Georgia Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys Discuss the Pervasiveness of the Problem


December 02, 2013

The appalling prospect of caregivers, who are entrusted with the care of our elderly loved ones, committing acts of violence or viciously ignoring the fundamental necessities of hydration and nutrition may seem hard to imagine. Unfortunately, elderly residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities throughout Georgia suffer abuse and neglect far too often. Seniors may even be assaulted or neglected by in-home caretakers hired to come in to the home so that the senior can maintain a high degree of independence. Our Atlanta elder abuse attorneys represent seniors and families members of aging loved ones in seeking financial compensation suffered at the hands of those paid to provide care and assistance to seniors.

Elder abuse is a serious problem that includes action or inaction by caregivers with a duty to provide care that results in harm or creates a serious risk of harm for seniors. The mistreatment of elders includes physical, emotional, sexual and financial abuse, as well as the neglect of a senior's basic needs by someone in a trust relationship to the senior, such as nursing home staff or other caregivers.

There is a substantial amount of evidence that supports the proposition that many elder care facilities are the location of systemic abuse of elderly residents. One study of 2,000 nursing homes in the U.S. found that almost 45 percent of residents in nursing homes had been abused while 95 percent indicated that they had witnessed the abuse of an elderly resident. Although nursing home facilities generally are subject to regulation by state and/or federal agencies, studies have concluded that a significant amount of elder abuse in skilled nursing facilities goes undetected. A General Accountability Office review revealed that many state inspections miss violations of regulations relating to the care and safety of residents. According to the report, seventy percent of state surveys fail to detect at least one regulatory violation while fifteen percent of the surveys do not detect actual harm or acts and conditions that pose immediate peril to nursing home residents.

If your aging parent, grandparent or other loved one has been the victim of elder abuse by a caregiver or in a nursing home, our Georgia nursing home abuse attorneys at Montlick and Associates are available to provide effective legal representation to those throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, 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.

No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.

Category: Personal Injury

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