Each year thousands of senior citizens are abused, neglected and exploited in nursing homes and other elder care facilities. Many victims are frail and vulnerable and cannot help themselves, depending on others to meet their most basic needs. Knowing the warning signs of neglect and/or abuse is a first step toward protecting elderly friends or relatives. Sometimes residents of long term care facilities may sustain physical injuries from falls or abuse. In other instances, neglect can cause dehydration and malnutrition or infections from untreated bed sores.

Georgia law provides a "Bill of Rights for Residents of Long Term Care Facilities" which imposes enforceable duties upon operators of long-term care facilities. Under the Bill of Rights, a resident is entitled to receive, among other things, "care, treatment, and services which are adequate and appropriate." The law allows for claims for damages for a violation of any provision of the Bill of Rights for Residents of Long Term Care Facilities by a nursing home.