Nursing home abuse occurs at a rate much higher than many people would expect. According to the National Institute on Aging (NIA), hundreds of thousands of seniors are abused each year. In fact, the Georgia Department of Human Services Division of Aging Services affirms that elder abuse is “one of the most underdetected and underreported crimes in the United States.”
If your loved one was the victim of nursing home abuse, the following weeks and months could be extremely difficult. You need to find them safe care (and possibly transfer them to a different facility), all while caring for their current and new medical or personal needs that arise. When you trust someone to provide care to your loved one and they do not do so, this can break your trust in the system.
Nursing home injuries are frequently associated with abuse, either in the form of physical abuse or neglect. If your loved one shows signs of injuries that are unexplained, this is a big red flag. It could be a clear sign that they were abused by their caretakers. This is a reason to investigate further.
If you are ready to get started, contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 842-6336 today for a free consultation with a member of our legal team. We are here to support you throughout the process.
How to Respond After Discovering a Nursing Home Injury
If you suspect that your loved one was abused in a nursing home or you have evidence of the abuse, you can take legal action to seek compensation in the civil court system with the help of an Atlanta nursing home injury lawyer. Hold the nursing home and its staff accountable for what happened to your loved one. This can help to protect other seniors from the same abuse.
Do Not Take the Statute of Limitations on Personal Injury Cases Lightly
In the state of Georgia, O.C.G.A. §9-3-33 states that the statute of limitations for personal injuries is generally two years from the date of the injury (or the date that you found out about the injury). This is the maximum length of time that many people have to file a civil lawsuit.
Should you wait until after two years pass, you will not be allowed to file a personal injury lawsuit against the staff member (or facility) responsible for the abuse.
Two years may seem like a long amount of time, but it goes by faster than most people realize. If you plan to seek legal action—or want to preserve it as a viable option for your family—it is a good idea to start the legal process with an Atlanta nursing home injury lawyer as soon as possible.
For a free legal consultation with a Nursing Home Injury Lawyer serving Atlanta, call (800) 794-0444
How Your Lawyer Will Help You and Your Family
Give you and your attorney the most amount of time possible to collect evidence, gather witness testimony, and file necessary legal paperwork. Since witnesses can move or pass away and evidence can be lost, starting the process as early as possible can have some advantages when it comes to building your legal case.
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We Will Determine Liability for Your Loved One’s Abuse
There are different types of nursing home abuse that cause injury. The ways that one person can hurt another are endless. No matter how your loved one suffered an injury, it might be possible to hold the other party accountable. Contact the office of a lawyer to learn more about the legal options that might be available to you in your lawsuit.
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We Will Investigate the Abuse
Investigating nursing home abuse is not always easy. If you suspect that your loved one’s injury was more than an accident, if they withdraw from social activities and change their behavior, you could be looking at a response to abuse.
The police can conduct a thorough investigation. Your nursing home injury lawyer can help gather evidence and conduct interviews with staff and other residents. If one resident is abused by a caretaker, it is possible that other residents face similar circumstances—or witness abuse occuring.
Depending on the specifics of what happened, there might be other ways to investigate the abuse and to uncover the information that you will need to prove your case.
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Potentially Recoverable Compensation in Your Nursing Home Abuse Case
Medical expenses are one reason to seek compensation after a nursing home injury. The victim may face added medical expenses related to their injury that they should not be held responsible for. Filing a lawsuit in the civil court system can potentially help you recover some of the medical expenses incurred as a result of the nursing home injury.
There are other types of expenses related to a nursing home injury that you might be able to recover, including:
- Mental health services
- The cost of relocating to another facility or ward within the facility
- Pain and suffering.
Your Atlanta nursing home injury lawyer can give you a better idea of what kinds of compensation you could expect to receive based on the circumstances in your individual case and what happened in similar cases. While there are no guarantees of compensation or that you will win your case, this can help set more realistic expectations.
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If your loved one was a victim of nursing home abuse, they could be entitled to compensation related to their injuries and pain and suffering. Contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 842-6336 for a free consultation with a member of our legal team for more information about your legal options.
You are not committing to legal action by accepting the offer of consultation, so you can get the answers you need to make an informed decision. We are here to help.
What Seeking Legal Action Will Necessitate
It is ultimately your decision about whether you want to pursue legal action. The process starts by filing appropriate legal motions with the court system. Obtaining a consultation with our firm can help you determine what to do next.