INJURED BY A NEGLIGENT
There are over 300 nursing home facilities, accommodating more than 34,000 patients in the state of Georgia alone. Many elderly 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.
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CAUSES OF 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. In conjunction with understaffing, this dependency makes residents more susceptible to abuse, neglect, and malpractice. Additionally, some 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 the country and the state of Georgia and the metro Atlanta area.
Some of the most common indicators of nursing home abuse or neglect include:
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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 cannot 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.
Suppose your loved one has shown any of the physical signs mentioned above or seems to be emotionally or mentally different than they were before their time at a nursing home. In that case, 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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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
- Unusual behavior, including rocking or biting
- Dementia or sudden confusion
- Depression or low self-esteem
- Newly developed mood swings
- Unexplained injuries or bruises
- 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. We will work closely with you to determine if there are any issues with their treatment.
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