When it comes to seeking damages for personal injury, a lot depends on having a clear understanding of the definitions of words. However, it's not enough to know how Webster's dictionary defines something. The critical definition is the one that is spelled out in the text of the law that deals specifically with the issue in question.
Suspecting abuse and neglect of a loved one at the hands of staff at an Alabama long-term care facility is a challenging issue to have to address. Regular readers of this blog know we try to speak about this subject on a regular basis.
We have written before about the concerns many in Alabama have about the care -- or rather the lack thereof -- which too many vulnerable loved ones experience in nursing homes. Despite federal and state laws defining minimum standards of care, neglect and abuse does happen.
A Dec. 1 news report points out an interesting fact: in most hospitals and doctors' offices, nursing homes and assisted-living facilities, nurses are the ones who tend to be most often in contact with patients. When a nurse makes a mistake, it can be devastating for a patient, leading to various injuries or even death. When a mistake happens, that nurse may have to answer to the Alabama Board of Nursing.
In Alabama, it is often more important for the family of an elderly person to know what elder abuse is than it is for that person to know on his or her own. By the time they enter a nursing home and are subjected to direct abuse or nursing home neglect, things may have progressed to the point that they need their family members to step in and assist them. When this happens, it is important for those people to know about all of their specific rights and legal options.