Families trust nursing homes to care for loved ones in their golden years. Unfortunately, nursing homes do not always honor this trust, placing residents at risk of abuse or neglect by nursing home staff and management. If you believe your loved one has suffered harm from nursing home abuse, you can seek financial recovery and justice from those to blame.
Turn to the Florence nursing home abuse attorneys of McCutcheon & Hamner for help holding nursing home managers and staff accountable. Contact our firm today for a free initial case evaluation to discuss your family’s legal options.
Why Choose the Florence Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys of McCutcheon & Hamner?
Compensation for Nursing Home AbuseThe facility that caused or tolerated the abuse your loved one suffered could owe your family compensation for:
- Costs of medical care or rehabilitation for injuries or illnesses
- Costs of additional long-term care or support for your loved one’s abuse-related disabilities or complications
- Physical pain and emotional distress your loved one has suffered
- Your loved one’s reduced quality of life or life expectancy
Nursing Home Abuse in FlorenceAccording to the U.S. Department of Justice, about one in 10 adults aged 65 and older will experience some form of abuse in a given year, with many victims suffering multiple forms of abuse. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention further reports that, from 2002 to 2016, non-fatal elder abuse hospitalized over 643,000 older adults. Elder abuse also led to over 19,000 deaths. The Alabama Department of Public Health has opened nearly 8,800 investigations into elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation. Rural communities in Alabama had a higher rate of elder abuse – 19.2 cases per 10,000 people – than urban communities, which had 17.3 cases per 10,000 people.
About Nursing Home AbuseNursing home residents are at risk of various forms of abuse from staff, contractors who work in the nursing home, and fellow residents. Some of the most common types of elder abuse that occur in nursing homes include:
- Physical abuse: Physical abuse involves inflicting trauma or injury upon a nursing home resident by punching, slapping, pushing, or kicking. Physical abuse might also involve restraining or overmedicating a resident to restrict their movements.
- Emotional abuse: Emotional abuse can involve yelling at, belittling, or threatening a nursing home resident. Abuse might also involve withholding food or activities or isolating a person from other nursing home residents or family.
- Sexual abuse: Sexual abuse of a nursing home resident may involve sexual assault/rape, unwanted sexual contact, exposing of a resident’s body, or an abuser exposing themselves to a resident without their consent.
- Financial abuse: Financial abuse involves any form of exploitation by which the abuser financially profits, including stealing money or valuables from a resident, making unauthorized withdrawals from a victim’s account, or using coercion or undue influence to effect changes to the victim’s financial or estate planning that benefit the abuser.
- Neglect: Neglect occurs when nursing home staff fail to provide for a resident’s necessities or prevent them from exposing themselves to a risk of harm, such as through wandering or self-neglect.
- Severe lacerations and scarring
- Broken bones
- Ligament, tendon, and muscle injuries
- Internal organ injuries and bleeding
- Pressure ulcers/bedsores
- Spinal injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Sexually transmitted infections
Taking on Nursing Home Operators and Their InsurersUnfortunately, some nursing homes will vigorously deny responsibility for abuse suffered by their residents in an effort to save themselves money. They might try to deflect blame or claim that the abuse occurred because of a rogue employee. Their deep pockets and aggressive attorneys could make it hard for you to secure the justice your family deserves. But you don’t have to fight corporations and insurers alone. The Florence nursing home abuse attorneys at McCutcheon & Hamner are ready to stand up for your family’s and loved one’s interests. Our team will thoroughly investigate the facts and circumstances of your case to obtain evidence proving the nursing home’s liability for your loved one’s harm and loss. We will document your loved one’s injuries and your family’s expenses, including future anticipated costs, to pursue the total compensation your loved one or family needs. Our firm will handle communications and negotiations with the nursing home and insurance companies, pursuing a fair and full settlement of your family’s claim. And we will not hesitate to take your case to court and trial to demand justice.
What Should You Do After a Loved One Suffers Nursing Home Abuse?There are certain steps you can take if you know or suspect that a loved one has suffered nursing home abuse or neglect. Prompt action can help your family pursue a legal claim against those responsible, and your first step should be to contact a lawyer. They can protect your loved one’s rights, notify relevant authorities as necessary, and begin pursuing your case without tipping off the nursing home to your intent. This can prevent them from attempting to cover up the abuse.
Get Experienced Legal Help from the Florence Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys of McCutcheon & HamnerGet the legal help you need to stand up for your loved one’s rights and demand accountability and justice. Call McCutcheon & Hamner today at (256) 333-5000 for your free, no-obligation consultation to learn how our Florence nursing home abuse attorneys will fight to recover the compensation your loved one and family deserve.
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