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Nursing Home Abuse Allegations in Georgia Underscore Dangers of Elder Abuse, Baron & Budd Reports
Atlanta Nursing Home Under Investigation for Alleged Mistreatment and Neglect
DALLAS (April 27, 2015) – Authorities in the Atlanta area are investigating a nursing home after family members alleged mistreatment and neglect of a female patient, the national law firm of Baron & Budd reports. According to a report on the website of WXIA-TV, the patient was a resident of the New London Health Center in Snellville, GA before being moved to a local hospice facility.
The station reported that the 77-year-old woman was taken to an emergency room with a 3-inch gash on her head, and when doctors examined her they found other wounds. She had been at the New London Health Center for several years after suffering a fall that rendered her unable to move or communicate. The laceration needed four staples to close, and doctors also found bleeding on the brain. In addition, doctors found the woman had a wound located on the back of her hand covered by a bandage that had not been changed for several days as well as a severe case of ingrown toenails.
According to the station’s news report, doctors asked staff members at the facility what had happened but they did not know the details. A detective with the Snellville Police Department said he had not seen such a case of apparent neglect in his 15 years on the force.
Unfortunately, cases like this are not at all uncommon. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported there were about 60,000 allegations of nursing home neglect or abuse in 2012. The agency also reported that at least one allegation was made against approximately 85 percent of nursing home facilities across the country that year.
“People put their faith in nursing homes to take proper care of their family members,” said Cary McDougal, shareholder of the national law firm of Baron & Budd. “When a facility fails to live up to that trust, it must be held responsible for the sake of their loved one and other nursing home residents.”
Family members are strongly urged to visit their loved ones in nursing homes often to make sure they are being treated properly. These are some of the signs that mistreatment could be occurring:
- A substantial decrease in the emotional or physical health of the patient.
- Broken bones, bedsores, cuts, black eyes or other signs of physical abuse.
- A delay in medical treatment, or a complete lack of treatment.
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The law firm of Baron & Budd, P.C., with offices in Dallas, Baton Rouge, Austin and Los Angeles, is a nationally recognized law firm with a nearly 40-year history of “Protecting What’s Right” for people, communities and businesses harmed by negligence. Baron & Budd’s size and resources enable the firm to take on large and complex cases. The firm represents individuals and government and business entities in areas as diverse as dangerous pharmaceuticals and medical devices, environmental contamination, the Gulf oil spill, financial fraud, overtime violations, deceptive advertising, automotive defects, trucking accidents, nursing home abuse, and asbestos-related illnesses such as mesothelioma.