Atlanta Nursing Home Abuse Attorney
What is considered nursing home abuse in Atlanta, GA?
Nursing home abuse is a broad area, covering everything from neglect to downright malicious abuse. Here are some of the signs of abuse:
- Bedsores. Bedsores are 100 percent preventable and if your loved one has them, he or she is not getting proper care.
- Falls. Many nursing home patients needlessly fall. Look out for unexplained fractures.
- Malnutrition. No nursing home patient should be malnourished.
- Overmedication or mismanaged medications. Patients must be able to trust their caretakers to dispense medication properly.
- Sexual abuse. As sad as it is, sexual abuse does occur in nursing homes. No one should have sexual contact without consent at anytime in one’s life.
- Patient wandering or leaving the premises unsupervised.
- Resident to resident abuse. A nursing home takes in all kinds of people and sometimes that means bringing in a predator.
- Bullying by a staff member or other resident.
Why does nursing home abuse occur?
What are the causes of nursing home neglect and abuse?
There are many causes of nursing home neglect and abuse.
- Like any business, nursing homes can be mismanaged.
- Staffs tend to be underpaid and poorly trained.
- Patients often cannot speak for themselves so cases are unreported.
In fact, according to a university study, in abuse cases of people 60 and older, only one in 10 cases are ever reported.
What do you do if you suspect elder abuse in a nursing home?
The Georgia Department of Community Health regulates nursing homes. But before you bring a claim against a nursing home, call a Nursing Home Abuse Attorney at John Foy & Associates at 404-400-4000. You’re devastated for your loved one and you need a professional by your side. We know how to handle these cases. We want your loved one to be as comfortable as possible while we’re investigating the case. And because we’ve been an Atlanta law firm for more than 20 years we know the reputation of facilities in the area. We have statistics on abuse cases reported at state and local nursing homes. If you suspect elder abuse in a nursing home, document as much as you can. If there are bedsores or other injuries, take photographs. Write down any concerns you have. Usually if you suspect one nurse is being abusive, other staff may suspect as well. Our investigators will help find legitimate witnesses who are willing to discuss the abuse.
Why should someone dealing with nursing home abuse contact an attorney at John Foy & Associates? How does your firm approach a nursing home abuse case?
What can I do if my loved one had died in a nursing home and I suspect it’s from abuse or neglect?
Please call our attorneys at 404-400-4000 and we’ll start an investigation. You can sue a nursing home facility in what is called a wrongful death claim. We urge you to act quickly. We cannot bring your loved one back, but we can compensate the family and help prevent abuse from harming another person. As in any lawsuit, there are statutes of limitations on bringing these cases.
How do you report nursing home abuse in the state of Georgia?
How can we stop nursing home abuse?
The National Center On Elder Abuse in Washington, D.C., reports that the patients most vulnerable to abuse are those who don’t get a lot of visitors. It’s important to visit your loved one and be an advocate for his or her care. There are many online resources with information including http://www.nursinghomeabuseguide.org