The elderly remain one of the most valuable assets of this country. However, everyday throughout the United States, Georgia, and middle Georgia, and Macon, the elderly are abused and neglected. Our elder abuse lawyers can help if you believe that your loved one has been mistreated while in the care of a commercial facility or nursing home.
The decision to place a loved one into an assisted living facility or a nursing home is often an agonizing decision for family members and it can also be a traumatic event for your loved one you decided to place in the care of one of those facilities. Every year millions of Americans are faced with the decision whether or not to place their parents or grandparents in a medical facility where their needs can be properly met on a day-to-day basis.
The people who do decide that an assisted living facility or a nursing home is the best option for their loved ones are trusting those who own and operate each facility with the safety of their loved ones. Far too often we trust caregivers to provide our loved ones with the same love and care that we provide them with, however that is rarely the case. There have been many examples of nursing home abuse that has caught the eye of the media and made headlines for a day or two but the few stories that make the news are just the tip of the iceberg.
Nursing home abuse is becoming and epidemic across America. More than 3 million Americans currently reside in assisted living or nursing homes and this number will continue to grow, population projects show that the number of people over the age of 65 will double from today’s rate by the year 2030. In a study conducted by the National Center on Elderly Abuse, over half of the people living in these facilities reported being abused, neglected or witness the abuse or neglect of a fellow patient. Currently, physical abuse is the most common reported type of elderly abuse, however, Americans in these facilities may also suffer from mental, emotional and sexual abuse. Do not stand by and allow your loved one to be taken advantage of by those you trusted most to take care of them. If you believe your loved one may be a victim of elderly abuse and you are looking for help in taking the next step to protect your loved one and retrieve damages they so rightly deserve The Sessions Law Firm can help.
Signs Your Loved One May Be Getting Abused in Their Nursing Home or Assisted Living Facility
Physical Abuse may entail:
- Bruises or cuts
- Ripped or bloodied clothing
- Unexplained broken bones
Emotional Abuse may entail:
- Yelling and screaming
Neglect may entail:
- Lack of care considering their medications
- Soiled clothing or bed
- Unhealthy living conditions
Sexual Abuse may entail:
- Bleeding around the genital or anal area
- Venereal disease
- Bloody undergarments
- Bruises around the breast/genital region
Financial Exploitation may entail:
- Exploitation of checks, accounts, or credit cards
- Stolen money, checks, or belongings
- Forge signatures
- Authorization of withdrawals or transfer of money
- Identity Theft
If you believe a loved one has suffered abuse or neglect while in an assisted living or nursing home you may have a legal claim to damages. Please contact us at: