Greater Atlanta Nursing Home Neglect and Elder Abuse Attorneys Serving Fulton, Dekalb, Clayton, Gwinnett, Cobb, Rockdale, and other counties throughout Georgia
Perhaps the most vulnerable to negligence in our society are the elderly. Because they often cannot communicate their needs – or that their needs are being met – the elderly are particularly at risk for mistreatment. Families trust nursing homes and assisted-living facilities to care for their elderly members and deserve some assurances that their relatives are getting the care and attention they need.
The Atlanta elder abuse and nursing home negligence attorneys at Tyrone Law Firm have successfully worked on behalf of Georgia families whose loved ones have been mistreated and injured by the neglect of nursing homes. Our success has generated millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements – that is valued by our clients and respected by our peers. If you have concerns that a loved one has been the victim of nursing home neglect, nursing home injury or elder abuse, contact the lawyers at the Tyrone Law Firm and schedule a free consultation.
The Prevalence of Nursing Home Neglect:
Although we trust Nursing Homes with our most precious resource – the elderly of our communities – they are prone to neglecting and causing injury and even death to seniors. According to a 2009 Congressional report, 1,600 nursing homes, almost a third, have been reported for abuse.
We have seen this too many times: clients come to us with concerns that a serious injury or death of a loved one at a nursing home seemed suspicious. More often than not we find that neglect from caregivers and neglect in basic care led to the injuries or death.
Under statutory federal law, nursing care facilities must have a written policy for the residents’ protection. The document is called “The Nursing Home Resident’s Bill of Rights”. “The Nursing Home Resident’s Bill of Rights” requires that residents have the right to:
- Dignity, Privacy, and Respect
- Only be transferred or discharged for medical reasons
- Receive or refuse to receive visitors
- Manage their own personal accounts and finances
- Choose their own physician
- Have personal possessions
- Participate in the planning of their medical care and treatment
- Be informed about their condition and their treatment
Some Warning Signs of Elder Abuse
According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, for every reported case of nursing home abuse, neglect, or exploitation, five additional incidents are unreported. For this reason, it is imperative that family members know and recognize the warning signs of nursing home negligence. These include:
- Unexpected or unexplained death
- Excessive loss of weight
- Injuries stemming from lack of restraint or restraint
- Unexplained falls
- Broken bones
- Open wounds
- Cuts, bruises, or welts
- Bed sores and ulcers
Contact Our Greater Atlanta Attorneys Serving the Citizens of Georgia:
If you think that an elderly member of your family could have been the victim of nursing home abuse, it is important to quickly contact a lawyer you can have confidence in. Our attorneys will get started immediately investigating, documenting and reporting the abuse. At the Tyrone Law Firm family members of elder abuse victims will speak with an attorney the same day they call our firm. Our lawyers will immediately begin examining your case. Once the Tyrone Law Firm takes you on as a client, we will support you during every phase of the legal process.