For older people like nursing home residents, it is true that bruises can happen because of simple mistakes and relatively light impacts compared with younger people. However, you should always trust your instincts, especially if you suspect that your loved one is suffering bruises, cuts, or burns from the negligence of nursing home staff.
At Pintas & Mullins Law Firm, our priority is to protect vulnerable people like nursing home residents, who have civil rights pertaining to their dignity and independence. If you suspect your loved one is suffering from unnecessary injuries, one of our lawyers might be able to help. Get started on working with an Atlanta unexplained bruises, cuts, or burns lawyer today by calling.
About Unexplained Injuries
Whenever your loved one or their caretakers are unable to explain an injury, it is important to consider the reason that you are not getting the full picture. According to the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), elders who are abused have a 300% higher chance of dying.
It is also important to remember that when your loved one cannot speak to the cause of unexplained bruises, cuts, or burns, there could be more than one form of abuse happening. Your loved one could be afraid to speak up against the perpetrator of the abuse, fearful of potential retaliation, or conditioned to believe that they deserve abusive treatment.
There can be a lot of unknown in nursing home abuse cases, which is why working with a lawyer can help you navigate the nuances of your case. Contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm to reach a member of our team. An Atlanta unexplained bruises, cuts, or burns lawyer can represent you.
Legal Options for Physical Nursing Home Abuse
Making a legal claim is an excellent start to helping your loved one feel well again after nursing home abuse. Of course, if the abuse is an emergency situation, your first steps should be to mitigate the risk of immediate impact or injury by reporting it to the police, or Georgia’s Division of Aging Services’ Adult Protective Services.
Next, contacting a lawyer can help to ensure that the right people are held accountable for their negligent and abusive actions. The following are examples of cases you could file against the nursing home.
Personal Injury Nursing Home Abuse
If your loved one has unexplainable bruises or cuts on their body from the neglect or abuse of someone in a nursing home, you might be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the facility.
Personal injury cases may arise after nursing home abuse leads to increased costs of medications, increased doctor’s visits, emergency room trips, and medical equipment. In Georgia, you have up to two years from the date of the injury to file a claim.
Wrongful Death Nursing Home Abuse
If your loved one died as a result of their unexplained injuries in a nursing home, you might be eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit on their behalf. This would cover extraneous medical bills, funeral costs, burial costs, and potentially other financial benefits. The statute of limitations for a Georgia wrongful death claim is up to two years from the date of your loved one’s death.
Remember that, in any case, the claim you build with a lawyer will come down to the facts. If someone else was liable for your loved one’s unexplained injuries, you should not bear the burden of the extra costs, nor the process of filing a legal claim alone. Contact a law firm at your earliest convenience to review your case under state and federal elder abuse laws.
For a free legal consultation with an unexplained bruises or cuts or burns lawyer serving Atlanta, call (800) 842-6336
How a Lawyer Can Help Your Unexplained Injuries Case
It is understandable if, after suddenly increased fees from your loved one’s injuries, you are hesitant to begin working with a lawyer. The cost alone can seem more trouble than your case is worth.
Do not worry about payment because Pintas & Mullins Law Firm works on a contingency fee basis. That means we do not get paid until you get the settlement you are entitled to. Here are some of the ways working with one of our lawyers can help you:
- Organize your case with state and federal laws: Our lawyers can navigate state and local legislation to hold the liable parties accountable for your loved one’s unexplained injuries. We can file a case to hold negligent and abusive caretakers liable and try to ensure that they do not have the privilege of working with beloved family members in the state again.
- Collect Evidence: It can be tricky to navigate the laws of permissible evidence in a nursing home abuse case. Fortunately, our lawyers can comb through your case, making sure to present evidence in a way that proves liability beyond any reasonable doubt, and connects the pieces of your case together.
- File your Claim: The administrative side of legislation can get complicated. Our lawyers can file the adequate paperwork that you need, contacting any additional parties needed to bolster your case.
- Negotiate a settlement: Perhaps most importantly, our lawyers can seek to file a claim that benefits you, your loved one, and your rights to the fullest extent possible. If we cannot reach a settlement amount outside of court, our lawyers will take your case to trial and fight for you until you get what you deserve.
An Atlanta unexplained bruises, cuts, or burns lawyer from Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can work to defend your loved one’s rights while easing the burden of the litigation process. You do not need to deal with a complicated nursing home abuse legal battle alone. Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm when you are ready to discuss the details of your case .