If your loved one suffered injuries due to a facility’s neglect, you could have legal recourse. An Atlanta memory care facility accident lawyer from Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can advise you of your legal rights and potential avenues for recovering compensation.
Time Limits for Filing a Claim in Atlanta
You may have to act soon if you want to pursue justice and compensation for your loved one. According to Georgia Code §9-3-33, those wanting to file a personal injury lawsuit generally have only two years. Missing the deadline for filing a suit can potentially bar claimants from recovering any damages.
However, there can be other important benefits of acting in a timely manner. In order to have a chance at succeeding with a claim and recovering compensation, claimants will need to provide conclusive evidence of a facility’s negligence. Collecting the evidence straight after an accident happened will generally prove easier than trying to piece together events and finding eyewitnesses months or even years later.
Therefore, it is important that you seek legal advice as soon as possible after your loved one’s accident. An Atlanta memory care facility accident lawyer from our firm can advise you comprehensively and make sure that evidence does not simply disappear. They can also help you proceed with legal action.
The Cost of a Memory Care Facility Lawyer
When you are thinking of hiring one of our lawyers, the financial implications of doing so will undoubtedly play a role in your decision. Our attorneys handle personal injury cases on a contingency agreement. This can be beneficial for clients as there are no up-front attorney’s costs. In fact, if you lose your case, you will not have to pay us a dime even if we spent hours and days working on your case.
When you win a claim, we take a percentage of the final settlement payout or court award. We can discuss the details of this arrangement further when you contact our firm.
How Our Lawyers Can Support You
The attorneys from our firm aim to give you peace of mind throughout your case. Our attorneys will:
- Know the relevant laws and regulations concerning memory care facilities
- Have access to relevant expert witnesses in the field
- Have handled similar claims successfully
- Have experience of taking memory care facility claims to trial
- Listen to your concerns and answer your questions openly and honestly
Accidents in Memory Care Facilities
While residents in memory care facilities can potentially experience a variety of avoidable accidents, some of the most common reasons for injuries can be:
Slips and Falls
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls in the elderly do not only cause injuries and deaths but can also have a profound effect on the lives of older adults by reducing their ability to remain independent. Unfortunately, falls can cause serious, painful, and costly injuries such as hip fractures and brain injuries.
A memory care facility should minimize residents’ fall risks. If your loved one suffered a serious fall due to neglect or a dangerous condition on the property, you could potentially have a claim against the memory care facility. The facility could be liable for many reasons, including:
- Wet and slippery floors
- Inadequate lighting
- Cluttered walkways
- No anti-slip mats in showers and baths
- Administering medication improperly
- Not assisting residents when required
- Not providing mobility aids such as walkers and crutches
- Lack of supervision
Accidents Due to Elopement and Wandering
Memory care facilities provide housing for those vulnerable due to cognitive decline and dementia. As such, these facilities must ensure that residents are safe and supervised at all times. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, those who suffer from the disease commonly wander or elope with potentially devastating consequences.
Accidents that could happen when a patient with dementia wanders the facility or elopes altogether:
- Getting into an accident with a motor vehicle
- Suffering from hypothermia or heat stroke
- Falling or tripping
- Suffering injuries from dehydration and malnutrition
- Coming into contact with toxic chemicals
- Becoming a victim of crime
In the worst case, eloping and wandering could lead to the death of a vulnerable senior.
There can be many other accidents that potentially happen due to the negligence of the facility management or staff. When you place your relative into a memory care facility, you expect them to receive adequate care and attention. An Atlanta memory care facility accident lawyer from our firm could help you hold the facility to account if your loved one suffered harm in an avoidable accident.
How Pintas & Mullins Law Firm Can Help You Get Justice
Handling an accident claim on your own can be challenging and full of pitfalls. Memory care facilities typically have their own teams of lawyers that will fight any claims tooth and nail. You could be up against a team of attorneys who know how to minimize or discredit your claim.
However, you do not have to do this on your own. We can build a comprehensive case backed by solid research, evidence, and a deep understanding of the applicable laws and regulations. We have a track record of helping clients with similar cases recover fair settlements and could help you too.
Call Our Firm Today for a Free Case Review
Pintas & Mullins Law Firm wants to help fight memory care facility negligence and abuse and help those injured get the compensation they need and deserve. Call us now to find out whether you have a claim at (800) 842-6336. The sooner you call, the sooner we can start working for you.