What are different types of nursing home abuse and neglect cases?
Don’t let your loved one suffer in silence
Nursing home abuse and neglect cases in Georgia can cover a wide range. From not caring for someone living in a nursing home to physically abusing them, nursing home neglect and abuse often results in serious injuries or illnesses. When this happens, it’s critical that families take strong legal action to hold the nursing home accountable for its actions.
Our experienced Georgia nursing home abuse attorneys at Kurle Justus, LLC can help you every step of the way. Our lawyers have years of experience handling cases in Decatur and throughout Georgia. One of our attorneys even worked in the healthcare field for 10 years before becoming a lawyer.
As a result, we bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to every nursing home abuse and neglect case we handle at our law firm. We know what evidence to look for when investigating these cases. We know what questions to ask. Your loved one does not have to suffer in silence. We can be your voice for justice and make sure they get the attention they deserve.
What are common nursing home abuse cases?
Nursing home abuse cases in Georgia can cover a wide range. Some of the most common – and most serious – nursing home abuse cases we deal with at our law firm include:
Whatever type of nursing home abuse case your family is dealing with, we can help you hold the nursing home accountable for its actions.
What are common nursing home neglect cases?
Nursing home neglect cases can be challenging. That’s because nursing homes often deny doing anything wrong. Our highly trained attorneys know what to look for and have extensive experience dealing with a wide range of nursing home neglect cases, including:
- Poor hygiene
- Medication errors
- Contaminated food
- Failure to monitor patients
Is this what happened to your loved one? Or are you dealing with a different type of nursing home neglect case? Whatever the circumstances of your loved one’s injury or illness, you can count on us to stand up for your rights.
Our Georgia nursing home abuse attorneys put your needs first. Contact us.
The stakes can be very high when it comes to nursing home abuse and neglect cases. It isn’t just the medical bills for your loved one’s treatment. Their health and well-being could be at risk in the future due to neglect or abuse that has already occurred in the nursing home.
That’s why we take these cases so seriously. We understand your case is about more than just money. It’s about holding nursing homes accountable for their actions. As your attorney, you can count on our law firm to vigorously fight for your family’s rights.
Get the support you need and deserve. Contact us and schedule your free case evaluation with Georgia nursing home abuse attorneys who put your needs first. We’re familiar with the warning signs of nursing home abuse and neglect. We know what to look for and we’re prepared to do the work that needs to be done to do the job right. Schedule an appointment with Kurle Justus, LLC. We can meet with you in our Decatur office, in a hospital room, in your home, virtually via video chat or wherever works best for you.
One of the most common and most serious forms of nursing home abuse is physical abuse. This can include hitting, beating, or slapping a nursing home resident. This physical abuse can result in broken bones, bruises, and internal injuries. The unnecessary use of physical restraints can lead to muscle weakness and loss of mobility. Whatever type of physical abuse happened to your loved one in a nursing home, our team of attorneys can investigate what happened and work with you to hold them accountable for your loved one’s abuse.
Nursing home staff members sometimes yell at residents or verbally taunt them. Other times, they might ignore other residents who bully or taunt fellow nursing home residents. Either way, the emotional and psychological harm caused by verbal abuse is real. That’s why it’s important to talk to an attorney at our law firm to learn more about your legal rights.
Rape and sexual assault of nursing home residents sadly occurs far more often than many people might realize. Sometimes, it’s staff members who sexually assault residents. Other times, nursing homes do not conduct background checks and allow dangerous sexual predators to live in a nursing home and sexually assault fellow residents. When this happens, it’s important that your family takes strong legal action to hold the nursing home accountable.
Psychological abuse of nursing home residents can cover a wide range – from staff members making fun of residents to verbally taunting or teasing them. The emotional harm and distress caused by psychological abuse is real, and our nursing home abuse attorneys can be your family’s voice for justice.
Nursing homes sometimes take advantage of residents, especially residents who might be less aware of their financial matters. Nursing homes sometimes overcharge or double charge for services. They might even charge for services they don’t provide or simply steal money directly from your loved one. Whatever type of financial exploitation has occurred at your loved one’s nursing home, we can help you take a stand and demand the justice you deserve.
Nursing homes need to make sure they properly care for their residents. Nursing homes have a responsibility to keep your loved one clean and hygienic. This includes washing and bathing them regularly and making sure their sheets and bedding are clean. Unfortunately, some nursing homes fail to regularly perform these tasks. As a result, your loved one could develop an infection, bed sores, tooth decay or other health problems due to poor hygiene. When this happens, you can count on our law firm to be your voice for justice for your family.
Nursing homes need to feed residents healthy and nutritious food. Unfortunately, some nursing homes try to save money by giving residents unhealthy food or barely feeding them at all. When that happens, your loved one can dangerously lose weight, experience organ failure and other serious health problems. Your loved one has rights. We can fight for them and investigate your malnutrition case.
Elderly nursing home residents need to drink enough water. Otherwise, they can suffer from severe dehydration, which can result in health problems ranging from organ failure to seizures and heatstroke. Unfortunately, some nursing homes don’t provide residents with enough water, accidentally or sometimes even intentionally. Either way, it’s our job to hold them responsible and be your family’s voice for justice.
Medication errors in nursing homes can have serious and life-threatening consequences. Sometimes, nursing homes give residents the wrong medication. Other times, they give them the wrong dosage or forget to give them their medication altogether. There is also the risk of overmedication, which can result in serious health issues. Whatever type of medication error you’re dealing with involving a nursing home, you can count on our legal team to investigate your claim and stand up for your family’s rights.
Expired food, contaminated meat and decayed food can cause serious health problems, including infections, severe diarrhea, and serious long-term health problems. Food-borne diseases are often due to dangerous bacteria in food. If your loved one had to be hospitalized or has experienced serious health problems due to contaminated food, our dedicated legal team can defend your family’s rights and demand the justice you deserve.
Nursing homes need to carefully monitor residents to make sure they’re not sick or ill or experiencing any serious health problems. In addition, residents who stay in the same position for hours or longer can develop painful bedsores (also called pressure sores or pressure ulcers). Some residents become injured due to unsafe wandering inside or outside the facility. Wheelchair injuries can happen when the wheels are left unlocked or residents are left unsupervised and fall out of the chair.
Bedsores are painful injuries that develop on the skin after long periods of pressure. Residents who spend a lot of time sitting or lying in the same position are at a high risk of these injuries. In a stage I bedsore, the skin gets red or discolored. If no preventive action is taken, they can progress to stage II – the skin is broken and a shallow wound develops. In stage III, the wound has cut through all layers of skin and fatty tissue is exposed. In a stage IV bedsore, there can be extensive damage to tissue. Staff members need to be aware of the risk of bedsores, prevent them by moving residents into different positions frequently, and treating existing sores promptly. We hold negligent facilities accountable.
This is a complication that can occur when a resident experiences a severe infection. The body releases chemicals into the bloodstream to fight the infection. This can result in inflammation throughout the body, leading to tissue damage, organ failure and even death. The symptoms of sepsis include fever, difficulty breathing and loss of appetite. These are also symptoms of other illnesses, so sepsis is sometimes misdiagnosed. It’s important for doctors to consider the possibility of sepsis and order the appropriate tests, which may include kidney tests, liver tests and a white blood cell count (WBC) differential. It’s also critical for nursing home staff to monitor residents and refer them to a doctor if necessary. We fight for the rights of residents who were not properly diagnosed and treated.