A recent article in the Gwinnett Daily Post detailed the findings of a national study of health code violations in nursing homes. According to the story, the study was conducted by Kaiser Health News and it found that nationally 74% of nursing homes have been cited for infection control lapses. Fortunately, that number is only 43% for nursing homes in the State of Georgia. One concern from the story for nursing home residents is that while nursing home patients are more vulnerable to infection than other patients, the staffing models are geared toward traditional long-term care and not necessarily the elderly.
Infections in nursing homes can have devastating effects on patients. Though the Georgia rate for violations is below the national average, the number is still just under half of nursing homes with these issues. If a patients suffers from an infection in a Georgia nursing home, the facility may be liable. Nursing homes have a duty to maintain the proper standard of care, which would include complying with the Georgia Department of Community Health's standards. A Georgia personal injury attorney can investigate to determine if a claim or lawsuit is viable.
If you or a loved one have suffered an infection or injury in a Georgia nursing home in metro Atlanta or anywhere in Georgia, please contact Gwinnett County based injury lawyer Richard Armond at (678) 661-9585 for a free consultation.
Attorney Richard Armond of The Armond Firm, LLC, handles serious personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout metro Atlanta and the State of Georgia. He is licensed to practice law by the State Bar of Georgia and is based in Lawrenceville, one mile down the road from the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center. Call him today for a free consultation at (678) 661-9585. The information above is for informational purposes only as of the date of publication and should not be relied upon as legal advice, nor does the reading of it form an attorney-client relationship. Always consult directly with an attorney for legal advice.