Yes. It is unlawful in Georgia to willfully inflict physical pain, physical injury, mental anguish, unreasonable confinement, or to deprive an elderly person of essential services.
Under Georgia law, family violence is also a crime. Family violence includes crimes between people who are related through blood or marriage. This includes battery, assault, harrasment, and unlawful restraint of elderly family members.
If found guilty, an abuser faces stiff fines and jail time of up to a year. In fact, a new Georgia law has toughened penalties for abusers and broadens the number of professionals required to report suspected abuse and neglect. In a recent study, the number of reported complaints of elderly abuse in Georgia rose over 65 percent between 2008 and 2012.
Every day, older adults and adults with disabilities are suffering from abuse, neglect, and exploitation; often by people they trust the most. Abusers may be nursing home staff, professionals, and administrators, spouses, family members, personal acquaintances.
If you suspect that your loved one has been abused at a Georgia nursing home, please do not hesitate to call and speak to one of our experienced trial lawyers today.