What you Need to Know About Nursing Home Law

If you or your loved ones have been the victims of nursing home negligence or abuse, you may not know where to turn for advice. At Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP, in Atlanta, Georgia, we pride ourselves on representing clients who have been abused by a nursing home or assisted care facility.

Nursing home or elder abuse can take many forms, including:

  • Dehydration
  • Malnutrition
  • Bed sores
  • Physical injuries
  • Bruises
  • Errors dispersing medication

Understanding Nursing Home Law

Here are a few important things you need to know about nursing home law that many assisted care facilities will not tell you. Take these into consideration when you feel you or your family member has been wronged by a nursing home or other such facility:

  • Federal law permits families and patients to assist in developing a care plan, which includes nursing home staff making reasonable adjustments to a plan to comply with the specific needs of patients. If a facility has told you that you have no rights to determine certain aspects of the care you or your loved one receive, consider contacting Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP and let us provide a free consultation to advise you on the next steps to take.
  • Nursing homes may try to manipulate family members into signing a €œresponsible party’€ clause without adequately explaining what the term means. This clause essentially states that the family of a patient is financially responsible for their administered care in the event that the patient cannot provide adequate funds. This is legal under federal and state law, but not informing the responsible party of their financial obligation is not, so be weary of this terminology in any admission agreement you sign for your family member.
  • Many nursing homes will try to evict €œdifficult’€ residents when demand for nursing home beds outstrips supply. Eviction is legally only allowed for the following reasons: failure to pay for care, a patient is deemed fit to no longer require assisted living, a patient’€™s needs cannot be met at the facility, a resident is endangering the health and safety of others, or if the facility is going out of business. Facilities must provide written notice of eviction, often within 30 days of discharge, along with evidence to support their decision.

Reach Out to Our Law Team for Advice on Nursing Homes & Elder Abuse Cases

If you or your loved one has been abused in any of these or other ways by a nursing home, contactMoraitakis & Kushel today at 404-445-1411 or 1-800-688-2357 to have our nursing home law specialists evaluate your case and get you and your family compensated for any pain and suffering you may have endured.