Georgia Elder/Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer

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It is estimated that nearly one-third of Georgia's nursing homes have been understaffed meaning that they had fewer than the state's minimum numbers of employees since 1999. As a result of this shortage, the quality of nursing home care suffers, and therefore Georgia nursing home abuse is common. Unfortunately, nursing home abuse is also common across America.
Every year, tens of thousands of elderly Americans are abused in their own homes, in relatives homes, and even in facilities responsible for their care. As people age and become elderly, they may become more and more physically frail, decrease the sight and hearing senses, and become less able to stand up for themselves if being bullied mentally or physically.

Elder/nursing home abuse can take many different forms; it can be physical, sexual, and/or psychological abuse. Malnutrition, financial exploitation, and neglect are other forms of abuse. Furthermore, such issues as harassment, intimidation, bullying or belittling can be construed as abuse, and they don't have to be perpetrated by nursing home staff. Another resident of a nursing home may be violent or otherwise abusive.

There are some signs and symptoms that can provide evidence of elder abuse or neglect. The more visible signs of abuse include bruises, broken bones, cuts, scars and bedsores. The signs of neglect may be a bit harder to notice because the injuries aren't as readily apparent. Neglect includes providing insufficient food and water, inadequate attention to hygiene in residents who are not self-sufficient, inadequate medical care, and failure to assist residents who have mobility issues.

All nursing home or elder care facilities have an obligation to protect the rights of every single resident, and to provide an attractive, clean, and healthy environment. They are also obligated to treat residents equally, with no discrimination based on race, religion, color, nationality, ability or source of payment. Nursing home facilities are required by federal law to compose a Nursing Home Resident's Bill of Rights, which they are also required to make available to any resident upon request. The Bill of Rights outlines all policies of the specific nursing home, and each facility must require residents to sign a statement, indicating they have read and understood these rights, before admittance. Specific rights include the right to be informed about one's specific medical condition and treatment, the right to participate in planning one's care and medical treatment, the right to choose a physician, the right to manage personal finances, the right to privacy, dignity, and respect, the right to personal possessions, the right to be free from restraints and abuse in nursing homes, the right to voice grievance without retaliation, the right to be discharged or transferred only for medical reasons, and the rights of access.

You may suspect that an elderly person you know is being harmed physically or emotionally by a neglectful or overwhelmed caregiver or being preyed upon financially. If you suspect that someone you love has been abused or mistreated in a nursing home, you should contact a Georgia elder/nursing home abuse lawyer or attorney as soon as possible. You can also contact a civil lawyer or attorney if you are seeking damages outside of the facility.

Of course, if you feel that your loved one is suffering abuse at a nursing home, and that it is an emergency situation, you should call 911 immediately, or contact your local law enforcement agency.
A Georgia elder/nursing home abuse lawyer or attorney will be able to advise you of your legal rights, as well as offering a thorough evaluation of your case, at an initial consultation. At that point, the attorney, who is an expert in the relevant laws in the state of Georgia and on a federal level, will be able to guide you through the process of pursuing justice in your case.

A Georgia elder/nursing home abuse lawyer or attorney will offer a free nursing home abuse consultation where they will evaluate your case, explain your legal rights, and assess any damages they feel you are entitled to as a result of any abuse or neglect caused by a Georgia nursing home. An elder/nursing home abuse lawyer or attorney will also be knowledgeable about any pertinent laws, so they will be well-equipped to argue your case in a court of law and win it.


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