It’s a sad reality that many elderly residents of nursing homes, hospices, and extended care facilities are exposed to neglect or abuse by malicious or poorly-trained employees or contractors. But an experienced nursing home abuse lawyer can help.
Even the most attentive families feel powerless to stop this abuse because they rarely see it happening in person. But if families pay attention to the signs of abuse and neglect, they can often save their loved one from continued suffering.
In this video, Page Pate explains how our firm can help a family when they think a loved one may be the victim of abuse or neglect at a nursing home or extended care facility.
Some of the most common, and preventable, injuries resulting from nursing home neglect and abuse include:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has labeled elder abuse “a significant public health problem,” and reports that hundreds of thousands of adults over 60 are abused, neglected, or exploited each year.
If a family member is the victim of abuse or neglect, it is very important to report the neglect or abuse to the proper authorities. In Georgia, you should consider filing a report with the Georgia Department of Community Health, Division of Healthcare Facility Regulation and the Georgia Department of Human Services, Division of Aging Services. Georgia’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program investigates problems and complaints in nursing homes across the state.
Of course, an experience nursing home abuse lawyer can assist you in this process and help make sure the particular facility is held legally accountable.
Family members should be aware of the common warning signs that a loved one may be the victim of abuse or neglect at a nursing home or other extended care facility.
The most common warning signs include:
Yes. Under Georgia law you have the right to demand justice from a nursing home when its staff causes an injury to, or fails to adequately take care of, your loved one.
Residents of nursing homes in Georgia are also protected by a “Bill of Rights” which requires nursing homes in the state to provide a certain standard of treatment, prohibits them from unfairly restricting a resident’s freedom, and outlaws abusing or threatening nursing home residents. Elder abuse and neglect is also a crime in Georgia.
Some of the ways a nursing home or extended care facility may be held liable for neglect or abuse of an elderly resident include:
If you have any questions about your family’s legal rights when a loved one has been injured or abused at a nursing home or extended care facility in Georgia, call us now for a free and consultation with one of our attorneys. We have offices in Atlanta and Brunswick, Georgia, and a satellite office in Washington, D.C.