Nursing Home Abuse Injury Attorneys Serving Athens
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Nursing homes are generally thought of as safe and secure places for our loved ones to be in their later years. But in reality, one in five nursing home residents will experience abuse.
When a vulnerable loved one suffers harm at the hands of someone they were meant to trust, families often experience feelings of betrayal, rage, and frustration. Nursing home abuse is an egregious crime. You can count on Montlick to fight fiercely for your family. Our attorneys understand your time is better spent caring for your loved one than worrying about legal concerns. Call us today.
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We know the immense toll nursing home abuse can take on a family. That’s why we pursue every avenue of compensation to get justice for you and your loved one. We have 39 years of experience holding nursing home corporations and staff accountable for abuse and negligence of those in their care.
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Abuse Happens More Than You Think.
Learning the different forms nursing home abuse can take is a crucial first step in preventing it from happening. The most common forms include:
Neglect: Neglect is the most common and insidious form of nursing home abuse. It encompasses the failure of caregivers to meet the nursing home residents’ basic needs, including the provision of food, fluids, safe shelter, exercise, medication, and security. Neglect is the most difficult form of abuse to identify because it often does not leave clear physical signs.
Physical abuse: Physical abuse of a resident involves the infliction of injuries or the threat of inflicting physical harm. And according to a study conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO), one in five nursing home residents will experience abuse. Common types of physical abuse include shoving, hitting, using excessive restraints, withholding food or water as punishment, and more.
Over-medicating: Many nursing home residents will take prescription medications to assist with ailments. Some residents are prescribed medication with tranquilizing effects to help with the anxiety and stress associated with aging and memory loss. Residents’ prescription intake must be closely monitored but unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for staff to overmedicate residents to make their behavior more manageable.
Psychological/emotional abuse: This form of abuse encompasses the intentional infliction of emotional distress upon residents using verbal or non-verbal means. This could include cruel statements made to residents, ignoring or isolating behaviors, and more. Like neglect, this can be a difficult form of abuse to identify. According to a study completed by the National Center on Elder Abuse, psychological and emotional abuse is the most common form of abuse that takes place in nursing homes.
Financial abuse: According to the National Council on Aging, elders are more likely to self-report financial abuse than any of the other forms. It’s reported that a whopping $2.6 billion each year is lost due to financial abuse. Nursing home staff members have stolen residents’ possessions, cash, credit cards, and other valuables. There are even instances of staff pressuring residents into signing over their bank accounts or changing their wills.
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What Compensation Looks Like
Getting The Answers You Deserve.
Concerns regarding nursing home abuse should be met with cooperation from staff. If you’re met with any resistance at all, don’t hesitate to call an attorney. Our initial consultation is entirely free and comes with no obligation.
After a nursing home abuse or neglect situation, you may be able to pursue compensation in the form of a financial award for injuries sustained. Financial compensation in nursing home abuse cases may cover:
- Any and all medical costs
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma and mental anguish
- A loss of enjoyment of life
- A permanent disability directly caused by abuse
- Emotional trauma for the victim’s loved ones
Hospital stays cost thousands of dollars and can be a heavy burden to carry. Let us help lighten the load by getting you fair compensation.
Who’s to Blame?
More than one person may be responsible for what your loved one has experienced. Liable parties may include the nursing home business entity if:
- The staff was not properly trained
- Proper hiring standards were not in place
- Standards were ignored leading to a dangerous individual being hired
- Failure to adequately supervise staff
- Failure to report abuse
Whatever the case looks like, we always fight fiercely for the rights of our clients and their loved ones.
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Suspect Abuse? Here’s What to Look For
Some cases of abuse will be harder to recognize as they don’t leave physical marks. Pay close attention to the behavior and mental state of your loved ones as it will help you determine if something more serious is happening behind closed doors. Contact a qualified attorney as soon as possible if you suspect abuse.
- Bruises, cuts, infections, or bone breaks that can’t be explained
- Malnutrition or dehydration
- Poor hygiene
- Anxiety or irritability
- Fear of a specific staff member
- Missing daily living aids (ie; glasses, cane, wheelchair, etc.)
- Unattended medical needs
- Isolation from loved ones
- Unusual behavior or sleep changes
- Withdrawal from normal activities
If you recognize any of the listed conditions, you could very well be noticing signs of abuse. Act immediately. Call Montlick.