You entrusted a nursing home to care for your parent or spouse. Instead, you now face the grim reality that your loved one is a victim of nursing home abuse.
A Decatur nursing home abuse lawyer has the resources to help nursing home abuse victims and their families recover compensation for this inexcusable behavior. Your first step is to get your loved one medical care and, if necessary, moved to a safe location. Then, it may be time to talk to the team at Ben Crump Law, PLLC, who can protect your loved one’s rights and pursue compensatory damages.
Call 800-959-1444 for a free, no-obligation case review at your home or by phone, whichever is more convenient.
Abuse and Neglect in Nursing Homes
Nursing home abuse happens for many reasons, including:
- Not enough staff for the number of residents.
- Insufficient training.
- Inadequate background checks.
- Failure to provide care according to accepted practices.
According to the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), more than 50 percent of nursing home staff acknowledged that they mistreated patients through physical violence, mental abuse, or neglect. Approximately one in three nursing homes nationwide have received a citation for violating federal standards.
Types of Nursing Home Abuse
There is something particularly disturbing about those who intentionally harm or neglect older people. These are our spouses, parents, grandparents, and other loved ones who now must rely on caregivers for care and comfort in their twilight years. A lawyer with Ben Crump Law, PLLC, can hold unscrupulous nursing homes accountable to pursue compensation and justice.
The most common types of nursing home abuse are:
- Physical abuse: Includes pushing, grabbing, shoving, hitting, restraining, pinching, and other purposeful physical violence.
- Sexual abuse: Consists of any sexual act that occurs without mutual consent and acknowledgment.
- Financial abuse: Comprises fraud, theft, or exploitation of any kind for financial gain.
- Emotional abuse: Might include verbal abuse (yelling, using obscene language) and emotional manipulation, harassment, or disregard for others’ feelings or mental well-being.
- Neglect: Consists of ignoring a patient’s call for help or withholding food, water, medicine, and other life needs.
Our law firm has helped many clients recover compensation and justice after suffering from the reckless or intentional acts of another party. We are ready to help you and your loved one. Please call our office today for a free case review.
For a free legal consultation with a nursing home abuse lawyer serving Decatur, call 800-712-9119
What We Do in a Nursing Home Case
Ben Crump Law, PLLC, has recovered millions of dollars in personal injury awards. Our legal team commits itself to get results. If we receive an offer to settle that is unacceptable, our Decatur nursing home abuse lawyers may take your case to trial.
Our attorneys can:
- Work with medical experts to ascertain the exact cause of your loved one’s injuries.
- Examine your loved one’s medical records, including medication and health history.
- Secure relevant information from the nursing home, including security videos, witnesses to the abuse, photographs, business records, and inspection reports.
- Take photos of your loved one’s injuries.
- Obtain copies of expenses, including estimates for lost or damaged personal property.
- Interview employees and residents of the nursing home.
We use this information to establish liability and valuate your damages. Most importantly, having Ben Crump Law, PLLC, on your side means having your rights protected and exercised. This gives you peace of mind so you can focus on your loved one’s health and well-being.
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Using Evidence to Show Liability
Nursing home abuse cases are part of personal injury law, and certain conditions must exist, including:
- Duty of care: The nursing home’s obligation to fulfill its contractual services to residents that includes a clean, safe place to live, nutritious meals, and freedom from violence or abuse.
- Breach of duty: The intentional or negligent failure to uphold this duty of care.
- Causation: This breach of duty caused injury, suffering, or loss of life.
- Damages: The economic and non-economic losses caused by physical or emotional injuries.
A Decatur nursing home abuse lawyer can collect evidence, testimony, and documentation to show how the nursing home is liable for your loved one’s suffering and damages.
Ways Nursing Homes Have Liability
You should report any nursing home that fails to protect its residents from harm. Nursing homes can have liability for abuse and neglect in many ways, including:
- Residents who suffer harm when the nursing home fails to conduct necessary background checks, including for criminal behavior.
- Residents hurt by other residents, or by guests of other residents.
- Residents injured by third-party providers who have a relationship with the nursing home.
You have only two years to file a personal injury lawsuit, according to Georgia statute O.C.G.A § 9-3-33. You might not want to delay contacting a lawyer about your legal rights.
Seeking Compensation for Your Loved One
You and your loved one should not have to pay for another party’s unscrupulous or negligent action. Our lawyers can seek compensation for your damages, which might include:
- Medical care and treatment
- Counseling, therapy, and rehabilitation
- Lifecare or domestic services
- Relocation and moving expenses
- Lost, stolen, or damaged property
- Pain and suffering
- Lost income for the time needed to care for your loved one
- Mental trauma
- Loss of companionship or consortium
Ben Crump Law, PLLC, has recovered more than $7 million in a wrongful death case. If your loved one died because of nursing home abuse or neglect, you might qualify for compensation.
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Call Today to Learn More About Your Legal Rights
You can count on the nursing home hiring a lawyer to defend their client and possibly prevent you from exercising your legal rights. Please call Ben Crump Law, PLLC, today to find out how a Decatur nursing home abuse lawyer could help you recover compensation and justice.
Call 800-959-1444 today for a free consultation with a member of our firm.