Finding out that your loved one has not been getting the care they deserve and need can be a heartbreaking and infuriating experience. Choosing to place a loved one in a nursing home can be a difficult and emotional process, so finding out that the location—often chosen after careful research and debate—is not doing its job can be especially disappointing. This is one of the most important decisions that people make about their loved one’s care, and having your trust broken is often a terrible experience.
If you’re in this unfortunate position, it may be time to find an Atlanta nursing home abuse lawyer who can tackle your case and help your family get the compensation they need.
It’s not always easy to tell if abuse is taking place. If the patient of a nursing home has trouble communicating about their experiences, it may take some time for family members to understand the extent of the damages and the seriousness of the situation.
If you are seeing signs of neglect and abuse, chances are that there are even more incidents happening that you haven’t witnessed. The time to call an Atlanta nursing home abuse attorney is as soon as you suspect that there’s a problem. A lawyer can examine the details of your case and let you know if it is sufficient for a lawsuit. They can also help you figure out what kinds of evidence to look for and how to document it in a way that will make your case as strong and focused as possible.
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The first signs that something is amiss in a nursing home setting may be subtle, and it can be difficult to differentiate signs of abuse from the fragile state that many nursing home residents face. Not all of the warning signs of abuse are guarantees that abuse is taking place, so it’s important to look at the full picture and keep an eye on progress (or lack of progress) over time. While many of the warning signs of abuse can also be the result of a legitimate health concern that the nursing home cannot control, multiple red flags taken together are often a sign that neglect and abuse are present.
Nursing home patients are vulnerable to a range of abuse, and it’s important to understand the possible categories.
Wrongful Death: If a nursing home patient dies while in the nursing home’s care, there may be a wrongful death case if the death was found to be preventable and related to neglect or abuse.
There may be many people responsible for nursing home abuse. Obviously, any individual willfully and intentionally inflicting physical, emotional, or sexual abuse on a patient is responsible for those actions, but the responsibility likely does not end there. If the facility failed to adequately screen staff before hiring them or neglected to provide adequate ongoing training for staff, they can be held responsible for their inaction as well. The responsibility can be spread across the facility including up to its off-site corporate offices, if they exist. Nursing home facilities may also have partnerships with physicians in other medical institutions, and those institutions may be responsible for any care overseen by their staff.
If you’re facing the difficult situation of a loved one being abused by a nursing home, it can be overwhelming and confusing. Reaching out to a qualified and experienced lawyer can help make things easier and provide you with peace of mind and focused, actionable steps.
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Gather all evidence needed to substantiate your claim.
The other party will accept, reject or counteroffer.
If the other party lowballs or refuses to pay, we go to court.
Each party submits evidence that will be used in trial.
An informal proceeding to see if parties can settle before trial.
If a settlement cannot be reached, we go to trial.
Yes. Many nursing home abuse cases will result in negligence lawsuits.
Nursing home abuse can come in many forms. The failure of a nursing home facility to provide adequate care is a common form of neglect. Other forms of abuse include physical, emotional, and sexual abuse.
Many nursing home facilities are complex, powerful institutions with lots of resources at their disposal. Having an experienced lawyer on your side can help you make sure your case is as strong as it can be.