The Lyman Firm - February 2020

Nursing Home Abuse Red Flags Are Your Loved Ones Getting the Care They Need? The Lyman Firm Newsletter TELEGRAPH Amicus Curiae www.LymanFirm.com 404-267-1986 February 2019 The Truth About Lyman Beginning a Journey Starts with Dedication to Transparency The Lyman Firm Newsletter 2860 Piedmont Road, Suite 275, Atlanta, GA 30305 T: 404 267 1986 F: 470 745 0699 lymanfirm.com

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Recently we’ve had a lot of clients coming to us with concerns about elder abuse in nursing homes. This issue is very concerning for me, personally, since my grandfather receives end- of-life care. The last thing I would want is to hear or suspect my grandfather wasn’t getting the care he needed. If you worry that your loved one isn’t getting proper treatment, here are a few signs to keep in mind next time you visit them. BEDSORES & INFECTION These are the leading complaints we get when a client fears their loved one is being mistreated. Bedsores are the result of prolonged pressure on the skin, which can be found after 4–6 hours of consistent pressure. Initially, they’re red, sensitive areas found on the heels, ankles, hips, or tailbone, and they eventually turn purple. If bedsores go untreated for an extended period, they will break open and leave the tissue vulnerable to infection. FEW STAFF MEMBERS ON THE FLOOR Unfortunately, due to the high demand for care, many facilities are unable to provide personalized treatment to each patient. In fact, according to the Nursing Home Abuse Center, mountains, and urban development representing ever-expanding opportunities. Being a native of North Atlanta, I have spent most of my life in this fair state, cultivating both my character and my profession as I grew up. Now, I have a distinct opportunity to help those around me in ways I hadn’t anticipated in my younger days. I lead The Lyman Firm as a proud curator of justice for the everyday person, somebody who might not have gotten a fair shake before they met me. I believe one person can be the face of a greater movement, and these are the everyday people — the heroes — I work for as I drive our cases forward to the fullest extent within our legal system, fighting for what’s right. My passions weren’t always for courtroom thrills, though. Growing up in Smyrna, I sought to chase a different kind of rush: the roar of the racetrack. I wasn’t half bad either, eventually taking my hobby for auto racing from amateur status in 2004 all the way to semi-pro in 2007. Unfortunately, like so many other things that went down along with the economy the following year, my racing career crashed in 2008. Shattered by the abrupt end to my racing journey due to a lack of financing, “Nursing home neglect can lead to severe health complications later on, as well. Research has shown that victims of nursing home abuse have a 300% greater chance of premature death than those who aren’t abused.” “I believe one person can be the face of a greater move ent, and these are the everyday people — the heroes — I work for as I drive our cases forward to the fullest extent within our legal system, fig ting for what’s right.” G eorgia is a blue-collar state — a grassroots mix of farmland,

can get sick much more easily, and poor hygiene only increases their chances of getting the flu or a cold. If you suspect your loved one has poor hygiene, watch out for signs like body odor and dirty clothing. Nursing home neglect can lead to severe health complications later on, as well. Research has shown that victims of nursing home abuse have a 300% greater chance of premature death than those who aren’t abused. If you suspect your loved one is being neglected or abused, document your findings with as much detail as you can and explore other care options. Then give us a call as soon as possible. I want to ensure my grandfather and others are getting the care they deserve. We need to hold these individuals who care for our loved ones accountable. You can reach me at 404-267-1986 or visit our website at LymanFirm. com for more information. would be possible. But I also have a second family of sorts in my clients, whom I treat with the respect and attention a person is owed whenever they find they’re backed in a corner and need help. The pleasure I get from representing good, honest people in the courtroom is unrivaled when compared to the other fields of profession I’ve engaged in life. Oftentimes, I ask a client to share the names of the attorneys they’ve worked with on other cases. Almost none of them are able to muster an answer — the names of their lawyers completely lost in the tides of life’s trials. That’s when I tell them that there are a million different lawyers out there doing a million different things, but when I take on your case for a serious injury or a wrongful death suit, you’ll remember me as a man who gave you the best possible chance while shooting you straight every step of the way. -Thomas J. Lyman -Thomas J. Lyman James and three-year-old daughter Cleo — I am fully immersed in the fun-loving, homely, and exciting life of my family. They are my foundation, and without them nothing

I began to look for a new avenue to pour my passions into.

95% of nursing facilities are understaffed in the U.S. This level of negligence can result in harm to your loved one, even if it is unintentional. A recent study found that 46% of nurses miss changes in patients’ health due to the number of patients they have to care for at once. As the elder population increases, more nursing homes are opening, but that doesn’t fix the staff issue at hand. INADEQUATE HYGIENE It’s expected that staff members assist with every patient’s hygiene if needed. However, because of the aforementioned issues, patients sometimes don’t get the hygiene care they need. Many residents need help bathing, dressing, brushing their teeth, or even clipping their toenails, but when they’re neglected, they’re left to do these tasks on their own, leading to poor hygiene. People should bathe at least twice a week to avoid skin breakdown and infection. Not tending to their care at all could lead to trachoma, pneumonia, and various skin infections. Due to their weakened immune systems, older folks As we grow older and further away from our teens and 20s, we begin to realize that life isn’t always about going fast, both literally and metaphorically. It was during my post racing downtime that I realized I wanted to go back to school at Georgia State. After spending years as a writer and editor, I discovered and followed my newfound calling and began practicing law after graduating from law school. After years of unparalleled grit, drive, and success in the field of law, I was fortunate enough to be able to open my own practice in January of 2018. This new venture has even allowed me to work alongside my brother, a paralegal and case manager, in what has been one of the most exciting periods of my life. For now, our plans for the future include an imminent expansion of the firm and growing the company in ways that still allow us to keep our fundamental values and operations in check. At home with my wife Lindsay beside e, and o r two chil ren — our five-year-old son

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