When our loved ones enter nursing homes, they are often at their most vulnerable and require compassionate, attentive care. Unfortunately, all too often, many nursing homes fail to provide an adequate standard of care, causing pain and suffering to those who rely on them.
Our experienced attorneys are committed to pursuing justice for elderly victims of neglect and abuse. If someone you love has suffered at the hands of a trusted caregiver, please contact the Law Offices of Humberto Izquierdo, Jr., PC today online or at 770-888-8901 to schedule a free consultation. Our fully bilingual Spanish-speaking staff helps clients from Atlanta and Marietta, Georgia.
Nursing Home Neglect
Outright physical violence is not always necessary to cause severe physical harm. Neglect can cause a resident’s health to decline rapidly, often leading to permanent damage or possibly death. Even a lack of basic supervision can result in a fatal accident.
Neglect includes, but is not limited to, a failure to provide:
- Medical care
- Clean bedding and clothing
- Assistance with bathroom needs
- Adequate hydration
- Proper nutrition
- Protection from safety hazards
Due to fear or inability, nursing home residents rarely report neglect. Some victims don’t even recognize their own mistreatment. It is often up to loved ones to notice the signs of neglect and contact a qualified attorney.
Nursing Home Abuse
Neglect is not the only type of mistreatment your loved one may suffer while in a nursing home. While some injuries are caused by incompetence, poor attention or other unintentional causes, other cases involve direct, intentional abuse.
Abuse can manifest in many forms, some of the most common include:
- Mental or emotional abuse
- Physical abuse
- Sexual abuse
While direct abuse may be caused by a single caregiver acting alone, it is often facilitated by a lack of adequate supervision or employment screening practices.
Common Signs of Elder Abuse or Neglect
Many victims of elder abuse and neglect are unable to speak for themselves. That is why is is important that you are aware of the signs of mistreatment, and that you report nursing home neglect or abuse to an experienced attorney as quickly as possible.
Some common signs of abuse and neglect include:
- Unusual depression or lack of interest in activities
- Sudden emotional withdrawal or agitation
- Slips and falls, especially when they become more than an isolated incident
- Development of bedsores
- Unexplained bruises and other injuries
- Rapid weight loss
- Caretakers unable to provide adequate explanation for a patient’s condition
- Staff substituting strong medications or sedatives for supervision
Schedule Your Free Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect Consultation
Elder abuse cases are incredibly personal and emotionally difficult. You need a qualified attorney who can provide you with both compassion and diligence. When you contact the Law Offices of Humberto Izquierdo, Jr., PC, you will receive the personalized attention your case deserves.
Our attorneys work on a contingency-based fee structure, which means that unless your case is successful, you owe us nothing.
If you or someone you love has been injured while under the care of a nursing home in Atlanta or Marietta, Georgia, please contact us today online or at 770-888-8901 to discuss your case for free. Our entire bilingual Spanish-speaking staff is standing by and ready to help.