Nursing Home Negligence Lawyers in Atlanta
Fighting Elder Neglect & Abuse in Georgia
Has a loved one been the victim of nursing home negligence in Georgia? While it is incredibly painful to think about, nursing home negligence and abuse is frightfully common in the U.S. According to the National Council on Aging, one in 10 Americans aged 60 and over have experienced elder abuse. However, it is estimated that these numbers are far lower than the actual number of cases because people tend to be hesitant to report abuse for a variety of reasons.
If you believe someone you love has been subject to neglect and/or abuse while in an elder care facility, you have the legal right to file a lawsuit on their behalf. The Fry Law Firm is here to help. Our team of Atlanta nursing home negligence lawyers will fight to help you and your loved one obtain compensation that will cover your losses and—more importantly—seek an end to the abuse.
Types of Nursing Home Neglect
Elder neglect and abuse can take place in an elderly person’s home by a relative or caregiver (domestic) as well as in a place such as a hospice or nursing home (institutional). It may be perpetrated by a caregiver, staff member, fellow nursing home resident, or even one or more family members.
Nursing home neglect and abuse can come in many forms, but may look like:
General neglect and failure to provide basic needs
- Leaving residents unattended for extended periods of time
- Failure to provide basic necessities such as enough food and water
- Failure to ensure the safety and security of residents
- Theft of a resident’s money or other possessions
- Deceiving the resident into giving up control of their money
- Forgery of documents
- Not allowing the resident access to their own funds
- Unwanted touching, groping, or grabbing
- Sexual assault or rape
- Striking, hitting, or slapping
- Restraining or confining with ties or other forms of restraint
- Using an object to cause injury
Mental, verbal, and emotional abuse
- Insults, slurs, and name-calling
- Isolating residents from other residents or their family
- Exerting control over residents such as limiting their use of phones
What to Do If You Suspect Neglect & Abuse
If you have a relative in an elder care facility, keeping in regular contact and checking in on them as often as possible can help you catch signs of neglect and abuse early enough to get your loved one to safety before lasting harm can be caused.
Signs that your loved one may be suffering from elder neglect and/or abuse include:
- Abrupt change in behavior and attitude (such as becoming more combative or withdrawn)
- Being startled or scared easily
- Broken possessions, such as eyeglasses, which may hint a person has been attacked
- Rapid weight loss and other signs of malnutrition
- Repetitive behaviors, such as rocking back and forth
- Unexplained bruises, cuts, bedsores, and other injuries and infections
- Unsanitary living conditions
- Sudden changes in medication or dose
- Seeming fearful, especially around certain caregivers, residents, or other individuals
- Unexplained expenditures
- Being presented with bills for unforeseen expenses such as additional medical or care costs
If you notice any of the above or another sign that causes you to believe your loved one may have been abused, don’t wait to get help. Write down or take pictures documenting anything incriminating, file a complaint with the nursing home, reach out to a nursing home negligence lawyer to discuss your legal options, and call 911 if your loved one is in immediate danger.
Filing a Georgia Nursing Home Negligence Claim
Economic and non-economic losses, or damages, are available for recovery following a successful lawsuit. The award of damages allows you and your loved one to pay off expenses such as finding a new caregiver, medical bills for your relative’s recovery, and more.
In Georgia, damages available in nursing home abuse claims include, but are not limited to:
- The cost of all relevant medical expenses
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Pain and suffering
- Other related costs
An attorney can help calculate how much in damages you are rightfully entitled to as well as put together your claim. While our legal team at The Fry Law Firm will attempt to settle your claim through negotiations, we are willing to go to court on your behalf if a settlement can’t be reached. Because there is a time limit associated with filing nursing home abuse claims, it is in the best interest of you and your loved one to consult with an attorney as soon as possible.