Reporting Abuse In Georgia Nursing Homes
An attorney can take strong legal action to protect your loved one
Nursing home abuse is one of the most reprehensible acts possible. Abusers prey on some of the most vulnerable people in our society, and too often, they're allowed to continue unchecked. For your family, the abuse or neglect of a loved one is a deeply personal betrayal - you trusted that facility to care for your loved one, and instead, they caused harm.
Remember, abuse in nursing homes is often part of a larger pattern, and your loved one may not be the only victim. That's why it's critically important to report the abuse right away. Here are some steps you should take if you see any warning signs of nursing home abuse or neglect:
Report the abuse to the nursing home's management. This can't be your only step, but it's a critical first step. Ask to speak with a supervisor or administrator at the nursing home and share your concerns. Make sure you document this conversation so that the nursing home can't later say they were unaware of the suspected abuse.
Contact the state agency that investigates abuse. In Georgia, the Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman investigates claims of nursing home abuse and neglect. You can use their website to locate the community ombudsman serving your area or file a formal complaint. (If you suspect a loved one who does not reside in a care facility has been abused or exploited, contact Adult Protective Services (APS), a division of the Georgia Department of Human Services.)
Call the police. Elder abuse is a serious crime in Georgia, and if you suspect your loved one may be a victim of a crime, the police need to be involved. Contact the local police in the town where the nursing home is located, and be sure to request copies of any reports or other documents they prepare.
Contact a nursing home abuse attorney. While state agencies play a very important role in investigating and addressing suspected abuse and neglect in nursing homes, it's important to remember that their priority is to handle the abusers, not to advocate for victims. The Law Office of George S. Johnson will be your advocate, seeking justice for your family. As your attorney, George S. Johnson will conduct his own investigation and fight for the compensation and closure you need.
We understand that you may be feeling confused and overwhelmed if you believe your loved one has been abused in a nursing home. That's why you need to reach out for help right away. Report the abuse and contact our law firm right away. We'd be honored to meet with you for a free, confidential consultation.