Huntsville Nursing Home Abuse Attorney
Huntsville, like most of the nation has a growing elderly population. While abuse of any type is an unacceptable event in our society, child abuse and nursing home abuse are two of the most reviled crimes that happen in our country. Nursing home abuse is so common that some lawyers specialize in these types of cases exclusively. Taking care of the elderly is not an easy job and is in fact similar to caring for a young child. Having a difficult job is no excuse for negligence or malice and yet this problem remains a serious one in our culture.
If a loved one was neglected or abused while in the care of a nursing home in or near Huntsville, please contact a Nursing Home Abuse Attorney from Pittman, Dutton & Hellums for a free consultation.
Studies have shown that as many as 90 percent of nursing home facilities are understaffed or have other significant problems that can lead to intentional or accidental elder abuse. These statistics are of particular concern considering that every person who lives in the USA has a one in ten chance of needing a nursing home bed at one point in their lives.
Over 4,900 patients in nursing homes through the year of 1999 died of preventable causes such as malnutrition, bedsores, and dehydration. As hard as the previous statement is to believe, incidents of elder abuse are likely to increase as the elderly population continues to grow over the next 40-50 years.
When we send our vulnerable loved ones to an elder care facility, we expect them to be treated with the utmost care and respect. In fact, the Nursing Home Reform Act and Americans With Disabilities Act demands that our most vulnerable patients be given the best care possible and protected from abuses during their nursing home stay. However, no amount of laws can prevent all negligence or malice and eventually many of us will find ourselves in need of a nursing home abuse lawyer.
Relatives of nursing home patients should be diligent in their efforts to prevent the abuse of our elders. Just a few simple questions along with close observation and awareness of your client or loved one’s surroundings can prevent abuse in many cases. You should never hesitate to question service personnel if you have any questions or concerns.
Schedule a free consultation with a nursing home abuse lawyer from Pittman, Dutton & Hellums. Make this important decision now to help your loved one.