In Georgia, elder abuse and negligent care has become all too familiar. Nursing homes were created with the best intentions to meet an elderly individual’s medical needs while providing a home-like environment. Unfortunately, some caretakers take advantage of these extremely vulnerable individuals. The intentional abuse or neglect of older patients can lead to extensive physical and emotional injuries, including death.
According to the National Council on Aging, elder abuse includes not just physical abuse and emotional abuse, but can also include financial exploitation, neglect, sexual abuse, and abandonment. Those who commit these heinous crimes often include the elder’s children, spouses, and other family members—as well as staff at assisted living, nursing homes, and other facilities that cater to the elderly. Factors as substance abuse by the abuser or diminished capacity of the elderly victim can contribute to the intentional neglect or exploitation.
Due to the rising aging population, facilities are often understaffed and without the proper workforce, patients are neglected or abused. Because of the increasing prevalence of this neglect, a bill of rights has been established by the legislature to protect the rights of nursing home residents and to guarantee that all regulations are met with regards to elderly patient care.
In the U.S., nearly 5 million elderly individuals are abused every year. If there is suspected abuse, exploitation, or neglect, Georgia law requires mandatory reporting by all law enforcement personnel, medical personnel including pharmacists, counselors and social workers – essentially any agency employee who is engaged in health related services to disabled or elderly adults; physical and occupational therapists; providers of day care; the coroners and medical examiners as well as employees of any financial institution.
On May 10, 2020 at World Elder Abuse Awareness Day people talked about preventing, identifying, and responding to elder abuse and financial exploitation. And none too soon in our opinion.
What To Do If You Suspect Abuse
While there are subtle signs of abuse, often it isn’t caught until it results in serious injury or death. If you start noticing a change in your loved one’s personality, or marks or bruises that are unexplained, you need to speak with a nursing home negligence lawyer right away. An experienced nursing neglect lawyer can assist you in determining whether abuse is present and how to take steps to ensure your loved one will be safe. No one deserves to be abused or neglected. Contact Georgia Trial Attorneys and get the compensation you need for your family member to recover physically and emotionally.
Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys
When you hire a lawyer at Georgia Trial Attorneys, you aren’t just a number. We treat each case with a high level of care and compassion. Our modern trial tools together and our extensive experience are a winning combination that gives our firm superior results. We understand that when you discover that your loved one is being abused, you may feel sad, confused, and outraged. The best way to assert your family member’s rights is to get an aggressive legal advocate on their side. If you live in Georgia, call 678-392-1401 for a free consultation for advice and guidance on your claim.