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Caregiver at Georgia facility arrested for elder abuse

In some abusive situations that result in personal injury, the injured party is unable to seek help alone. This may be especially true in cases of elder abuse.

An incident of alleged nursing home abuse was recently reported at a care facility in Chamblee, Georgia. The accused care provider was jailed on a charge of elder abuse and one count of simple battery. The 52-year-old worker was reportedly seen hitting an 83-year-old woman who suffers from Alzheimer's. The extent of the woman's injuries was not reported.

According to police, an unnamed witness, who is another caregiver at the nursing home, saw a fellow employee repeatedly strike the elderly resident. The witness had responded to hearing odd noises before observing the alleged abuse.

In the aftermath of the incident, the care facility -- UniHealth Post Acute Care -- said that the accused nurse’s license has already been revoked.

Too often, elderly patients suffer serious injuries at the hands of nursing home staff or other caretakers. Sometimes the injuries are permanent and even fatal.

Whatever form elder abuse takes -- it could be verbal, emotional, financial, neglectful or physical -- legal action on behalf of the injured party may be the surest way of protecting the victim and achieving justice. Any suspected occurrences of elder abuse deserve to be investigated. Don't hesitate to seek the help of a personal injury attorney with experience in this area of the law. Abusers and their employers may be held legally responsible for injuries suffered by a vulnerable adult.

Source: WSB-TV Channel 2, "Caregiver accused of abusing 83-year-old Alzheimer's patient," Amy Napier Viteri, April 24, 2014

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