As top nursing home lawyers Atlanta GA has to offer, we handle “elder neglect” cases. Elder neglect is when a staff member fails to meet his or her duty to care for an elderly person. Failing to give an elderly person food, water, or medical care is an example of elder neglect. Signs of neglect aren’t always easy to spot, but it doesn’t mean they’re not there. While our personal injury law firm is based in Georgia, we work with nursing experts and doctors across the country. One of the first steps we take when we are hired is hiring a nurse to review the client’s charts, nursing forms, and other state-required documents. We are looking to find evidence of neglect. That’s often how we catch abusers in the act.
Three of the most common consequences of neglect are malnutrition, bed sores, and dehydration. Malnutrition is when a person does not get enough food or enough of the right foods. In cases of elder neglect, staff members may withhold meals or refuse to help residents eat. Some facilities are understaffed, leaving just a few employees to make sure dozens of residents get enough food.