“Honor your father and mother.” How we care for our elders speaks volumes about our character as a society. Later in life, taking this command seriously and loving our parents, we do our best to make suitable arrangements when our parents must depend on others. You and your family make the difficult decision to place a loved one in a nursing home or assisted living facility, trusting that it will be a caring and professional environment. When this trust is violated, and injury or death follows from negligence or abuse, you need an attorney who will seek answers and accountability. It is unacceptable to put profit before patient safety, and nursing homes cannot be allowed to take short cuts on staffing, training, supervision, or regulations in a way that jeopardizes the health or lives of our most vulnerable.
Whether your family’s case deals with a fall, inattention to infections and bed sores, not properly caring for Alzheimer’s or dementia patients, cutting corners on staff or training, or even a case of intentional abuse from employees who never should have been hired in the first place, call on an experienced attorney for your family’s case. If you suspect that a loved one might be a victim of nursing home negligence, do not hesitate to seek the guidance and advice from a nursing home abuse attorney.
As our Athens, Georgia nursing home liability lawyers can explain, any type of physical contact that results in injury, whether it is unintentional or not, is considered physical abuse. The perpetrators of the abuse could be caregivers, doctors, or other residents. Examples of physical abuse include hitting, pinching, slapping, grabbing, shoving, pushing, punching, or overuse of physical restraints. Physical abuse can also entail sexual assault and abuse, which is any nonconsensual or unwanted act that is forced on them. If you think your loved one could be the victim of abuse, contact us at Norris Injury Law immediately.
Mental or emotional abuse can be damaging to the victim, and cause conditions such as anxiety, depression, and PTSD. Just because an injury may not have physical symptoms doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be taken seriously. Emotional abuse incidents can have a physical aspect, but not always. Examples of ways that a senior person may suffer from emotional abuse at a nursing home include yelling, swearing, humiliating, belittling, patronizing, name-calling, dismissing, embarrassing, insulting, and attempts to control, isolate, or manipulate.
Abandonment happens when someone is purposefully deserted by someone who should have been caring for them. Elder abandonment can entail discharging a senior person from a facility without ensuring that their future care is attended to. The caregivers at the facility are responsible for patient care, and actions that neglect or abandon that duty may warrant filing legal action against the offender and the facility itself. Residents who are unable to care for themselves due to mental or physical limitations are particularly vulnerable to harm if abandoned.
Neglect is considered a form of abuse where someone’s basic care needs have not been met. Instances of neglect could be failing to help a resident with hygienic needs, not attending to their nutritional or physical health, failing to provide for their medical needs, and not protecting them against safety risks or hazards. If you are worried that your loved one is receiving subpar care in the nursing home facility they live in, we urge you to reach out to our Athens nursing home liability lawyers now so we can intervene. Time is of the essence, as to prevent further incidents from happening.
Some of the caregivers at the nursing home could have access to a resident’s personal information, such as their finances. If you observe odd transactions or transfers of money that are unlike your loved one to do, then financial exploitation at the hands of caregivers could be the culprit. It’s an unfortunate fact that not everyone treats others with the respect they deserve, so much so to where abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation can happen.
Anyone who is concerned for their senior relative’s wellbeing while living in a nursing home is advised to contact our Athens nursing home liability lawyers from Norris Injury Law as soon as possible. Realizing that our loved one may be in danger is a scary thing to imagine, but it is a reality for some senior people. If you think your senior relative may need help, we are ready to take your call.
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