Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys in Athens, Georgia
Justice for the Victims of Nursing Home Abuse in Athens, GA
Nursing home residents have certain rights and protections under the law in Georgia. These resident rights include, but aren't limited to the right to privacy, the right to proper nutrition, the right to non-discrimination, the right to manage your own money and the right to be treated with dignity and respect.
Nursing homes are intended to provide our elderly loved ones with a caring and supportive environment and to ensure these rights are protected. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. While many nursing homes provide quality care, nursing home abuse is a widespread and often hard-to-detect problem. A study conducted by the Special Investigations Division on Government Reform Committee revealed that over 30 percent of nursing homes in the United States have been cited for abuse. Some believe nursing home abuse is increasing, in part due to a greater percentage of the population residing in nursing homes across the country.
At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, our firm assists the victims of nursing home abuse and their families. We seek to hold responsible parties accountable for the terrible abuse they inflict. Our Athens firm offers a free consultation to the victims of nursing home abuse, providing you with an evaluation of your legal rights as well as recommended steps to protect those rights.
Types of Nursing Home Abuse
In 2014, the CDC reported that the proportion of nursing homes with for-profit ownership in Georgia was 69.8% (2014). As with any for-profit business nursing homes want to increase the “bottom line”. The less spent on the residents, the more money they make. Commonly this results in insufficient staff at the facility – the primary ingredient for neglect.
- Neglect is the most common and insidious types of abuse as most residents will need help with everyday needs such as showering and eating. If these basic needs are not addressed, the elderly residents suffer and can rapidly deteriorate.
- Physical abuse by staff or other residents. Residents have been struck, pushed and forcefully handled particularly if viewed as being non-cooperative by staff.
- Sexual abuse by staff or other residents.
- Emotional abuse can include verbal insults, scolding and taunts which family members will not witness.
- Financial abuse can occur in a variety of ways such as credit cards or cash stolen from the resident’s room.
Alzheimer’s or dementia patients are easier targets for abuse but even if a resident knows what is happening, he/she may not report anything for fear of retaliation.
At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, we hear from families about these issues too often. Our firm fights to see that nursing home abuse victims obtain the compensation they are entitled to under the law.
Is Your Loved One Being Abused?
Nursing home abuse can be difficult to detect. Not all types of abuse will leave physical marks and you must be on the alert for signs of abuse. However, you can be an a strong advocate for your elderly loved one if you are vigilant and look for potential warning signs of nursing home abuse. Some of these include:
- Cuts and bruises
- Bed sores
- Missing personal items
- Poor hygiene
- Declining mental or physical health
- Fear of certain staff or situations
- Excessive hunger or thirst
- Confusion or disorientation due to prescription medication
If you spot any of these signs or a related indicator of abuse, contact the Athens nursing home abuse attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law. Our law firm investigates the potential abuse and uncovers evidence in order to pursue claims against nursing homes for the purpose of recovering compensation for our clients and their families. Compensation can include medical expenses, Pain and Suffering, punitive damages depending on the egregiousness of the act, and more.
What to Do If You Suspect Nursing Home Abuse
Deciding to place your elderly loved one in a nursing home is a difficult decision. When you select a care facility, you trust that they will provide quality and respectful care while meeting all of your relative’s physical, mental, and emotional needs. Our attorneys at Montlick & Associates understand the severity of these types of cases, which can involve costly medical and psychological care as well as long-term treatment. If you or a loved has suffered from nursing home abuse, contact our attorneys for a free consultation as soon as possible. Do not delay in seeking legal advice, as you have a limited amount of time to pursue a claim.
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For over 35 years, our law firm has assisted thousands of injured clients in Athens and across Georgia. We provide compassionate and knowledgeable representation and strive to achieve the best legal outcome for each client.
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