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Augusta Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer

Many families trust nursing homes to care for their elderly loved ones. Nursing homes are meant to be a place where seniors who can no longer care for themselves can receive the assistance they need. Unfortunately, it is possible for nursing home residents to experience abuse and neglect at the hands of their caregivers. If you or someone you love is the victim of nursing home neglect or abuse, contact an Augusta nursing home abuse lawyer immediately.

Nursing homes are responsible for individuals who are extremely vulnerable, and are therefore held to a high standard of care. The federal Nursing Home Reform Act (NHRA) of 1987 states that all nursing homes that receive Medicare or Medicaid funding must maintain facilities that are safe for their residents. Additionally, federal regulations require that all nursing home residents, regardless of their Medicare or Medicaid status, be free from verbal, mental, physical and sexual abuse.

Furthermore, the residents of nursing homes have the right to privacy, the right to make complaints against the nursing home without discrimination and the right to be treated with dignity. No nursing home resident can be discharged or transferred without prior notification and a valid reason for the transfer. Nursing home residents are allowed to choose their own activities and physicians, and are are also allowed to understand their financial situations.

Forms of Elder Abuse in Augusta

Elder abuse can occur in many forms, whether it is physically, emotionally or financially:

  • Malnutrition and starvation
  • Dehydration
  • Infections
  • Pressure sores, including bed sores
  • Broken bones and fractures
  • Assaults and physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Falls due to lack of assistance or dangerous conditions
  • Wrongful death
  • Loss of personal property
  • Recent changes to wills, trusts or deeds
  • Frequent withdrawals from bank accounts

If nursing home staff prevents you from visiting with your loved one, or will not let be alone with your loved one, it may be a sign that neglect or abuse has occurred. If medical professionals cannot explain changes in behavior or how any injuries happened, you should investigate whether your loved one is being cared for properly. If a nursing home failed to abide by state and federal regulations, and this resulted in the neglect or injury to your loved one, then you may have a claim against the nursing home.

Medical Malpractice Defense in Augusta, GA.

Troy A. Lanier, P.C., offers free initial consultations, and is available for after-hours appointments. Contact us at 800-511-7984 to schedule your consultation with an Augusta Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer.

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Troy A. Lanier, P.C.
453 Greene Street
Augusta, GA 30901
Phone: Toll-Free: 800-511-7984 | 706-550-1941
Fax: 706-724-6064
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P.O. Box 2426
Augusta, GA 30903

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