FAQ About Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
Answers to your questions from the law firm with healthcare expertise
If you are dealing with a nursing home abuse and neglect injury or illness in Georgia, you have a lot of questions. What should you do if you suspect abuse? Who should you contact? What are your rights? Finding accurate answers to these questions can often be a challenge. Even knowing what your rights are might not be clear. That’s why we want to help.
Our Georgia nursing home abuse attorneys at Kurle Justus, LLC have years of experience handling complex cases. We thoroughly understand the state and federal laws governing these violations. One of our lawyers even worked in the healthcare field for 10 years before becoming an attorney. You can rely on us for the facts you need to make informed decisions.
What is your nursing home abuse and neglect question?
Below, you will find the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about nursing home abuse and neglect in Georgia. If you don’t see your specific question, don’t worry. Even if you do, we strongly encourage you to contact our law firm to discuss your potential case. That’s because every nursing home abuse and neglect case often has its own unique challenges. That’s why our law firm wants to develop a strategy that suits your specific needs.
- How do I know if abuse or neglect is taking place?
- What can I do if I suspect nursing home abuse or neglect?
- Should I call the police if I suspect nursing home abuse or neglect?
- Who investigates nursing home abuse or neglect complaints in Georgia?
- How much time do I have to report nursing home abuse or neglect in Georgia?
- Should I accept a settlement offer from the nursing home for my abuse or neglect claim?
- Should I talk to the nursing home’s insurance company if they contact me about my family member’s nursing home abuse or neglect injury?
- Why should I hire a Georgia nursing home abuse lawyer?
Understand your legal rights. Contact our Georgia nursing home abuse lawyers.
The stakes can often be very high when it comes to nursing home abuse and neglect cases. Your loved one’s health and safety could be at risk. The financial toll of such an injury or illness can also add up fast. If you don’t take legal action, however, your family may end up having to pay your loved one’s medical bills and injury or illness-related expenses.
Your case is about more than just money. It’s about holding the nursing home accountable for its actions. It’s about helping your family put an end to your loved one’s suffering. It’s about making sure similar abuse or neglect doesn’t happen again. It’s about justice.
Get the support your family deserves. Contact our law firm and schedule your free case evaluation with a Georgia nursing home abuse lawyer who cares. We can meet with you in our Decatur office, virtually via video chat or wherever works best for you.
How do I know if abuse or neglect is taking place?
There are often many warning signs of nursing home abuse and neglect. In general, it’s important to trust your instincts. If something seems wrong with your family member, take action. This includes if they’re suddenly sick or have a serious, unexplained medical issue. Make sure they get medical care right away. Then contact our law firm. We can help you every step of the way.
What can I do if I suspect nursing home abuse or neglect?
There are many things you can do if you suspect nursing home abuse or neglect. First, you should make sure your family member gets immediate medical care. Their health and well-being could be at risk. You should then tell the nursing home you think your loved one is being abused or neglected. And as soon as possible, contact our law firm. We can help you hold the nursing home accountable for its actions.
You can also learn more about what to do on our page focusing on how to report nursing home abuse in Georgia. The bottom line is we can help you and want to meet with your family as soon as possible.
Should I call the police if I suspect nursing home abuse or neglect?
Yes. Even if you’re not sure if a crime has taken place, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. If a crime has taken place at the nursing home, it’s important for the police to begin their investigation as soon as possible. Any delay could result in evidence being destroyed, accidentally or intentionally, by the nursing home. Without evidence, you might have a hard time building a strong legal case against the nursing home.
Who investigates nursing home abuse or neglect complaints in Georgia?
In Georgia, the Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman investigates allegations of nursing home abuse or neglect. Local police may also be part of the investigation. As your attorney, we can conduct a thorough, independent investigation to make sure your family’s needs and concerns come first.
How much time do I have to report nursing home abuse or neglect in Georgia?
The deadline for filing a complaint or taking legal action involving nursing home abuse or neglect in Georgia is two years in most cases. That deadline (known as the statute of limitations) might seem like a long time, but the longer you wait to report abuse or neglect, the harder it can be to find the evidence that matters in your case. Also, if you decide to wait, the abuse or neglect may continue – putting your loved one and other nursing home residents at risk. Take back control. Report the abuse. Then, contact us. We can help.
Should I accept a settlement offer from the nursing home for my abuse or neglect claim?
While it may be tempting to accept a settlement offer for your nursing home abuse or neglect claim, the reality is that these offers often don’t come close to covering all your expenses. Medical bills can add up fast, and your family member may even need additional medical care in the future. Once you accept a settlement offer, you often cannot ask for more money in the future. That’s why it’s important to carefully consider such an offer before accepting it. Our attorneys can review your settlement offer with you and advise you on whether we think you should accept it or not. We have your best interests at heart and want to help you.
Should I talk to the nursing home’s insurance company if they contact me about my family member’s nursing home abuse or neglect injury?
No. Do not talk to the nursing home’s insurance company if they contact you. Their questions might sound straightforward, they’re simply searching for information they can use to reduce or deny your injury claim. There’s often a lot of money at stake, especially when it comes to medical expenses related to nursing home abuse or neglect. That’s why you should not answer their questions. Simply tell them to talk to us. We know the games they often play and understand how to deal with them effectively on your behalf.
Why should I hire a Georgia nursing home abuse lawyer?
There are so many reasons why you should have an experienced Georgia nursing home abuse attorney on your side. The main reason why is your lawyer simply works for you. They don’t work for the state or an insurance company. Your attorney is focused on making sure your family’s rights come first. Your attorney can make sure you loved one’s needs are not overlooked and they get the attention they deserve. Learn more about how a nursing home abuse lawyer can help you. Talk to an attorney at Kurle Justus, LLC. We can be your family’s voice for justice in Georgia.