Albany, Georgia Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys
Protecting the Legal Rights of the Elderly in Athens and All of Georgia
Nursing home abuse is prevalent across the country, causing immense harm to residents and their families. Currently, there are more than 1.4 million Americans in nursing home facilities nationwide, and this number is expected to rise dramatically in the coming years as more of the Baby Boomer era retires. While most nursing homes can be wonderful places to provide care for the elderly or infirm, rates of nursing home abuse are far higher than many realize. Moreover, nursing home abuse can be hard to detect, making it important for caregivers to be vigilant.
If your loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse, you and your loved one may have the right to bring an action against the person or nursing home facility responsible. At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, we value the elderly in our society and believe all should be treated with respect. We will also aggressively pursue compensation for our clients injured due to nursing home abuse.
Types of Nursing Home Abuse
There are several distinct types of nursing home abuse, including:
- Neglect: Neglect is the most common form of abuse and also one of the most difficult to detect. Neglect involves failure to meet a resident’s basic needs, such as food, safe shelter, fluids, medication, exercise, and the like.
- Physical abuse: Infliction of injury or threats of physical harm can constitute physical abuse. Shoving or hitting are common complaints made by residents enduring abuse.
- Overmedicating: Overmedication is related to neglect, but it involves the intentional provision of too much medication to sedate patients.
- Financial abuse: Theft of valuables and money occurs on a routine basis in some nursing homes. Residents with memory impairment are most at risk and can even be persuaded to give their valuables to nursing home workers in some cases.
- Emotional or psychological abuse: Emotional distress can be inflicted by staff through verbal or non-verbal means. Cruel behavior can leave residents with anxiety, depression, and other related psychological injuries.
Warning Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing home abuse is not always easy to recognize and not all forms of abuse will necessarily have clear physical signs. If your loved one is in the care of a nursing home, frequent visits and knowledge of the signs of abuse can help to detect any wrongdoing. Be alert for the following signs of nursing home abuse, among others:
- Bed sores
- Cuts or bruises
- Poor hygiene
- A decline in physical health
- Missing items
- Excessive hunger
- Anxiety or fear of certain staff or situations
- Emotional withdrawal
If you notice any of these signs of abuse or a related indicator of harm, contact Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, as soon as possible. Our firm can assist you in evaluating the circumstances surrounding your loved one’s care and advise you and your loved one on what steps are necessary to protect his or her rights.
Put Our Law Firm's Over 33 Years of Legal Experience to Work For Your Case!
If you suspect your loved one may have been the victim of nursing home abuse, the Albany Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, are here to help. For over 33 years, our firm has assisted accident and abuse victims across Georgia, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state.
No matter where you are located, our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.