Have you been the victim of nursing home negligence? Learn the nitty gritty of your nursing home abuse case, then call our Atlanta lawyer.
Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing home cases in general are some of the most heartbreaking cases to see and some of the cases that we are the most passionate about at the Gunnels Law Firm. This is because they involve taking advantage of some of the most dependent and weakest people in our society. Nursing home cases are similar to cases involving children, in that they are cases in which the most dependent members in our society are at risk. We want to do everything we can to help protect those members.
If you have a relative or a loved one who is in a nursing home, some of the things to look for are bedsores, which happen when the person is not being moved or turned enough. If a person is bedridden and they are in the same position too often, they will generally develop sores on parts of their bodies that they are not being moved off of. Another involves hygiene. If you look at the person who is in the nursing home and don’t feel like they are getting appropriate hygiene, that can often be a sign that they are not being well taken care of and the nursing home is not undertaking its obligations appropriately.
Another matter is if you are seeing cuts, scrapes, bruises or swelling on the the person who is in the nursing home or if you’re getting information regarding regular falls. Falls are particularly dangerous for people of advanced age and frailty. These can be complicated issues because people who are in nursing homes often do fall without any negligence on the part of the nursing home. If you feel this is an issue, it’s certainly worth looking into and making sure that everything is being done to protect your loved one.
Reporting Nursing Home Abuse
Older people who have lost their senses or ability to take care of themselves are some of the most at-risk people that we have in our society, and it’s important that we’re diligent in looking out for their interests. If you believe that you have seen evidence of a situation where an elder is being abused in some fashion, whether or not in a nursing home, it’s imperative that you report that to proper authorities.
One way to do that in the state of Georgia is by going to aging.georgia.gov. This site provides you all the resources you need to report instances of elder abuse to the authorities assigned to investigate them. Another thing you can do is contact a personal injury attorney who has experience in working with elder abuse and nursing home issues so that they can help you both with the reporting process and in determining if you may have a personal injury claim arising from this matter of elder abuse, whether or not it involves a nursing home.
Nursing Home Abuse Recorded Statement
We are often asked if you should comply, and the answer is always no. While you may think you’re doing a helpful thing for your claim, what you are actually doing is harmful. Insurance companies use trained claims examiners to ask questions in a way that will garner misleading answers and be detrimental to your claim going forward. Don’t ever give such a statement, especially without your attorney present.
Nursing Home Abuse Medical Bills
When we evaluate nursing home negligence cases, one of the things we have to look at is the amount of damage that’s been caused, and a lot of that comes from medical expenses. Nursing home negligence cases are extremely expensive to bring forward. They involve a lot of time, depositions, and expert testimony. These are cases that can take a long time. You don’t want to pursue one of these cases when your recovery is not going to exceed what the value of the case is. In looking at a nursing home case, what you want to look at is how significant the injuries are, specifically if there are permanent injuries or if someone passed away as a result.
Have you or a loved one been the victim of nursing home negligence in Georgia and have questions about the nitty gritty of your nursing home abuse case?
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