Nursing homes are designed to take care of the elderly members of our community, as well as provide a safe and comfortable place for our loved ones to live out their golden years. Sadly, some of our loved ones are not treated with the respect and dignity that they deserve. Abuse in nursing homes often goes unnoticed because it comes in many different and subtle forms. It can be heartbreaking when you begin to realize signs of abuse. If you or a loved one has fallen victim to nursing home abuse, you may have cause for a claim against the responsible party or even the institution itself. We know how special your loved ones are to you and your family. We understand that the elderly deserve peace and comfort, and we are committed to seeing that you and your family get the settlement they deserve.
When you have discovered that your loved one has been abused in a nursing home, you need help from a skilled and compassionate attorney. You can count on Kevin Patrick Law to be by your side throughout this difficult period.
If you or someone you love is the resident of a nursing home or extended care facility, then you should familiarize yourself with common types of nursing home abuse and negligence. Knowledge is power when protecting your loved ones. We are going to highlight for you five of the most common types of nursing home claims:
While there are some physical signs that we all can clearly recognize as abuse, we also want to share with you a detailed, but certainly not exhaustive, list of other signs of neglect at assisted living facilities:
As a member of the elderly relatives’ family or as a close friend, you are in the best position to determine whether there may be abuse toward the resident. A good preventative measure is unannounced walk-ins to the assisted living facilities. Don’t be afraid to trust your instincts and always share your concerns with the supervisors at the nursing home. A detailed log of changes in an elderly resident’s behavior is critical to a successful nursing home negligence case.
According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA), nursing home abuse is common and dramatically underreported. They claim that:
Abusers of the elderly are both men and women. Commonly, perpetrators of elderly abuse are family members. However, many elderly abusers are nursing home employees and volunteers.
There may be more than one liable party in nursing home abuse cases. When nursing home abuse is reported, it may quickly become apparent that one employee at a nursing home is responsible for abusing your loved one.
However, there may be other parties that hold some responsibility. If other employees in a nursing home knew about the abuse of your loved one, they may also be held liable. The nursing home facility itself may be liable for these incidents, particularly if they failed to follow standard hiring practices or made attempts to cover up abuses that took place under their watch.
Nursing home negligence cases require specialized legal skills and expertise. These cases are not to be taken lightly by attorneys; instead, there are many important steps to investigate and prosecute an assisted living facility:
If you have discovered that your loved one has been abused in a nursing home, seek legal assistance as soon as possible. At Kevin Patrick Law, we are going to get to work on your case immediately. Our goal is to investigate what happened so we can secure the compensation you and your loved one deserve. This can include:
If your loved one has died in a nursing home and you suspect abuse or neglect by employees is to blame, you may be able to recover compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit. Kevin Patrick Law can also help you with these cases. It is vital that abusers are held accountable for their actions so that nobody else has to go through what you and your loved ones are going through now.
All you and your family wanted was the confidence in knowing that your loved one was safe and being taken care of every day. Your elderly family members and friends are deeply important to us. We will make sure they are protected from nursing home negligence and abuse. Their lives are precious to us, and we will do our very best for you and your family and friends. If you need an Atlanta nursing home abuse attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or by calling (404) 566-5880.