Atlanta Personal Care Home Negligence Lawyers
Many—but not all—personal care homes in Georgia are tantamount to fraudulent criminal enterprises. Promises are made to residents and their family members about the quality of care that will be provided for exorbitant prices, yet there’s no intention of ever providing the level of care sold to the resident. Instead, poorly trained (if trained at all) staff members, almost all of whom are unfamiliar with (or entirely unaware of) Georgia’s rules and regulations governing personal care homes are hired by the facility to merely watch the residents. A lawyer recently defending a personal care home in a lawsuit brought by our firm recently acknowledged, “We are just glorified babysitters,” a stunning admission that evidences the way personal care homes truly operate.
Many times, a corrupt deal is struck between a personal care home and a third-party home health or hospice corporation to provide services to the resident for the sole purpose of keeping the resident in the personal care home even though he or she is no longer appropriate for that type of setting. This financial arrangement financially benefits the personal care home and the outside healthcare provider, but not the resident. And when the resident ultimately deteriorates (often as a result of horrific bedsores and pressure injuries due to substandard care), the personal care home and the third-party provider either blame each other, or unite in their defense and blame the resident and/or the resident’s family.
Like many assisted living facilities, too many personal care homes in Georgia are despicable operations that essentially steal money from residents and their families while providing a level of care that’s shockingly negligent. Davis Adams is committed to continuing to hold these facilities responsible for their awful misconduct.
What is the statute of limitation for personal care home negligence?
Generally, the statute of limitation for personal care home negligence in Georgia is two years from the date of the negligent care. However, certain circumstances can extend the statute of limitation (for example, when the malpractice victim is a small child, or when key information is concealed and later discovered). Other scenarios can involve shorter time periods within which a case must be pursued (for example, when the negligent provider is employed by a government entity, which can trigger claim notification deadlines as short as six months from the date of the negligent care). Further, some specific types of malpractice, such as when a foreign object is left inside a patient after a surgery, have unique statutes of limitation (for foreign objects, it’s one year from the date the object is discovered).
And to make matters more confusing, medical malpractice cases, including personal care home negligence, are also subject to a five-year statute of repose. This is intended to be a “final deadline,” beyond which a medical malpractice claim cannot be filed for any reason. But it doesn’t always work that way; their are some exceptions.
So, the best answer: it depends. And our best guidance: don’t try to determine the statute of limitation on your own; contact us and we’ll be more than happy to collect and analyze the facts needed to provide you with the correct answer.
Our medical malpractice lawyers are personal care home experts.
Tens of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements validate our commitment to doing medical malpractice litigation—and doing it better than any other law firm. We are immersed in medical negligence litigation every day, quickly spotting trends in personal care home litigation as they develop, pioneering new legal strategies and tactics to combat the ever-changing insurance defense industry, and constantly discussing our clients’ cases with leading medical experts around the country. We are always honing our skills as personal care home negligence attorneys. Nobody does it better.
Our reputation for handling personal care home negligence cases adds value to your case.
Insurance company lawyers who defend personal care home negligence cases know us. In fact, most all of the major players in the insurance defense industry in Georgia know who we are, and what we’re capable of doing in a courtroom. They know about our results, because they have seen us in action. And they know that when we pursue a case, we will never settle for anything less than fair treatment for our client in the form of full financial compensation. Choosing Davis Adams means leveraging our years of experience, and our reputation for excellence, to help maximize your recovery.
Having an experienced personal care home negligence lawyer matters.
Jess Davis and Chad Adams cut their teeth handling the most complex, high-stakes medical malpractice cases, typically regarded as among the most complicated of all personal injury matters. Routinely getting extraordinary results for their clients in cases other medical malpractice lawyers were turning down, they quickly became the “go-to” attorneys to whom other Georgia lawyers refer tough cases.
How does this tangibly help our clients? We have the unique ability to quickly read and digest volumes of medical records, to pick up the telephone and speak confidently to our clients’ treating physicians about their diagnoses and prognoses, and to instantly reach the top infectious disease experts at the best hospitals and universities in the world to consult on our clients’ cases. This rare expertise is a game changer for our personal care home negligence clients, and sets us apart from other personal injury firms who merely dabble in medical negligence cases without really knowing what they’re doing.
We can handle your personal care home malpractice case wherever you live.
Davis Adams is headquartered in metro Atlanta, but our reach is statewide. We routinely represent Georgia medical malpractice victims, including those harmed by personal care home negligence, in all parts of Georgia, including Macon, Savannah, Columbus, and Albany. Indeed, our geographic reach is evidenced by the fact that our firm’s largest settlement ($17,000,000) came in Fulton County, while our largest verdict ($10,000,000) came in rural Jefferson County. So, wherever you reside in Georgia, selecting the best lawyer is more important than hiring the closest lawyer. As a client, you have just one opportunity to obtain justice, and we are always honored when that chance it entrusted to us, wherever you happen to be located.
How much is my personal care home negligence case worth?
Most people who contact our firm do so reluctantly. They aren’t excited about the possibility of having to sue a personal care home for malpractice, and they understand that money won’t solve all of their problems—and certainly can’t heal their injury. But financial compensation is the only remedy available through the civil justice system; it’s the only form of justice the law allows under these circumstances. We can only provide our clients with guidance as to the fair value of their cases after the case has been fully investigated. The factors we will consider include:
Economic damages, including:
- past medical bills;
- future/projected medical expenses, including life-care plans;
- past lost income; and
- future lost income.
Non-economic damages, including:
- physical pain and suffering;
- mental or emotional pain and suffering;
- loss of consortium (companionship); and
- the full value of a life (in wrongful death cases).
Often personal care home negligence cases in Georgia are settled at mediation, which allows our clients to avoid the risk and emotional toll associated with trial, and to end their case with certainty. Other times, mediation is unsuccessful, and we proceed to trial and ask a jury to determine our client’s compensation. A significant percentage of our $75 million in recovered funds for our clients is the result of trial verdicts, meaning that the attorneys hired to defend negligent parties know we are fully prepared to meet them in a courtroom if the case cannot otherwise be resolved to our clients’ satisfaction.
Fewer cases, more personal attention, better results.
Davis Adams declines to accept the vast majority of cases presented to our firm. The fit has to be just right: the right client with the right type of case, where we feel like our firm can have the maximum positive impact. And while it may seem counterintuitive to turn down revenue-generating business, we are committed to doing outstanding, hands-on work for a limited number of catastrophically injured clients instead of employing a team of less experienced associate attorneys to churn through a high-volume workload.
We simply refuse to become one of those law firms at which the experienced trial lawyers only get involved in the later stages of the case, if at all. From day one, our clients have the collective time, attention, energy, and experience of the seasoned medical malpractice attorneys who will be handling their case at trial, which translates to better representation, and better financial recoveries.
Other lawyers often ask, “Wouldn’t it just be easier to hire some young associate attorneys to handle the unimportant parts of your cases?” That question represents a fundamental misunderstanding of how medical malpractice cases are won or lost, and emphasizes the importance of hiring an experienced medical negligence attorney. There are no unimportant tasks in the cases we handle; victory is always in the details and is never achieved at the maximum level without bringing to bear the full weight of our firm’s substantial experience, dogged determination and blatant refusal to settle for less than our clients deserve.
We do not accept any payment for our work on your personal care home negligence case unless you win.
Davis Adams only represents personal care home negligence victims on a contingency basis, which means that if we do not recover money for our personal care home negligence malpractice clients, we refuse to accept payment for our services, or even reimbursement for the money we’ve spent. Additionally, our contingency fee, while reflective of our firm’s quality and success, is nonetheless lower than the fee charged by some firms.