Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Attorney in Mobile, AL
Alabama nursing home residents report thousands of substantiated cases of abuse and neglect every year, and the number is only growing as elders are living longer and requiring more care. In addition, a hidden number of cases go unreported each year because of victims who are unwilling or unable to come forward and let others know they are being abused, whether out of fear, shame, or physical or mental incapacity. Mobile attorney J. Allan Brown stands up for people who cannot speak for themselves. If you or a loved one has suffered abuse in a Mobile nursing home, the Law Office of J. Allan Brown, L.L.C. will work to put a stop to the abuse or neglect and see that abuse victims are fully compensated by the responsible parties.
Signs & symptoms of nursing home abuse
The first step to stopping and remedying nursing home abuse is to be able to identify it. Since nursing home patients often cannot clearly communicate what is going on, it is important for friends and family to know what to look for and be vigilant for signs of abuse.
- Unexplained cuts, bruises or broken bones – these are signs the resident is being physically abused
- Welts or bruises that occur on both sides of the body in the same place – this indicates that the patient was forcefully grabbed and squeezed by another with both hands
- Bruises or marks around the ankles and wrists – these are signs that physical restraints were used, which are generally illegal unless specifically authorized by a medical professional
- The resident exhibits signs of depression, anxiety or fear – these are signs of emotional, verbal or psychological abuse
- Bedsores – also known as pressure ulcers or pressure sores, bedsores indicate the patient is being neglected and not regularly shifted, moved or turned as required by the appropriate standard of care
- Unexplained weight loss – this indicates malnutrition or dehydration, or even that the resident is being intentionally deprived of food as a punishment
- Disorientation or confusion – these are also signs that the patient is dehydrated or malnourished
Many of the above symptoms of abuse may be explained away by the nursing home staff as normal signs of aging or the resident’s particular medical condition. These symptoms should be carefully investigated by an experienced nursing home attorney who can help determine if abuse or neglect is occurring.
Experienced injury lawyers can put an immediate end to nursing home abuse and neglect
There are many routes available to report nursing home abuse and neglect, such as Alabama Adult Protective Services, Alabama Department of Senior Services, and the office of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman. These offices receive complaints and may launch an investigation or refer the matter to the appropriate agency. However, these agencies have limited staffs and budgets, and there are over 200 nursing homes with more than 25,000 beds in the state of Alabama. Agency investigations and enforcement actions take time. If you or a loved one is being abused or neglected, you want the neglect or abuse to end now.
An attorney is able to act much more swiftly than a government agency in many instances, such as by going to court for a protective injunction or directly confronting nursing home staff and supervisors with allegations of abuse and the threat of legal action. If you or a loved one has been the victim of abuse in a nursing home in Mobile, contact the Law Office of J. Allan Brown, L.L.C. for immediate assistance.