Georgia Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
Sadly, cases involving Georgia nursing home and abuse incidents are very common. Some family members identify mistreatment and take requisite action to help their loved ones. Others may not necessarily notice the warning signs of mistreatment or abuse. A Georgia personal injury lawyer from Julia A. Rice, Attorney at Law & Affiliates, P.C., can help you protect your loved one.
Why Choose Our Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys in Georgia?
When faced with a serious claim like nursing home abuse, working with a skilled and experienced attorney in this particular area is critical. It can define what happens next. At Julie A. Rice, Attorney at Law, & Affiliates, P.C., we offer exactly what you need:
- Highly experienced fighting for nursing home patient rights
- Proven results helping families to obtain compensation owed to them
- Compassionate, trusted, and client-focused
When you meet with us for a free consultation, we are happy to answer all of your questions while providing you with valuable insight into your options for moving forward. We understand how hard this situation is, and we take pride in being able to offer solutions to many of our clients.
Types of Nursing Home Abuse in Georgia
Nursing home abuse in Georgia can occur for many reasons. Any time you or your family member experienced care that is not in line with expectations, we recommend speaking to us about your case. This includes the following common signs of nursing home abuse:
- Broken bones
- Pressure sores (open wounds on the body)
- Extreme thirst
- Sudden weight loss
- Unexplained bruises or skin damage
- Poor hygiene
In some situations, nursing homes will tell you about something that occurred, causing an injury. Other times, they do not know what happened – and that is particularly concerning.
Anytime you notice any type of injury to a person or any change in them, bring it up to the administration (not just the person on staff). Find out what is documented about what is occurring. If you are not satisfied with that information, do not stop there. Continue to pursue information and contact an abuse attorney. Often, locations will present what seems like one excuse after another to cover up their lack of knowledge of what occurred.
Our legal team can dig further and find out what occurred and why. We can require access to documentation and look for patterns in who is providing care to your family member.
Top 8 Warning Signs Your Loved One Is In Danger
If you or a family member has noticed the following, it’s time to take action and reach out to a trusted advocate:
- Poor hygiene and cleanliness
- Unusual or sudden changes in your loved one’s behavior
- Unexplained injuries, wounds or bruises
- Sudden weight loss or gain
- Signs of dehydration or malnutrition
- Bed sores, ulcers, or open wounds
- Fear of staff members or other residents
- Unsanitary conditions within the nursing home
Legal Rights Of Nursing Home Residents In Georgia
Regardless of the incidents, do not be afraid to take action. Your loved one has rights that include, but are not limited to:
- High quality of care free from gender, race, national orientation, disability, age, marital status and sexual orientation discrimination
- Possessions, including the right to own personal property
- Religious freedom, including the right to practice his or her own religion
- Communication, including the right to have access to a telephone
- Financial freedom, including the right to manage her or his own financial affairs
- Make healthcare decisions such as the right to refuse and receive medical and dental treatment and have access to medical records
- Transfer, including the right to transfer to a different facility
Nursing home residents are entitled to enforce these rights without retribution, harassment, or retaliation.
What Damages Can I Recover for Nursing Home Abuse?
Our nursing home abuse attorneys in Georgia can help you pursue losses associated with your family member’s care. If you are struggling to understand what could make such a horrible situation better, let us help you determine what legal right to compensation and damages you have.
Every situation is a bit different. However, we will help you explore all of the potential damages associated with the at-fault party. Some examples of this include:
- Economic damages: This includes specific expenses that relate to the incident, such as the medical bills they have from requiring medical care, as well as loss for any monetary fraud that occurred.
- Non-economic damages: This typically includes losses based on the impact on a person’s life. This may include mental anguish, emotional distress, pain and suffering, and loss of quality of life. These are just some of the most common losses associated with the incident.
- Punitive damages: In some situations where excessive recklessness or intentional abuse occurred, the court may award punitive damages, which can be additional on top of these other losses.
Do I Have a Nursing Home Abuse Claim?
We encourage you not to make the decision without speaking to a nursing home abuse attorney first. We will tell you exactly what we think after hearing insight into what occurred in your family member’s case. We are fully transparent. There is no cost to you for this initial consultation.
You may have a nursing home case if you can prove that negligence occurred. To do that, we must focus on the following specific requirements under the law to prove abuse occurred.
- Duty of care: Was there a duty of care established? Typically, this will be yes because the nursing home is required to provide a staff of experienced people to care for your family member. These people can be expected to provide specific care.
- Violation of duty of care: The next step is proving that the provider of care violated that duty of care. Did they fail to follow industry best practices or expected care practices?
- Injury: Did the violations that the nursing home care provider did cause harm to your family member directly? That is, the violation of the duty of care must have caused the injury to occur.
If this occurs, then it is likely that you have a case of nursing home negligence, and you should seek out compensation for it. While this may seem like three simple steps, there are a lot of details that need to be filled in. The process is far more complex in that we need to have evidence that each of these steps occurred and that the person’s losses were not due to being ill or frail.
Our Georgia nursing home abuse attorney has the skill and experience to do just that. We encourage you to reach out to us immediately for help and guidance in that process. We get results for our clients.
Benefits of Hiring a Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer in Georgia
Hiring a nursing home abuse lawyer could provide you with the peace of mind you may not have right now. Your loved one is hurting and suffering due to the negligence of one or more people. We can help you. Some of the benefits of hiring an attorney include:
- Allow our team to preserve evidence so that you have a better case moving forward. Our goal here is to ensure all evidence is identified, even hidden information that may not have been offered by the nursing home.
- Legal representation in a court of law is also one of the core benefits. You are going to face a significant number of challenges in these legal matters, and you need to have an attorney who can fight for you by your side.
- A comprehensive understanding of the law is an added benefit to using an attorney.
- We work with medical experts and industry experts who can answer questions and better guide our investigation into what occurred.
These are steps that can help to strengthen your case, leading to more extensive damage recovery. Learn more about our firm’s success by reading client testimonials.
How Our Attorneys Can Help You
If you suspect your loved one in a Georgia nursing home or extended care facility is in peril, our nursing home abuse lawyers at
Julie A. Rice, Attorney at Law, & Affiliates, in Atlanta, Georgia work within the Entire State of Georgia can help seek justice and compensation.
Please kindly contact us as soon as practical by phone at 770-865-8654, by email at email@example.com or on our contact page on our website. We understand the legal rights of nursing home residents under both State and Federal Law in thorough detail. We know Georgia Law and the Remedies available to pursue when any of these rights have been violated. Our clients are our top priority. We will offer guidance for you and your loved one every step of the way.
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