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Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
Nursing homes and assisted living facilities should give families peace of mind that their loved ones are being cared for better than they can take care of themselves. However, that is not always the case.
Nursing home abuse attorney J.P. Sawyer has over 25 years of experience and knowledge advocating for individuals injured due to the negligence of others. In the last 15 years, we have recovered over $40 million for our past clients. This is no easy feat, but because we are passionate about standing up for those who cannot fight for themselves, we work tirelessly to obtain justice and the full amount of compensation our clients deserve.
Sawyer Law Firm is located in Enterprise; however, we serve clients throughout the state of Alabama. If you believe your loved one has suffered nursing home abuse or neglect, contact us today for a free consultation.
"J.P. Sawyer consulted with us about a negligence lawsuit we wanted to file against a nursing home. He was more than thorough in his review of all records and medical professionals' notes which he presented to his experts. No fee was charged, and I highly recommend him for consult of medical cases or any others."
– Former Client
Frequently Asked Questions on Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect
What are the signs of nursing home abuse?If your loved one resides in a nursing home or other care center for the elderly, keeping an eye out for telltale clues or sings that may point to abuse and neglect is a good idea. Signs of both neglect and abuse can include: Bedsores Dehydration Broken bones Unexplained bruising, sprains, welts, scars, or dislocations Falls Malnutrition Fear of and other emotional reactions towards staff Infections Staff advising you that you cannot visit your loved one Burns Untreated or new health problems Indications of restraint, such as marks on wrists Torn and/or bleeding skin Depression and anxiety Medication errors, including overmedication Sudden and unexpected trips to the hospital Intimidation, harassment, threats, belittlement, or hostile behavior Withdrawal of the resident from normal activities Agitation, demonstrated by rocking motions, mumbling, or frantic behavior Weight loss Missing funds from financial accounts Added new users to bank accounts and credit cards Suspicious changes in estate planning documents, such as wills, titles, and more
What rights do nursing home residents have?Those confined to nursing homes and other elder-care facilities have certain rights. These rights include the right to be fully informed of their health status and records, their choice of doctor and medical decisions, how they are treated, and preferences in interacting with staff and others within the home. Other rights include: Respectful treatment Freedom to participate in activities Freedom from discrimination, abuse, restraint, and neglect Freedom to make complaints Freedom to manage their money as they see fit Freedom to leave
What should I do if I suspect nursing home abuse of my family member?Your first step is to discuss your concerns with the nursing home management. Document their answers. You should also consult with an attorney who can inform you about what to look for in such cases and how to further document any signs of abuse or neglect. This can include photos of your loved one and his or her surroundings in the facility. When you believe wrongful behavior has occurred, bring in an attorney to help you pursue strategic remedies.
What causes bedsores in nursing homes?Bedsores often develop in nursing home residents due to neglect. These injuries are common and are a result of a resident remaining in the same position for long periods of time. This generally occurs in residents confined to wheelchairs or their beds. Bedsores are also referred to as pressure ulcers, pressure sores, and pressure injuries. Without proper treatment, these sores can become infected and lead to serious medical problems for these elderly adults.
Sawyer Law Firm may be a small firm, but we find this beneficial because we are able to get to know you personally and give your case the attention that it deserves. To us, you are not just a case number.
We know how devastating nursing home abuse, nursing home neglect, or personal injury is, not just to you, but to your whole family. We understand that it’s your life and your future that’s on the line. We take your case to heart, which makes us fight harder in pursuing justice as well as the full amount of damages you are owed. We may be a small firm, but we get you big results.
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When you or a loved one has been injured because of someone else's negligence, you need an attorney who cares about you and your story. Work with Sawyer Law Firm today to get the compensation you deserve.