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Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

When you make the incredibly difficult decision to send your loved one to a nursing home, you should be able to trust that the facility will take proper care of your loved one. Unfortunately, many nursing homes and assisted living facilities fail to live up to their end of the bargain. Far too many vulnerable residents suffer from abuse and neglect. A study from the Special Investigations Division of the House Government Reform Committee found that as many as one third of nursing homes had some form of resident abuse taking place over a period of two years. If you suspect that your loved one is being mistreated in a nursing home or an assisted living facility in Georgia, an attorney experienced in handling nursing home abuse and neglect cases will help you protect them and seek justice.

The Possible Signs of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

Nursing home abuse and neglect can take several different forms. There have been cases of physical abuse, psychological abuse, neglect and even financial abuse. No matter what form it takes, it is a travesty. Our most vulnerable loved ones need to be protected. If someone you know is in a nursing home be sure to remain aware of the common signs of abuse and neglect. While some of these signs can be fairly obvious but sometimes they can be more general are potentially difficult to see. Typical of abuse include:

  • Bed Sores
  • Poor hygiene or unsanitary conditions
  • Malnutrition or unexplained weight loss
  • Unexplained infections
  • Fractures or falls
  • Facility is understaffed or staff appears poorly trained
  • Sudden emotional withdrawal, agitation, fear or unusual behavior
I See Signs of Abuse, What Do I Do Now?

When you see any sign that indicates some type of abuse or neglect might be taking place, you should take immediate action. It does not matter if you lack definitive proof. Often proof is very difficult to obtain on your own. A gut feeling is enough to start the process. It is better to be safe than sorry. The first step you should take is to report any suspected abuse. If you feel that your elderly loved one is in need of immediate help, you should contact Georgia Adult Protective Services. You should also contact an experienced Georgia nursing home abuse attorney. A qualified attorney will be your most important ally and will make sure you get justice by holding the bad acting parties legally responsible for their actions.

Contact a Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Attorney in Georgia

If you suspect your loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect you need to contact an experienced lawyer today. We rely on nursing homes and other assisted living facilities to provide proper care in our relatives time of need. They must be held accountable when they fail to live up to this standard. Negligent or reckless care must be punished. The Angell Law Firm has almost 20 years of trial experience successfully representing our clients. Contact The Angell Law Firm today to schedule a consultation.

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