Nursing Home Abuse

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There are over 300 nursing home facilities, accommodating more than 34,000 patients, in the state of Georgia alone. Many elder Georgia residents entrust their care to nursing home facilities. Sadly, there are countless cases of nursing home neglect and abuse every year. Thousands of elderly patients suffer from abuse, mistreatment, and neglect in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and rehabilitation centers alike. While their loved ones may have placed them in a facility believing and trusting they would receive exceptional care, this is not always the case.

WHAT CAUSES NURSING HOME ABUSE & NEGLECT?

Often, nursing home residents require almost round-the-clock attention, but the facilities are usually understaffed and overburdened with other patients. This dependency, in conjunction with understaffing, makes residents more susceptible to abuse, neglect, and malpractice. Additionally, some of the staff members may not be sufficiently trained and may lack the experience necessary to provide the appropriate care to your loved ones.

According to a 90-day study performed by the CDC, 8% of United States nursing home residents visited a hospital emergency department in 2004. Of those residents, 40% had a potentially preventable visit. Falls were the most common cause of these injuries. This is a problem for not only the country, but for the state of Georgia and the metro Atlanta area.

Some of the most common indicators of nursing home abuse or neglect include:

  • Bedsores or pressure sores
  • Undiagnosed or untreated infections
  • Falls because of improper monitoring
  • Broken and fractured bones
  • Malnutrition or starvation
  • Dehydration
  • Verbal abuse
  • Physical abuse
  • Unexplained death

WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN YOU SUSPECT ABUSE OR NEGLECT

Abuse is not always obvious and it is not always physical. Below are some warning signs of emotional and physical abuse to be aware of:

  • Caregiver refusing to allow family and friends to visit the resident alone
  • Resident becoming withdrawn from family and friends
  • Unusual behavior, including rocking or biting
  • Dementia or sudden confusion
  • Depression or low self-esteem
  • Resident becoming more anxious or agitated without explanation
  • Newly developed mood swings
  • Frozen joins
  • Unexplained injuries or bruises
  • Rapid, unexplained weight loss
  • Resident becoming more fearful
  • Unwarranted use of physical restraint

At Jones & Swanson, we understand how important your loved one is to you. Ensuring that they are receiving proper and necessary care is a serious priority for us and we will work closely with you to determine if there are any issues with their treatment.

If your loved one has shown any of the physical signs mentioned above or seems to be emotionally or mentally different than they were prior to their time at a nursing home, you may want to investigate the situation further with the help of one of our compassionate attorneys in Marietta, Georgia. We are here to fight for the justice your loved one deserves.

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Any type of abuse or neglect is frustrating and should be held accountable, however, when an elder individual suffers this abuse and is unable to stick up for themselves or even verbalize their mistreatment, it can be devastating. Your loved one may rely on the staff at their nursing home to feed them, ensure they have proper hygiene, and look over their physical health. Their dependency ultimately makes them extremely vulnerable to serious abuse.

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If your loved one was seriously injured or died at a nursing home, remember that it is not your fault. The Marietta nursing home neglect attorneys at Jones & Swanson want to help you get through this difficult process. By reviewing medical records and consulting with qualified medical experts, the experienced nursing home abuse attorneys at Jones & Swanson will help you to determine whether moving forward with a claim is appropriate.

The attorneys at Jones & Swanson have experience in representing family members whose loved ones have been injured due to Cobb County nursing home abuse or neglect. Kennesaw, Marietta, and Acworth victims and their families may be compensated for hospital bills and medical expenses, physical pain and suffering, burial expenses, mental suffering and physical impairment. Although our office is located in Cobb County, our attorneys have experience representing negligence victims throughout the metro Atlanta area and across the state of Georgia, including Marietta, Smyrna, Roswell, Woodstock, Decatur, Macon, Kennesaw, Acworth, Canton, Sandy Springs, and Dallas.

Looking for a lawyer for nursing home abuse in Marietta? If you or someone you know has a loved one you believe may have been the victim of nursing home negligence or abuse, please contact our office as soon as possible.

Do you believe your loved one has been a victim of nursing home neglect or abuse? Contact our Marietta nursing home abuse lawyers to discuss the situation.

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