Nursing Home Abuses

Nursing Home Injury Lawyers

photo of an older person's handsAs people age, they become more vulnerable to abuse, neglect, and exploitation. Some elderly citizens move into nursing homes, assisted living facilities, or other long-term care settings to ensure that they that are well cared for. We trust nursing homes to provide for the safety and security of our loved ones. In fact, long-term care professionals have a duty to provide a standard of care and quality of life to each patient under their care. When these duties are not fulfilled and a patient suffers an injury, the negligent nursing professional or facility can be held liable for resulting damages.

The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) in the United States regularly collects data and information about nursing home residents and any instances of nursing home abuse. They scrutinize such data and then publish nursing home abuse statistics regarding abuse of the elderly in nursing homes and other care giving facilities in America. According to these statistics, more than 30% of all nursing homes in America indulge in some form of resident abuse, with the numbers on an ever increasing trend. Those statistics also reveal that more than 50% of all nursing homes are short staffed and do not have enough competent staff to help care for the residents.

According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, nursing home abuse and neglect can take many forms, including:

  • Physical neglect: disregard for the necessities of daily living
  • Medical neglect: lack of care for existing medical problems
  • Failure to prevent dehydration, malnutrition, and bed sores
  • Failure to assist in personal hygiene, or in the provision of food, clothing, or shelter
  • Unsanitary and unclean conditions
  • Failure to protect from health and safety hazards
  • Poor access to medical services
  • Improper monitoring
  • Assault
  • Battery
  • Sexual Assault
  • Unreasonable physical restraint
  • Giving too much or not enough medication
  • Unexplained injuries
  • Elder reports of being slapped or mistreated

Federal and state laws require nursing homes receiving federal funds to develop a plan of care and employ a sufficient staff to provide all of the care within the plan. Due to understaffing, many nursing homes, however, cannot provide all of the care listed on the plan. As a result, resident may not be fed properly, they may not be given sufficient fluids, they may be over- or under-medicated, they may be permitted to develop pressure sores, they may not be taken to the toilet and therefore may be left in bed all day to lay in their own feces and urine, and they may not be cleaned or groomed.

Many nursing homes are run by large corporations that own multiple facilities across the United States. As a result, profits take a higher priority than patient care in many instances.

Nursing home abuse and neglect has injured and killed many elderly patients and has left several families in devastation and bereavement. If you believe your family member has been the victim of neglect or abuse in a nursing home, assisted living center, or other residential or long-term care setting, please contact an attorney at Hornsby, Watson & Hornsby in Huntsville today. We will investigate your case to see if the nursing home deviated from accepted standards of care. We will aggressively pursue financial compensation for the damages your loved one endured. We have a track record of success in winning substantial damage awards in cases involving nursing home abuse or neglect.

Your initial consultation is free of charge. Because we represent nursing home neglect patients on a contingency basis, you will pay no attorneys’ fees unless we win your case.

From offices in Huntsville, Alabama, the attorneys of Hornsby, Watson & Hornsby represent clients in the communities of Athens, Decatur, Guntersville, and throughout the state.