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.
Deciding to put a loved one in a long-term assisted care facility is difficult enough, and then you have to choose which facility is right. Not all seniors require long-term care. But for those who do, there is a spectrum of options ranging from independent living and assisted care facilities, to in-home nurses and memory care, to hospice and nursing homes.
As of 2020, there were somewhere between 30,000 to 35,000 nursing home residents in Georgia, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. There are more than 350 nursing homes and over 1,300 senior living providers.
Unfortunately, many facilities in Georgia have a track record of abuse and neglect.
Several in-depth, investigative reports—including by the Atlanta-Journal Constitution
—found that a surprisingly large number of long-term care facilities in Georgia were found to have serious deficiencies, rampant reports of abuse and negligence, and were forced to pay millions in penalties.
In fact, roughly 10 percent of Georgia nursing homes were found to have serious deficiencies. What’s more, there are over 5 million elder abuse cases each year nationwide, and 1 in 10 people over the age of 60 report having been abused.
What’s more, in 2019, Families for Better Care
gave Georgia a failing “F” grade for the second straight report card as the state’s overall ranking sank from No. 43 to No. 48. This was because the percentage of Georgia nursing homes investigated for severe deficiencies nearly doubled in recent years, complaints swelled nearly 5 percent, and chronic understaffing continues to be a problem—making these facilities rife for negligence and abuse.
According to ProPublica, of the facilities nationwide that paid the highest fines and had the most serious deficiencies, several are located in
● Pioneer Health of Central Georgia (Byromville, GA)
● Fountain Blue Rehab and Nursing (Macon, GA)
● East Lake Arbor (Decatur, GA)
● Crossview Care Center (Pineview, GA)
● Pinewood Nursing Center (Whigham, GA)
Wherever your loved one is being cared for, they deserve the best. At the very least, they deserve to live out their remaining life in peace and safety. By reporting abuse and pursuing legal justice, you can not only help protect your loved one but also make sure that those responsible are held accountable and will never be able to hurt another family or resident again.
If you believe nursing home abuse is occurring now or occurred to your loved one in the past, don’t hesitate to consult with a knowledgeable Georgia nursing home abuse attorney immediately to learn about your legal rights.