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Nursing Home Neglect Archives

What are signs of nursing home neglect?

When residents of Alabama take a loved one to a nursing home, they trust the staff to look after and care for them. The last thing they expect to deal with is neglect or abuse from staff members. The Sapp Law Firm, L.L.C. provides you with the possible warning signs of neglect or abuse so that you can act quickly if you notice anything amiss.

Are nursing home residents at risk for Legionnaire’s disease?

If you have a loved one living in an Alabama nursing home or long-term care facility, you should know about a growing and potentially deadly problem affecting residents at many such facilities throughout the United States. Legionnaire’s disease can arise when people breathe in small droplets of water containing Legionella bacteria, which can cause serious lung infections that often result in pneumonia.

How prevalent is sexual abuse at nursing homes?

When you make the difficult decision to place your loved one in an Alabama nursing home or continuing care facility, you will probably choose a residence where you believe he or she will receive adequate care and remain free from any form of abuse or neglect. Regrettably, however, this is not always the case, with McClatchy DC noting that sexual abuse at American nursing homes is largely kept under wraps, making it hard to determine just how common it truly is.

Brain injury sufferers in nursing homes require special care

When you place a loved one in an Alabama nursing home, you want to believe that the staff there are promptly addressing and meeting his or her needs. That is not always the case, however, and this may prove particularly true if your loved one suffers from a brain injury and requires additional, specialized care as a result. At The Sapp Law Firm, we have a firm understanding of how American’s nursing homes sometimes drop the ball when it comes to patient care, and we have assisted many clients who were either subject to abuse or neglect, or had a loved one who was.

What risks do under-staffed nursing homes pose to residents?

If you have a loved one in an Alabama nursing home, you probably want to believe that he or she is getting the best level of care possible, and that his or her needs are addressed promptly and appropriately. Regrettably, however, nursing home understaffing is a serious problem at facilities across the state and nation, with NursingHomeAbuseGuide.com reporting that there is a serious lack of staff at as many as 95 percent of American nursing homes.

How slip-and-fall accidents endanger the elderly

Alabama already has a considerable elderly population, andthat population is expected to continue to expand in the coming years. If you are part of the state’s aging population, know that AgingCare.com considers slips and falls to be the single-largest cause of injuries, hospital visits and deaths within your age group. At The Sapp Law Firm, we believe that recognizing risk factors for slip-and-fall accidents may help you avoid them and therefore reduce your own chance of suffering injury.

What federal protections do nursing home residents have?

If you helped place a loved one in an Alabama nursing home, you may have done your due diligence as far as researching the facility and making sure it makes the grade in terms of safety and security. Regrettably, even the most thorough research cannot prevent every instance of elder abuse or neglect, but Medicare.gov outlines the federal protections in place that dictate the rights and protections of the nation’s Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing home residents. If any of these rights and protections are infringed upon, you may be able to pursue a claim against the facility on your loved one’s behalf.

Alabama failing to protect seniors from elder abuse

Elder abuse is becoming increasingly problematic in America, and the problem will likely only intensify as the baby boomer generation continues to age and require care. The problem should be of particular concern to those who are growing old in Alabama, according to Alabama Today, as the state ranked very low in a new study assessing how each state protects its elder residents from suffering abuse.

Rule that would allow patients to sue nursing homes blocked

The passage of a new rule allowing Alabama and the nation’s nursing home residents and their families to sue facilities for negligence has hit a wall. Per Alabama Public Radio, major flaws exist in the way nursing home arbitration litigation is currently handled. While a Mississippi federal district court recognized these systematic defects, a lawsuit filed by the American Health Care Association may still prove successful in preventing families from pursuing justice through litigation.

Under new rule, Alabama’s nursing homes can be sued for neglect

Historically, residents of Alabama’s continuing care facilities who were neglected have had very little legal recourse, but that is all about to change thanks to the passage of a new rule. According to Fox Business, U.S. nursing home residents and their families are now able to attempt to hold residential facilities accountable in a court of law for negligent actions that caused the resident injury or hardship.

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