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Why Alabama Nursing Abuse Goes Unreported

The elderly are one of the most vulnerable populations in our society. Cognitive impairments, mobility limitations, and underlying age-related illnesses demand that the elderly receive the highest level of protection - particularly from the facilities which are paid to care for them. Unfortunately, these very same limitations cause many cases of nursing home abuse to...

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Proposed Federal Regulation Could Limit Residents’ Ability to Sue Negligent Nursing Homes

A new policy advocated by the Trump administration would have a direct impact on the legal rights of residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Unfortunately, this policy directive would not be for the better. It has to do with mandatory, binding arbitration agreements, which many nursing home residents are required to sign upon...

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Birmingham Law Firm Releases Nursing Home Negligence Guide

A Birmingham law firm has released a free guide to nursing home neglect cases, which the attorneys say will help awareness among families throughout Alabama.  “Thousands of families statewide are affected by abuse and neglect in nursing homes every year,” attorney Perry Shuttlesworth of Shuttlesworth Lasseter, LLC, said. “Far too many of those cases go...

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Birmingham Nursing Home Abuse Fueled by Social Media

Although nursing homes aren't always the most pleasant places, residents have the inherent right to retain their dignity. In fact, it's part of the Nursing Home Bill of Rights, as recognized by federal regulators. Unfortunately, a growing number of employed caregivers are perpetuating a form of nursing home abuse in Birmingham and elsewhere that effectively...

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Birmingham Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers: What to Do About Resident-on-Resident Bullying

We tend to think of bullying as something that primarily plagues children in the schoolyard. Here's the truth of the matter: Bullying occurs among seniors - and in particular, in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities - and is often perpetuated by other residents. Although it may seem like a minor issue, bullying can...

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Elder Financial Abuse in Alabama a Growing Concern

Financial abuse and exploitation of the elderly in Alabama is too often overlooked and unreported. Unlike the systems in place for child abuse, there is no national government-led agency to intervene or field complaints. Unfortunately, as the U.S. population ages, so too does the number of predators eager to take advantage. A few high-profile instances may increase...

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Sexual Abuse is Widespread in Nursing Homes Nationwide

Since 2000, more than 16,000 complaints of sexual abuse in long-term care facilities have been reported. As horrifying as this number is, a recent in-depth investigation by CNN opines it significantly underestimates the total number of abuse victims. There are no national databases tracking reports of sexual abuse among the elderly in nursing home environments. Further, many...

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Nursing Home Arbitration Clause Battle Heads to Supreme Court

When a nursing home resident is hurt or dies as a result of the neglect or abuse of facility staffers, administrators should be held accountable. The resident or their surviving family members deserve to have their day in court when disputes arise. Unfortunately, this is not happening for many people who suffer harm due to the negligence and...

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Can I Install a Hidden Camera to Catch Nursing Home Abuse in Alabama?

Nursing home abuse and neglect are both very serious concerns. Seniors are vulnerable to being victimized in a nursing home and many elderly people, especially those suffering from conditions such as dementia, cannot necessarily speak up about abuse they are enduring at the hands of caregivers.   Because many people are worried about the care...

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Identifying Nursing Home Neglect During the Holiday Season

Nursing home neglect is a problem year round. Unfortunately, neglect may actually become worse over the holidays when experienced nursing home staff members go on holiday vacations, leaving the residents in the care of inexperienced temp agencies or resulting in the care facility becoming shorthanded.  Many people will visit nursing homes over the holidays in...

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