Atlanta Theft and Fraud Attorneys
Families who place their elderly relatives in nursing homes place a great deal of trust in the staff. Because of the very nature of nursing homes, employees have easy access to personal belongings residents keep in their rooms. Some may even use their influence over residents to extort money from them.
Theft and fraud are serious offenses, and they are all the more reprehensible when committed against vulnerable nursing home residents. If someone you love has been the victim of theft or fraud in a nursing home, the Atlanta nursing home negligence lawyers at Ausband & Dumont want to help. We will fight tirelessly to hold dishonest nursing home employees accountable.
Theft in Nursing Homes
Nursing home personnel must be able to enter rooms to care for residents, but unfortunately, some of them choose to abuse this access and steal valuable items. Here are some of the belongings nursing home employees can easily steal from residents:
- Jewelry and watches
- Cell phones and other electronic devices
Employees may be stealing these items to sell them or cashing in for their own personal use. Residents may sometimes not even notice their items are gone. If you suspect nursing home staff of theft, you may want to check on your loved one’s belongings yourself when you go to visit.
Fraud against Residents and Families
Sometimes, nursing homes bill residents and their families for additional charges through fraudulent practices such as inflating the costs of medications or even charging for services they haven’t rendered. If you suspect your loved one’s bills are higher than usual, you may want to demand an itemized bill to ensure the nursing home is not cheating your family out of money.
Medicare & Medicaid Fraud
Many elderly Americans pay for nursing home expenses through Medicare and some use Medicaid as well. These programs provide deceitful nursing home staff with opportunities to extort money from the government through practices such as double billing. If you have evidence that nursing home employees are defrauding Medicare or Medicaid in your loved one’s name, you can help the government sue the nursing home under the False Claims Act and take a portion of the damages for yourself.
Fighting a nursing home for theft or fraud can be a difficult process, especially because the home has influence over your loved one’s life. It is important to have an experienced lawyer on your side. At Ausband & Dumont, our Atlanta nursing home negligence lawyers have the knowledge and steady hand to navigate legal action against nursing homes. We can help you file a lawsuit for theft or fraud against your family. If nursing home staff has stolen from your loved one or committed fraud in their name, contact the Atlanta nursing home theft and fraud lawyers at Ausband & Dumont today by calling (404) 812-0051.