Nursing Home Abuse

Nursing Home Abuse

Our firm is committed to protecting the elderly from nursing home abuse and neglect. As the Baby Boomer generation ages into their retirement years, the population of nursing home residents is expected to double or triple by 2030 . All too often, nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities keep expenses low and profits high by understaffing their facilities and failing to adequately train and equip their nurses and certified nurse assistants (CNAs). Unfortunately, this pattern of chronic understaffing, under-equipping and under-training frequently results in serious injuries and the untimely death of the elderly residents.

Experience reveals that elderly patients are more vulnerable to injury. Worse yet, a fractured leg or hip is often the beginning of a domino effect that results in death within 6 to 8 weeks. Falls and transfer-drops are common sources of injury. In order to prevent injury, homes must adopt appropriate fall-precaution protocols, but, more importantly, homes must observe these protocols and adequately train and equip their clinical staff. Many residents have lost the capacity to bear their own weight and must be transferred (e.g., from bed to wheelchair and back again) through the use of mechanical lifts such as the Uno or Hoyer lifts. If not properly used, these lifts can seriously injure residents. The proper sling must be utilized and applied, and, in most situations, the transfer must be performed by two properly trained staff. A mishap during a transfer can easily lead to injury and, eventually, the untimely death of the patient.

Skin care is another vitally important area of concern. If immobile residents are not properly repositioned by nursing home staff at frequent intervals, pressure sores (a/k/a decubitus ulcers, pressure ulcers or bed sores) can spiral out of control and result in amputations and life-threatening infections.

To successfully hold the home responsible for its carelessness, the resident and their family will need a sophisticated, experienced and highly motivated attorney. Nursing homes are well aware of their exposure to financial liability. Consequently, they retain sophisticated law firms to assist them in avoiding this responsibility by hiding their assets inside of convoluted corporate structures and avoiding jury trials through arbitration provisions. The nursing home industry is highly regulated. If the family’s attorney is familiar with these regulations, they can be used as avenues to expose nursing home violations and to unveil the corporate shell game.

The rights of the injured resident should be pursued not only to compensate the victim and punish those who inflict careless injuries, but to protect the elderly residents of the future. Holding Georgia nursing homes accountable for depriving elderly patients of their last few precious years is an important safety objective, and our firm is proud to pursue it.

Our firm has extensive experience in these areas and has had great success with exposing corporate shell games, defeating arbitration provisions and motivating jurors to fairly compensate victims. We would be honored to assist you or your loved one in evaluating a potential claim of nursing home abuse or neglect.

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