Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer in Atlanta
Helping Victims of Neglect and Abuse in Nursing Homes in Georgia
Most of us have aging parents who need more care than we can provide at home. Especially with our loved ones who have memory issues, it can be heartbreaking to have to entrust their care and well-being to others. When our loved ones are being neglected or abused, or we suspect that things are not right at their care facility, we often feel powerless.
At Hawkins Law, P.C., we understand your concern. Our Jackson nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys are here to help you get to the bottom of the issue and set things right. Not sure if we can help or what to do next?
We offer a free consultation so that you can understand your options and know how we can help. Call (601) 258-8330 to tell us the story.
Abuse & Neglect: What Is the Difference?
The terms abuse and neglect are often used interchangeably, but there is a difference.
- Nursing Home Abuse: Abuse is a purposeful act meant to cause harm or a callous, reckless disregard of the duty of care.
- Nursing Home Neglect or Negligence: Neglect is negligent treatment, such as failure to provide adequate food, shelter, or medical care. It can also mean isolating a person or failing to provide for their social needs. Sadly, there are times a loved one is not turned and repositioned enough and they develop bed sores, sometimes called pressure ulcers or pressure wounds, or decubitis ulcers. These wounds or bed sores are preventable in many cases and nursing homes are required to prevent them and keep them from becoming worse.
There are also cases involving falls where a loved one is not given the safety protections they deserve and they fall and break bones. These can be devastating injuries and can lead to much worse outcomes and even hasten or contribute to death.
When you suspect that staff is abusing or neglecting your mom, dad, spouse, or another family member or loved one, it’s important to take action as quickly as possible. You may have seen signs of abuse or neglect or just “get that feeling” that something is not right based on your loved one’s behavior or what they are telling you. It is important for us to take action ASAP and have proven over many years that our firm can help clients take action and get justice for their loved ones.
As an established firm for personal injury issues, including nursing home abuse cases and nursing home neglect cases – we offer experienced advice, counsel, and representation.
The Signs of Abuse & Neglect & What to Look for
Signs of nursing home abuse and neglect can be subtle or obvious. They can include your loved one:
- Exhibiting changes in behavior
- Not eating
- Showing signs of dehydration
- Having unexplained rashes, cuts, or bruises
- Suffering from bedsores/pressure sores from lying or sitting too long in one position
- Acting withdrawn or afraid or crying without reason or explanation
Not being clean or having their basic hygiene needs neglected – sometimes our loved ones are at the mercy of the nursing home staff for all of their basic needs including going to the bathroom, baths, getting dressed and the like.
It is painful to see your loved one helpless and vulnerable. It is up to you to take action to ensure the safety of your loved one. By contacting an attorney who will look into the matter, you may actually be preventing someone else from being harmed.
Let’s Talk About Helping Your Loved One Today
We know you are worried, sad, and possibly even overwhelmed at the prospect of what is happening or has happened, and we want you to get the answers you need to move forward. Our law firm helps families take action in cases of neglect and abuse in nursing homes in Georgia and Mississippi, from our offices in Jackson and Atlanta, and we offer free consultations. We accept injury claims on a contingency fee basis, so you pay no upfront attorney fees.
Cases against a nursing home in Mississippi and Georgia are governed by a two-year statute of limitations against a private nursing home and a one year statute of limitations against a public nursing home – that is a state or county facility. Statutes of limitations apply in all cases after which you will be barred from proceeding in court. Do not hesitate to seek consultation from our experienced attorneys.