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Atlanta, Georgia Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys

As Atlanta Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys, we certainly hope that no one ever find themselves in the painful situation of helping a loved one cope with nursing home abuse or neglect. Unfortunately, it is all too easy for our elderly loved ones who are disabled, chronically ill, suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia, or otherwise unable to care for themselves to be victimized by their long-term caregivers simply because they cannot take care or defend themselves. In fact, statistics show that every year one out of four nursing homes will be cited for causing an injury or death of one of its residents. Further, in 2007, state agencies in Georgia reported receiving 937 calls per month reporting potential abuse, neglect or exploitation of seniors. 

While we are based in Atlanta, we have handled cases throughout Georgia including cities such as Augusta, Macon, Savannah, Columbus, Albany, Athens, Warner Robins, Valdosta, Alpharetta, Marietta and Johns Creek.  We will also come to you for an in home meeting should we feel you have a viable claim after we speak.  If you suspect that your loved one is victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, we urge you to call one of our qualified Atlanta nursing home abuse attorneys at (404) 814-8949 or fill at our online evaluation form for a free, no obligation consultation.

Risk Factors for Nursing Home Abuse

There are several risk factors that may indicate or place a resident at risk for abuse or neglect in a nursing or assisted living home environment. According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, these risk factors fall into one of three general categories:
  • First, there are facility risk factors, which would include poor staffing and institutional indifference.
  • Second, a patient’s own risk factors which might include having dementia, having unmet needs, or living in social isolation in the facility.
  • Third, a patient’s relationships can increase the level of risk. If a patient does not get many visitors in the facility, there will be less oversight of his or her caregivers. In addition, family members who are overly involved may get in the way of the facility’s delivery of care.
More information on these risk factors is available in the Nursing Home Abuse Risk Prevention Profile and Checklist published by the National Council on Elder Abuse.

Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

Nursing home abuse can happen anywhere and, often, seniors, especially those suffering from dementia, do not or cannot speak up. It can take the form of intentional abuse, but a nursing home that fails to fulfill its obligations and is neglectful can also be guilty of violating the law and violating patients’ rights. Some examples of the common types of abuse and injuries that victims suffer include:
These types of abuse and injuries can have serious consequences, leading seniors to experience emotional trauma, such as depression, as well as causing physical injury or even death. In many cases, seniors will be dependent upon family members to notice the signs of abuse and to speak up on their behalf.

Getting Legal Help from an Atlanta, Georgia Nursing Home Abuse Attorney

If you suspect that a family member or loved one is being subject to nursing home abuse or neglect, you are going to naturally feel angry and hurt. However, if a loved one has been victimized, they may be entitled to monetary damages for the unnecessary medical treatment and bills they incurred as well as the pain and suffering that they have endured if it can be proven that the long-term care facility or medical provider committed negligence. Unfortunately, proving this negligence is generally very difficult and that is why you may want to consider speaking with a qualified Atlanta nursing home abuse Attorney.

Hiring a Nursing Home Abuse Attorney is an important way to stand up for a victim’s rights, especially people who cannot speak for themselves. In the present arena of nursing home litigation, it takes a qualified legal team to prove that a nursing or assisted living home was negligent, causing a victim’s illness, injury, or death. The nursing home abuse and neglect Attorneys at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C., are experienced at investigating and proving incidents of nursing home abuse and neglect.

If you entrust our firm of Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys to review your family member’s potential claim, we will conduct a thorough review of all of the facts. We will request and review the patient’s relevant medical records as well as conduct thorough interviews of other potential witnesses. We will also speak with one of the nursing home medical experts we have retained in the past to get their evaluation of the patient’s potential claim. After completing the early stages of investigation, we may suggest that a victim or his or her legal representative file a lawsuit against the negligent facility or doctor. It is our promise to help clients understand the legal process, including the pros and cons of filing a lawsuit or taking other legal actions to resolve their case.

Let us be your Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys of choice. Call us today at (404) 814-8949 or fill out our online evaluation form for a free, no obligation recommendation. We have over 18 years of experience helping victims of nursing home abuse and neglect living in Atlanta and the surrounding communities recover the damages to which they are entitled. And remember, if we decide to pursue your case we will take it on a contingency basis which means that you pay us nothing unless you recover monetary damages.

Also, be sure to visit our Georgia Learning Center Page where we have assembled a number Articles and Videos specific to Worker's Compensation Claims such as:
It is our hope that these Articles and Videos will answer some of your immediate questions.
 
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