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404-979-1325 | Roswell

478-745-7700 | Macon

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NURSING HOME MALPRACTICE AND ELDER CARE ABUSE

As the “baby boomer” generation reaches retirement age and improved health care allows more Americans to live longer, the difficult questions of who will care for our elderly citizens and how they will afford the cost of such care have permeated our national debate. Although most adult children would choose to care for their elderly parents at home if they could, the realities and responsibilities of modern life often preclude this. As a result, many elderly Americans who can no longer care for themselves are relying upon nursing homes and other long-term care facilities to provide such care. Depending on the level of care required, these institutions can range from an assisted living environment to full nursing home care.

Due to the fact that long-term care for the elderly is typically extremely expensive (well over $5,000 per month in many jurisdictions), the vast majority of residents go through most, if not all, of their assets in a matter of months and then become eligible for federal Medicaid benefits. This process is known “spending down.” Indeed, the cost of over 90% of nursing home residents is paid by Medicaid. As such, almost all nursing home facilities receive Medicaid funds.

Any facility which accepts Medicaid funds must also abide by government regulations setting minimum standards for the care of residents in such facilities. Many of these regulations are promulgated by the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) and are administered through the states. HCFA regulations set guidelines for the evaluation, care and treatment of residents, aimed at maximizing the quality of each resident’s daily life and minimizing abuse and neglect. Notwithstanding the requirements of HCFA, substandard care of residents has become an increasingly growing and troubling problem.

Lack of training, inadequate staffing, and failure to complete background checks often create situations that put nursing home residents at risk. However, it is not uncommon for incidents of elder abuse to go unreported. Many people are ashamed of being in a position where someone can take advantage of them. Some of the common signs of nursing home abuse include:

  • Assault & Battery
  • Bone Fractures
  • Broken Bones
  • Burns
  • Decubitus Ulcer
  • Dry Skin, Abrasions, or Unusual Bruising
  • Malnutrition or Dehydration
  • Open Wounds or Bed Sores
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sudden Changes in Behavior
  • Unexpected Weight Loss
  • Wandering Off the Premises
  • Withdrawn or Agitated Behavior

We have significant experience representing the interests of people that have suffered nursing home neglect and abuse. Our Macon nursing home abuse attorney, Wm. Gregory Dobson is a skilled trial attorney with over 20 years experience in litigating personal injury claims. We understand how to read nursing home charts and when the standard of care may have been breached. We are prepared to investigate any nursing abuse or neglect case through expert reviews by nurses or geriatric physicians.

We offer a free initial consultation and handle all our nursing home malpractice and elder abuse cases on a contingency bases. There is no fee for our legal services if we do not get compensation for our client’s injuries. Please contact Mr. Dobson at 478-745-7700 or email him at wgd@lddlawyers.com.

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