Nursing home neglect is not always as obvious as abuse. Whereas the latter often leaves visible signs, neglect can prove much more insidious. If you suspect a loved one is dealing with neglect in his or her nursing home, it is important to take swift action. Failure to intervene may result in serious or even fatal harm to your loved one.
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Staffing problems seem to be at the root of several issues facing nursing home residents in Georgia. Care facilities – even those that offer luxury accommodations – are chronically understaffed, leading some to become less rigorous in the hiring process.
Betty Perloe, a 92-year-old former nurse, passed while in the care of the upscale Somerby Senior Living facility in Sandy Springs. According to a lawsuit filed by her family, Mrs. Perloe passed after sustaining several ant bites resulting from an infestation in her room. Ross Perloe, the victim’s son, argues that an ant infestation, known about by the nursing home, was not dealt with properly, allowing Mrs. Perloe to sustain multiple painful and irritating ant bites over the course of several days.
To report nursing home abuse in Georgia, call the Georgia Department of Community Health’s Healthcare Facility Regulation (HFR) division at 800-878-6442. The HFR is “responsible for health care planning, licensing, certification and oversight of various health care facilities and services in Georgia.” When you suspect abuse or neglect is taking place in a nursing home, the HFR has the resources and authorization to investigate and make swift decisions regarding the health of
If you believe there are too many civil lawsuits in America, you are not alone. In fact. A recent poll found that 87% of Americans believe there are too many civil lawsuits, going so far as to call several of them “frivolous.” But here’s the problem: over the past 20 years, civil lawsuits have declined by 80%. And in this time, personal injury lawsuits have also helped save countless lives by holding negligent corporations accountable for their actions.
One in ten senior citizens will suffer abuse in their elder years. If you have a loved one in a nursing home, knowing how to identify signs of abuse is incredibly important. Sometimes, the only thing between serious or fatal injury and a nursing home resident is an attentive family member.
Governor Nathan Deal recently signed into law SB 406, amending Title 31 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, and enacting the "Georgia Long-term Care Background Check Program.” This act strengthens and standardizes the criminal background check process performed on potential employees of nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Georgia.
The nursing home abuse lawyers at Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance have a proven record of holding negligent and abusive caretakers accountable and helping families seeking to protect their loved ones get the justice they deserve. If your loved one is being neglected or abused in their care facility, call our Atlanta office at 404-948-4893 to schedule a free consultation and learn how we can help.
Nursing home abuse and neglect places the residents of long-term care facilities at risk for serious injury and death. To make this gross form of mistreatment even more tragic, many cases of elder abuse and neglect go unreported – often because signs of injury are missed.
Do you suspect a loved one is suffering from nursing home abuse or neglect? In this short video, our Atlanta nursing home abuse lawyer, Stephen Chance, discusses what to do if you believe mistreatment is occurring.