Thousands of seniors in nursing homes are abused each year in the U.S., but only a portion of those are reported. If you suspect your loved one is being abused or neglected, call us to speak to a nursing home abuse attorney.
Nursing homes should be a safe place to send your loved ones who can no longer live safely alone. They provide housing for elderly and disabled people who rely on caregivers to help them with daily, routine tasks. They also provide residents with round-the-clock supervision, monitoring, and assistance with medical needs.
Unfortunately, we cannot be with our loved ones 24/7 and may not know when there is abuse or neglect. It is important to recognize the signs of abuse, since your loved one may not be able to communicate what is happening to them or may be afraid to tell you.
Types of Nursing Home Abuse
- Neglect – Deprived of food and water
- Unsanitary Conditions – Not bathed or taken to the bathroom, which can lead to bedsores and infection
- Not properly turned or moved, which can lead to bedsores (also called ulcers)
- Verbal or Physical Abuse – i.e., name-calling, yelling, hitting, slapping, kicking, shaking
- Isolation from friends and family
- Overmedicated or not receiving necessary medication
- Sexual assault
Types of Injuries Seen in Abused or Neglected Residents
- Bedsores or pressure ulcers that can lead to infection or amputation
- Malnutrition and dehydration
- Anxiety and depression
- Unusual or unexplained cuts and bruises
- Broken bones or sprains from falls or physical abuse
- Infections of skin or soft tissue, urinary tract or respiratory infections
- Head injury
Some Reasons Nursing Home Abuse May Occur
- A lack of resources
- Lack of staff training and experience
- Underpaid employees
- Poor supervision and accountability
- Insufficient staffing
Nursing Home Inspections
Any nursing home facility that receives Medicare or Medicaid payments is subject to mandatory annual inspections. The inspections are overseen by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and are rated on a 5-star quality system. Deficiencies are ranked depending on the number of times an incident has occurred, as well as the scope and severity of the problem.
Anyone who is trying to decide where to place a loved one may review inspections and ratings of individual nursing homes at www.medicare.gov. You can review results of health inspections, fire safety, staffing, quality of resident care, deficiencies & penalties.
How a Nursing Home Abuse Attorney Can Help
- Obtain compensation for medical bills
- Recover the cost of having to change nursing homes or caregivers
- Pay for mental health treatment
- Receive payment for the pain and suffering of your loved one
- Discourage nursing homes or caregivers from any future wrongdoing
At Gautreaux Law, we have over two decades of handling injury and abuse cases. We have the knowledge and resources to investigate your claim and take the necessary steps to get full and fair compensation for your loved one’s injuries and suffering. If you suspect abuse or neglect contact us right away since there are time limits in Georgia for filing a nursing home abuse case. (478) 238-9758 or (888) 876-6935