Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers in Georgia
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Nursing homes are intended to provide a place of safety for elderly or infirm individuals who acquire additional care. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 1.4 million Americans currently reside in nursing homes across the nation. This number will rise in the coming years as the population of the United States continues to age. While generally these facilities provide excellent care, the overall rate of nursing home abuse is on the rise. In Georgia, nursing home negligence and abuse is surprisingly commonplace, shattering the lives of many older individuals and their loved ones.
At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, our law firm represents nursing home residents who have been neglected or abused. These cases are complex and proving the neglect can be difficult. We believe our elderly should be cared for and revered in society, and we aggressively seek justice for those who have been treated cruelly and unfairly by nursing home staff, residents, or the facility itself.
Types of Nursing Home Abuse in Georgia
It is important that you and your family learn the types of nursing home abuse that can occur so that you can be on the lookout for its signs. Common forms of nursing home abuse include, among others:
- Neglect: Neglect is the most common and insidious form of nursing home abuse. Neglect generally 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. Moreover, neglect is the most difficult form of abuse to identify because it often does not have clear physical signs.
- Physical abuse: Physical abuse of a resident involves the infliction of injuries or the threat of inflicting physical harm. Common types of physical abuse include shoving, hitting, using excessive restraints, withholding food or water as punishment, and others.
- Over medicating: Many nursing home residents will take prescription medications to assist in a wide variety of ailments. Some residents are prescribed medication with tranquilizing affects to help with the anxiety and stress associated with aging and memory loss. Nursing home staff must carefully monitor residents’ prescription intake. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for staff to overmedicate residents with their pills so as to make them more manageable. This can significantly reduce a resident’s quality of life.
- Psychological and 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 residents, and more. Like neglect, this can be a difficult form of abuse to identify.
- 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.
If your loved one is in a nursing home, it is important that you be on the alert for any signs of neglect or abuse. Visit the nursing home often and at unexpected times. Ask questions and advocate for proper care for your loved one. When you suspect abuse is occurring, contact a nursing home abuse attorney at Montlick & Associates as soon as possible to learn about your legal rights and options.
Put Our Law Firm's Over 37 Years of Legal Experience to Work For Your Case!
If you suspect your loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse, contact the Georgia Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law. For over 37 years, our firm has been defending our clients’ rights across Georgia, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state.
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