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Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys in Americus, Georgia

Taking advantage of vulnerable elderly individuals is a disgraceful and illegal practice. Unfortunately, nursing home abuse is not uncommon in Georgia and other states across the country. If you suspect that your loved one does not receive the standard of care entitled to or suffers abuse in a nursing home, contact our attorneys at The Shrable Law Firm, P.C.

Our results-driven and dedicated attorneys aggressively go after assisted living facilities and nursing homes to hold staff members accountable for abusing and neglecting elderly persons. We serve nursing home residents and loved ones in Americus, Georgia.

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Laws Protecting Freedom from Abuse and Neglect

Many state and federal laws are protecting the rights and safety of nursing home residents. In particular, these laws protect the residents’ freedom from abuse and neglect in nursing homes. Georgia law makes it illegal to neglect, abuse, and exploit elderly persons. State laws also impose strict reporting requirements. Thus, it is unlawful for someone who is obligated to report nursing home abuse to not report the illegal conduct to appropriate authorities.

In particular, nursing homes and staff are prohibited from engaging in the following types of abuse:

  1. Physical (acts of violence against nursing home residents)

  2. Emotional and psychological (bullying, manipulation, verbal insults, threats, and other forms of emotional and psychological abuse)

  3. Sexual (forcing or manipulating a resident into non-consensual sexual activity)

  4. Financial (illegally taking a resident’s money and belongings from them)

State and federal laws prohibit nursing homes and assisted living facilities from neglecting residents. Nursing home neglect refers to the staff members’ failure to properly care for residents. Common forms of nursing home neglect are:

  • Failure to provide adequate personal hygiene

  • Causing a resident to suffer emotional stress (e.g., by leaving them alone for too long or disregarding needs)

  • Failure to meet a resident’s basic needs

  • Failure to give residents the proper medical attention they deserve

If you believe that your loved one was a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, consider speaking with our skilled attorneys to figure out your legal options. At The Shrable Law Firm, P.C., we assist families of those living in nursing homes to get justice and hold facilities and staff members accountable for despicable and illegal conduct.

Signs of Abuse in Nursing Homes

Often, signs of nursing home abuse go unnoticed for months or even years. Family members may not notice that a loved one has experienced abuse or neglect because they do not visit them frequently or the signs of abuse are too subtle. Some of the most common signs that indicate abuse in nursing homes include:

  • Bruises

  • Torn clothing

  • Broken glasses

  • Scratches

  • Bleeding

  • Broken bones

  • Bedsores

  • Dehydration

  • Infection

  • Sexually transmitted disease

If your loved one expresses extreme sadness, fear, or anxiety, you must consult with our attorneys to investigate the possible case of nursing home abuse or neglect.

Who is Liable for Nursing Home Abuse/Neglect?

When a resident suffers injury or harm in a nursing home or becomes a victim of abuse or neglect, the loved ones can typically hold the facility accountable for the conduct of its staff members. Nursing homes have a duty to provide residents with a safe environment and free of abuse and neglect. The facility may fail to meet the duty of care due to:

  1. Negligent hiring

  2. Inadequate security

  3. Negligent supervision

  4. Understaffing

In some cases, a third party can be held liable for a nursing home resident’s injury. A third party can be liable under the following circumstances:

  • The facility hired a third-party contractor to provide security

  • A resident’s injury is the result of faulty or defective equipment

  • A resident was abused by a healthcare provider from an outside facility

Reach out to our nursing home abuse attorneys in Americus, Georgia, to investigate your case and help you determine liability.

Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys Serving Americus, Georgia

The knowledgeable nursing home abuse attorneys at The Shrable Law Firm, P.C., understand how painful and overwhelming it is to see your loved one suffer from the consequences of abuse or neglect. That is why we are dedicated to helping victims of nursing home abuse and loved ones hold facilities accountable for failure to provide the care and support needed for elderly persons. Get a case review with our team of personal injury attorneys to determine your options.