Nursing homes house the elderly and the disabled, two of the most vulnerable groups in society. The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) states that the elderly who suffer from physical abuse are 300% more at risk of death in comparison to those who have not been abused.
Abusing the elderly and the disabled is nothing short of egregiously malicious behavior. It is important to hold the abuser responsible to the fullest extent of the law.
The nursing home abuse lawyers at John Foy & Associates are here to help residents of Savannah and the surrounding areas get justice and receive financial compensation on behalf of their loved ones. We offer free case reviews to all that reach out. Call us today at (404) 400-4000 or submit a request for an appointment through our online form.
What Damages Can I Get Compensated For?
When your loved one goes through abuse in a nursing home, you can recover various damages.
Since the elderly are physically fragile, you can expect a considerable amount of medical expenses after they suffer through abuse. Surgery, emergency room visits, prescriptions, casts, and much more can all be a result of even moderate or mild forms of physical abuse.
The average hospital expense in Georgia can cost upwards of $2,000 or more, and that’s just for relatively minor injuries. The injuries your elderly loved one suffered should be paid for by the abuser. You can compensate for whatever medical expense you’ve incurred when filing a claim.
Nursing home abuse will typically count as a qualifying factor that will allow you to receive an award for punitive damages. The Official Code of Georgia Annotated (OCGA) §51-12-5.1 refers to these damages as a form of punishment against the at-fault party if they caused an accident or injury through:
- Malicious behavior
- Egregious negligence
- The intent to harm others
Since elder abuse is a crime, extremely malicious, and done with the full intent of causing harm, a nursing home abuse case will more than likely allow you to receive compensation for punitive damages. Remember, all cases are unique and there is no guarantee that you can qualify for punitive damages, but if you can we will actively pursue them.
These refer to damages that do not traditionally have a fixed value, such as:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma and mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Permanent disability directly resulting from the abuse
Our attorneys will not neglect these damages. We have various formulas and take into account the entirety of your case to accurately calculate your non-economic damages.
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The Nursing Home Can Also Be at Fault
An abuser isn’t solely responsible for all the pain and misery your loved one went through. The nursing home itself can also be equally responsible for the abuse your loved one has suffered. If the nursing home did not:
- Adequately train their staff
- Have proper hiring standards in place
- Knowingly ignored those standards and hired a dangerous individual
- Failed to supervise staff or report any abuse occurring
They can be found liable for your damages as well. The lawyers at John Foy & Associates will help you root out all of those responsible for the abuse and hold all of them accountable so that justice can be done.
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Our Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Can Help You Win
Our attorneys are sympathetic to the pain and stress you are going through. We want to help you get past this difficult time and help you win against the abusers that hurt your loved one. With don’t have any upfront or hidden fees.
We only take payment if we win for you. If we can’t win you compensation, you owe us nothing. Insurance companies and the defense will always try to move quickly to get you to settle for less.
We will always work hard to fight back against their exploitative tactics. Our lawyers know the best time to file your claim and will ensure that your case is as strong as possible before proceeding to negotiations.
Get a Free Consultation Today with Our Savannah Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
Our law firm has helped personal injury victims for more than 20 years. With thousands of cases resolved and millions recovered for our clients, we are more than confident that we can help you too. Call us to get your free case review and consultation with one of our nursing home abuse attorneys.
There is no risk or obligation when you contact us. You can reach us at (404) 400-4000. We are available 24/7 and ready to provide you with the next steps.