Atlanta Nursing Home Elopement Lawyer
Learning that your loved one has been a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect can be devastating. Your first priority should be the safety of your loved one. You should also consider taking legal action against the nursing home and other at-fault parties — to get your loved one justice and prevent the abuse from happening to others.
Our Atlanta nursing home abuse lawyers at Hasner Law, PC, have over 80 years of combined legal experience. Our legal team aggressively pursues claims against long-term care facilities in Atlanta, GA, for elder abuse and nursing home neglect.
Let Our Atlanta Nursing Home Lawyers Help You with a Personal Injury Claim
When you place your loved one in a nursing home facility, you trust that the nursing home staff members will provide compassionate, skilled care for your family member. You do not expect that your family member will be allowed to leave the facility. This can put your loved one at risk of harm.
At Hasner Law, PC, our Atlanta nursing home elopement lawyers treat these cases very seriously. Allowing nursing home residents to wander off the facility is extremely dangerous. You may be entitled to damages for the nursing home’s lack of oversight.
When you hire our legal team, you can expect us to:
- Investigate how your loved one was allowed to leave the nursing home
- Determine how your loved one may have been injured or harmed by wandering and elopement
- Document damages and calculate the value of the claim
- File all insurance claims, complaints, and lawsuits necessary to protect your loved one’s legal rights
- Fight to get your family the maximum compensation for damages available for your case
Contact us today to obtain legal advice about a nursing home elopement case. Your first appointment with an Atlanta nursing home abuse lawyer is free of charge.
What is Nursing Home Elopement?
Wandering refers to a nursing home resident moving around the facility at will and without assistance. A resident elopes when the patient leaves the premises. The person simply walks out the door and leaves the nursing home.
Many seniors have a high risk for wandering or elopement. Some of the reasons why a senior may be prone to wandering or elopement include:
- The resident may forget where they are and try to “go home”
- They may become confused and wander or elope in search of food, drinks, friends, or a bathroom
- Patients with Alzheimer’s or Dementia often wander off
- Side effects from certain medications can cause a patient to wander around because they are confused
- Sleep problems can also cause a person to wander around the facility
- The patient believes they need to do something or go somewhere
- Changes in medications or being overly medicated could result in wandering or elopement
Nursing homes must take precautions to prevent residents from wandering or eloping. The nursing home is ultimately responsible for the safety and welfare of the residents.
What Should Nursing Homes Do to Address Concerns of Wandering and Elopement?
Nursing homes can be held responsible for wandering and elopement under the Nursing Home Reform Act.
Things that a nursing home can o to reduce the risk of injury or harm from elopement and wandering include:
- Develop comprehensive care plans for each patient based on that patient’s needs and health conditions
- Have safeguards in place to prevent patients from exiting the facility, including alarms on all side doors
- Monitor the front doors to ensure patients do not leave the facility
- Use night lights and have a circular floor plan
- Install keypads that protect against unwanted exit and change passcodes regularly
- Conduct headcounts and checks throughout the day
- Train staff members about how to reduce wandering
- Use ID bracelets and other forms of identification for patients who do wander
One of the most common reasons that patients wander or leave the premises is understaffing. There may not be enough staff members at a facility to check on patients throughout the day and night. Therefore, unattended patients may wander and try to leave the nursing home.
Dangers of Nursing Home Elopement and Wandering
When a nursing home patient is left alone to wander the facility, they could fall. If they leave the facility, numerous hazards could put them at risk of injury or death.
Potential consequences of wandering and elopement at a nursing home include:
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injury
- Lack of medication
- Exposure to extreme weather conditions
Elopement is preventable. If a patient is wandering and/or trying to leave the facility, the nursing home should discuss the situation with the resident’s family members and physicians.
Can I Sue the Nursing Home for Injuries Caused by Wandering and Elopement?
If the nursing home or staff members were negligent or committed intentional wrongdoing that harmed a patient, they could be liable for damages. First, however, you must prove that the nursing home was negligent, which may require an extensive investigation.
An Atlanta nursing home abuse lawyer can investigate the matter and advise you of your legal options for holding the facility liable for damages.
Schedule a Free Consultation With Our Atlanta Nursing Home Elopement Lawyers
It can be challenging to deal with your loved one leaving the nursing facility or wandering around the nursing home without supervision. Let our legal team fight this battle for you. Call now to speak with an Atlanta elder abuse attorney about your case.