Savannah Nursing Home Neglect & Abuse Attorneys
Legal Recourse for the Abused & Their Families Across Georgia
Unfortunately, nursing home abuse and neglect is all too common. With an ever-increasing older population, more and more of the elderly are confined to nursing homes across the nation. Combined with understaffing and poor management, many of these individuals fall prey to various types of nursing home abuse and neglect which can lead to serious injuries and even death.
If you have a loved one whom you suspect may have been victimized by some type of abuse, you should confront the persons in charge. If you are not satisfied with what you are told, you should not hesitate to contact one of our Savannah nursing home abuse lawyers. Trust your instincts or your suspicions to find out whether or not your family member is at risk. Tate Law Group, LLC can conduct an investigation into the matter and move forward with legal action in pursuit of damages. Not only will you be helping your family member, you will be assisting others in the home who could also be victimized in the future.
Defining Elder Abuse & Neglect
Nursing home abuse and neglect are two sides of the same coin. It can occur in many ways and be perpetrated by both staff, residents, and visitors.
- Abuse: an intentional act by a caretaker that physically or mentally harms the elderly resident. Abuse can be broken down into four main subcategories: Physical, sexual, emotional/verbal, and financial.
- Neglect: usually unintentional, but still causes harm to the resident through lack of supervision, poor hygene, malnutrition/dehydration, and giving incorrect medication, among others.
Identifying Signs of Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect
Elderly residents who are victims of nursing home abuse or neglect can often feel helpless to change their situation or may be intimidated into silence by their abuser. Additionally, residents who suffer from dementia, alzheimer's, and other mental disorders, may not even be capable of verbally expressing the abuse that is happening to them.
It is up to the loved ones of nursing home residents to be on the look out for signs of abuse or neglect and put a stop to it.
Physical signs of abuse/neglect:
- Unexplained bruises, bleeding, or scratches
- Bedsores (pressure ulcers)
- Unexplained hospitalizations
- Unexplained falls or found wandering off
- Broken bones or fractures
Non-physical signs of abuse/neglect that are more difficult to identify
- Signs of emotional upset, such as fear, anxiety, rocking motions, whimpering
- Not being allowed to see resident or visit cut short
- Unexplained changes in mood and disposition
- Facility looks unclean and room isn't maintained
- Smells and odors coming from resident
Reporting Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect
If you suspect or have proof that your elderly loved one was abuse or suffered neglect in a nursing home facility, you can file a report with the Georgia Department of Human Resources, Division of Aging Services online or by calling +1 (866) 552-4464.
Pursuing Damages for Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect
Reporting nursing home abuse or neglect to the state will not result in compensation for the suffering your loved one has endured. The only way to recover compensation is by filing a civil lawsuit with a Savannah nursing home abuse lawyer against the facility where your loved one was abused.
With help from our firm, you may be able to recover damages for:
- Emotional trauma your loved one sustained
- Medical costs to treat injuries
- Cost of prescription medications
- Expenses related to in-home care or a full-time care facility
Tate Law Group, LLC is a firm dedicated to getting results and has won more than $100 million in verdicts and settlements for our clients throughout our history. Our legal team of polished litigators is here to help you seek the justice you deserve for any type of nursing home neglect or abuse in or around Savannah.
Call us at (912) 333-3915 for a free case assessment now.
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