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Wrongful Death Lawsuits Based on Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

Posted on - Monday, October 17, 2016 under Nursing Home Abuse, Wrongful Death Wrongful Death Lawsuits Based on Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

The abuse of seniors in nursing homes and assisted living facilities is tragic, inexcusable, and sadly common. The consequences of elder abuse are profound, with seniors suffering from a wide range of serious physical, psychological or emotional trauma. But given the already vulnerable state of most nursing home residents, abuse and neglect by nursing home staff can easily result in death. In fact, research has revealed that seniors who are abused in some way are 300% more likely to die than those who have not experienced elder abuse.

If you have lost a loved one who was living in a nursing home and believes that the conduct of staff may have contributed to their death, your grief will be compounded by questions as to what happened and anger that a life that meant so much to you was extinguished by negligence or worse. Your loss and the trauma that follows may form the basis of a wrongful death suit against the facility if it was caused by nursing home abuse and neglect.

In a Georgia wrongful death lawsuit, the victim’s relatives – in the case of death caused by nursing home abuse, usually the adult children of the resident – seek damages for the losses they have suffered as the result of their loved one’s death. This is separate from any lawsuit that may be filed on behalf of the estate of the deceased, in which damages can be recovered for things like medical expenses and burial costs and any pain and suffering the victim suffered before death.

Damages in a Georgia wrongful death lawsuit are awarded for “the full value of the life of the decedent without deducting for any of the necessary or personal expenses of the decedent had he lived.” O.C.G.A. § 51-4-1(1).

The Parian Law Firm: Metro Atlanta Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers

If you have lost a loved one as a result of suspected abuse or neglect in a Georgia nursing home or assisted living facility, we can help you obtain justice on behalf of your loved one and obtain compensation for your loss from the facility, its employees, or its owner. Please give The Parian Law Firm in metro Atlanta a call at (770) 727-5550 or chat live online with a member of our staff today to discuss your situation. Additionally, report any incidents of nursing home abuse or neglect in Georgia to the Georgia Department of Community Health, Healthcare Facility Regulation, 1-800-878-6442 or http://dch.georgia.gov.