Family members entrust nursing homes with their elderly family members. We expect residents to be treated with dignity, respect, and provided with a certain level of care. Unfortunately, some nursing homes and nursing home workers ignore patient needs or cause accidents which result in injury or death to nursing home residents.
When a nursing home, nurse, or healthcare worker breaches their duty of care in caring for nursing home residents which results in harm, the negligent party should be held responsible for their actions. A nursing home malpractice lawsuit allows family members or the resident to seek compensation for their injuries. If you believe a nursing home was negligent in caring for a family member, contact an experienced Atlanta nursing home malpractice attorney about your case.
Nursing Home Abuse in Georgia
Nursing home malpractice or abuse can occur through active abuse, neglect, or simply not following the standard of care for a nursing home. Nursing home administrators often focus on money at the expense of patient care. This can result in over- or under-medicating patients, understaffing nursing and care staff, or failing to provide the supplies needed to keep patients healthy.
Nursing home staff can also be the cause of accidents and injuries. Staff who fail to follow the necessary procedures to keep patients safe may be negligent for any accidents or injuries that occur. In most cases, the nursing home is liable for the negligence of their employees and can be sued for damages for any harm or injuries.
A nursing home abuse lawsuit can be filed by the injury victim to seek compensation for their damages. The victim would have to show that the defendants breached their duty of care to the victim, which resulted in harm or injury. Duty of care in malpractice cases generally involves having an expert witness show the defendants breached their duty which caused the injury to the victim.
Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing home abuse can be difficult to detect. It can take all forms, including physical, sexual, and even financial exploitation. Many nursing home residents are unable to communicate and others may fear reporting abuse because of possible retribution. Some signs of nursing home abuse can include:
- Emotional withdrawal,
- Unexplained bruises,
- Bedsores or pressure sores,
- Rapid weight loss,
- Changes in behavior,
- Dehydration or malnutrition,
- Multiple fall injuries,
- Delay in treatment for medical issues,
- Loss of personal items.
Some family members attribute signs of abuse as part of getting older. However, it is better to be safe than sorry when looking at unexplained injuries or behaviors. If you suspect a family member may be being abused, the possible abuse should be reported. If you suspect a family member has suffered harm or injury at the hands of nursing home staff, contact an experienced nursing home abuse lawyer to put an end to the abuse and possibly get compensation for the family member's suffering.
Contact Atlanta Nursing Home Malpractice Attorneys
At The Kaplan Firm, PC, our nursing home malpractice attorneys have decades of experience fighting for our clients against nursing homes and the insurance companies. When these companies cut corners and abuse residents, resulting in injury, they should be held liable for their actions. We work on a contingency basis and will never collect any fees until you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today at our Roswell, Georgia location for a free initial consultation.