Personal Injury Attorneys
As our population ages, more people are entering nursing homes and assisted living facilities. For most people, it is a difficult decision to place their aging parents in an elderly care facility. But unfortunately, many seniors require supervision and assistance around the clock and a working adult is just not able to do it themselves. The Berry Law Group understands these situations and that's why we feel very strongly about fighting nursing home abuse. When you place a loved one in a nursing home or assisted living facility, you are trusting the staff to treat them well. If that trust is betrayed and you suspect abuse or negligence, you may not be sure what to do next, should you get a Personal Injury Lawyer?
Do I Need A Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer?
Many elderly and disabled residents of nursing homes require assistance with their everyday activities like bathing, dressing and even standing up. If they do not have the help that they need, they can risk injury or even death. In many cases, we've seen injuries and signals of abuse such as:
- Bed Sores
Seniors in nursing homes can be victims of neglect or abuse. If you suspect your loved one is being abused by nursing home staff, call The Berry Law Group right away. Neglect happens when staff fail to give the patient the proper care and attention they need in things such as meals, personal hygiene, using the restroom and getting exercise. This can be physically and emotionally damaging and in extreme cases can lead to bed sores, malnutrition and dehydration. If an elderly patent is left unsupervised, they may attempt activities that they cannot handle unassisted like standing and walking to the bathroom. This is when falls take place. To make matters worse, if they are not found immediately after a fall, injuries can be even worse!
If a nursing home patient is abused, injuries may be harder to identify. Sadly there are cases every year that involve nursing home staff abusing patients by hitting them or overmedicating them. There are even instances of verbal and emotional abuse. These cases are very unfortunate and your loved ones should not have to endure such cruel treatment.
Why Does Elder Abuse Happen?
Most long-term elderly care facilities are for-profit entities. This means that their chief concern is making money. Far too often these companies save money by cutting back on staff or hiring less qualified care workers at lower rates of pay. As a result, the elderly patients do not always receive the care and attention they need.
Care workers who are not properly trained for the job and are over worked may be more likely to neglect their patients.
The Georgia Elderly Neglect Lawyers
The lawyers at The Berry Law Group, LLC know how hard it is leaving your loved ones in the hands of a nursing home or elderly care facility. If you suspect elderly abuse or neglect, call us immediately.