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Was your loved one a victim of nursing home abuse or negligence in Georgia?
Finding an experienced lawyer with the right background is crucial in these types of cases. Let our attorneys secure compensation and justice for your family, and stop those responsible from harming others.
Types and signs of nursing home abuse
One of the most difficult things about preventing nursing home abuse is properly identifying when it is happening. Differentiating between natural aging conditions and abuse isn’t always clear-cut. Sometimes, certain health conditions such as dementia and Alzheimers can cause a resident to act unusually, lose interest in their hobbies and passions, or lose weight suddenly due to a loss of appetite — all possible signs of abuse, as well. Or perhaps a resident loses their balance and injures more easily, resulting in bruises and broken bones that might be mistaken for signs of physical abuse.
For this reason, it’s important to be vigilant when visiting your loved one to spot signs that they may be experiencing a form of abuse. It’s also a good idea to visit at different times and come unannounced in order to get a better understanding of your loved one’s living conditions.
According to Georgia’s Department of Human Services: Abuse of older and disabled adults (at-risk adults) is one of the most undetected and underreported problems in the U.S.
So if you witness 1 or more of the following signs of abuse, consider reporting the incident to authorities and contacting a nursing home abuse lawyer as soon as possible if you believe your loved one is being abused or neglected.
Nursing home abuse comes in all shapes and sizes
Often, multiple types of nursing home abuse occur at the same time. For example, a resident who is being sexually abused may also show signs of physical and emotional abuse.
If your loved one is showing any sign of possible abuse or neglect, take steps to ensure their safety, report the facility and consult with a nursing home abuse attorney to investigate.
Georgia’s nursing home residents’ bill of rights
In Georgia, residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities have legally protected rights. These rights are clearly laid out by the Department of Community Health in § 31-8-5. While the full statute is quite extensive and we won’t cover it all here, below we’ve listed a few of the basic rights that all nursing home residents in Georgia enjoy:
● Right to transparent billing and access to non-medical records kept by the facility
● Right to “adequate and appropriate” care, treatment and services
● Right to personal dignity and privacy
● Right to choose a physician and plan medical care
● Right to be free from actual or threatened physical restraints, isolation, or restrictions on mobility (including use of drugs to limit mobility
It’s also important to note that a resident’s representatives have a right to see the resident and their living quarters during normal visitation hours, unless the resident refuses the visit.
Compensation in nursing home abuse lawsuit
When a victim of nursing home or elder suffers abuse, Georgia law allows the individual or their close family members to seek compensation for “damages.” Economic damages may include medical expenses (if treatment/therapy is needed for physical or emotional injuries) and lost wages (if the resident of a long-term care facility is not yet retired and was prevented from returning the work).
In nursing home abuse cases, non-economic damages tend to be the most commonly awarded type of compensation. These damages aim to compensate victims for pain and suffering, emotional distress, mental anguish, reduced quality of life and other non-economic losses caused by the defendant.
What’s more, plaintiffs in nursing home abuse or neglect cases may also be able to seek punitive damages, which are intended to punish the defendant for grossly negligent acts or malicious behavior that was intentional and especially egregious.
Meet your Georgia nursing home injury attorney
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NURSING HOME NEGLECT
If you suspect that your loved one was abused or neglected at a nursing home or long-term care facility, the first thing you should do is report the abuse to the proper authorities. If it’s an emergency, call 9-1-1. Otherwise, in Georgia, you can contact the Department of Human Services Division of Aging Services by phone or via their online reporting form.
Next, consult with an experienced and knowledgeable attorney at The Law Offices of Julian Lewis Sanders and Associates. We will gather evidence, investigate the facility, obtain medical records and consult with medical experts to determine the best course of action and explore your legal rights. What’s more, we’ll review all the facts to properly calculate the value of your case.
Most nursing homes and long-term care facilities are run by massive healthcare corporations with deep pockets and teams packed with experienced defense lawyers. In order to go up against these corporate giants, it’s vital you hire a legal expert of your own to even the playing field and seek justice on the behalf of your loved one.