When you place a loved one in a nursing home, you are also placing your trust that your family member will be treated in a professional manner, both medically and psychologically. If you have reason to believe that the nursing institution has neglected or abused one of your loved ones, you may be entitled to file a claim against it. In Atlanta and throughout Georgia, the nursing home negligence attorney at Robbins & Associates, PC can help you through this process.
Our attorney has been fighting for the rights of nursing home abuse victims since 1978. We have seen firsthand the tragic consequences of negligent nursing home care, and we are committed to helping you hold all responsible parties accountable for their actions. It is our hope that our efforts will help prevent other similar atrocities from occurring in the future.
Causes of Nursing Home Abuse
In recent years, providing care to the elderly has become a big business. As a result, there have been numerous nursing homes and assisted living facilities which have opened to accommodate this growing need. Unfortunately, some of these facilities place profits above their commitment to providing high quality care to their residents. It has become all too common for nursing homes to cut costs in order to boost profits. This has resulted in negligent care to many elderly residents in their charge.
The following factors commonly contribute to nursing home abuse and neglect:
- Inadequately trained staff
- Failure to properly screen potential staff members before hiring them
Warning Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
It is often difficult to determine whether your loved one has been a victim of nursing home abuse. Many nursing home residents lack the ability to communicate this abuse to their loved ones, and others do not report the abuse for fear of retaliation by the abusive staff member.
Therefore, when you visit your loved one, it is important to be on the lookout for the following warning signs:
- Frequent or unexplained injuries
- Poor hygiene
- Social withdrawal
- The appearance of being overly medicated
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