims and their families to be familiar with what nursing home abuse and neglect is and the personal injury legal protections that may be able to help them when they have been harmed.
There are close to 2 million Americans, including elderly Americans, living in nursing homes across the United States. Research shows that approximately 90 percent of nursing homes are understaffed. Understaffing in nursing homes can result in serious consequences for residents, including dehydration, malnutrition, bedsores and medication administration. Rules and regulations that govern nursing homes make it clear that residents should never suffer from bedsores.
Other examples of harm victims of nursing home and abuse and neglect may suffer can include aspiration pneumonia; fraudulent charting; improper or excessive medication; malnutrition and dehydration; peritonitis or improper feeding tube placement; sepsis or infections; insect infestation of wounds; multiple falls; UTI or other infection; or sexual abuse. Any type of nursing home neglect or abuse is unacceptable and may warrant legal liability.
When a resident of a nursing home has been harmed by inattention, or otherwise, they may be able to pursue legal resources to help them. A personal injury claim for damages can help nursing home victims and their families recover compensation for their physical, financial and emotional damages that result. Nursing home residents can be particularly vulnerable, which is why the legal system provides protections they, and their families.