Archives for March 2014

Immigration Reform

For the past several years, immigration reform has been the subject of much political debate and maneuvering and a hot topic in the news. But to the millions of immigrants peacefully living and working, paying taxes and raising families in the United States, immigration reform is much more politics. Take a look at a recent article, regarding the story of Josue Noe Sandoval-Perez, and it is hard not to feel the gut wrenching pain that some of the current immigration enforcement practices place on families. In the midst of the headlines, and the current state of progress on immigration reform, it may seem that there is no hope. However, even under current law there is much that can be done to help immigrants wanting to make this country their home.

19272384Citizens of foreign countries who seek to enter the United States generally must first obtain a U.S. visa. Visas fall into two main categories: non-immigrant visas and immigrant visas. For those wishing only to travel to, visit, or study abroad in the United States on a temporary basis, they would need to obtain a non-immigrant visa. If a non-U.S. citizen wishes to reside permanently in the United States, an immigrant visa would be necessary. There are numerous categories and methods of obtaining immigrant visas, or green cards, each with their own requirements. Generally, these categories include relative, spouse and finance’ visas, investor or employment visas, and various special circumstance visas. For more information about the various types of visas available, please click here.

For the past 20 years, the Atlanta, Georgia law firm of Brownstein & Nguyen has helped thousands of foreign citizens obtain visas to come and live in the United States. Founding attorney Tien G. Nguyen has the necessary expertise to help individuals and families with their visa needs, including visas and green cards, citizenship and naturalization, and removal/deportation. If you, a family member or someone you know needs expert advice or representation in immigration law, do not hesitate to call or contact our Atlanta, Georgia immigration law attorneys today for a free consultation.

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Have you had to place a loved one in the care of a nursing home?

The number of individuals that are able to simply answer “yes” to this question is growing as our population ages. According to the U.S. Census the population of individuals aged 45 to 64 grew 31.5% from the 2000 Census to the 2010 Census. This generation is commonly referred to as Baby Boomers. With the population of Baby Boomers aging, more individuals find themselves looking for additional resources to help care for the healthcare needs of their parents and loved ones. The decision to place a loved one in a nursing home is often not an easy one. In choosing a facility, one important factor to think about is possible abuse or neglect.

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It is unfortunate, but true, that many have suffered from abuse or neglect while residing in nursing homes. Not all nursing homes are managed and operated in the same manner, and caring for patients with such a wide range of specific needs can be difficult. This is especially true when nursing homes and healthcare workers seem to be overworked and underpaid.

Nursing home abuse and neglect can manifest itself in several ways. This is a short list of things to be on the lookout for:

  • Pressure sores (sometimes referred to as decubitus ulcers) or bedsores
  • Skin breakdown and lesions
  • Falls and/or broken bones
  • Infections
  • Excessive bruising
  • Burns and other skin lesions
  • Infections from improperly placed or maintained catheters
  • Bowel impactions as a result of chronic constipation
  • Malnutrition
  • Dehydration
  • Medication errors
  • Improper or over-sedation
  • Poor personal hygiene
  • Dry skin and/or chapped lips
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Reduced appetite of the inability to eat
  • Verbal abuse
  • Physical abuse
  • General disregard for health and welfare of residents

It is always highly suggested that family members research options in acute care or rehabilitation facilities in advance of making a decision to admit a loved one. We suggest reading, Three Key Things to Consider when Looking for an Assisted Living Facility, and visiting Skilled Nursing Facilities to help you in this process.

Should your loved one have the unfortunate experience of experiencing neglect or if you notice signs of neglect as a result of care in a long term care facility, Brownstein & Nguyen has first hand experience in dealing with the issue of nursing home abuse and neglect.  We are your premier lawyers within the Greater Atlanta area in helping to fight for your loved ones’ rights while living in a managed care facility. If you have noticed any of the above issues, or are concerned that a loved one may be suffering, call or contact our nursing home neglect and elder abuse lawyers today.

Three Key Things to Consider when Looking for an Assisted Living Facility

With the effects of Alzheimer’s disease often requiring special care, it is highly likely that the number of families that must turn to a Skilled Nursing Facility (or nursing home) will rise. In searching for a facility for your loved one, there are many things to consider. Here are three key things that you should keep in mind:

Researching a Skilled Nursing Facility1. Research Facilities In Advance

Before visiting a specific facility, do your research. Visit sites such as and the Georgia Department of Community Health to review facility ratings and reports. Look closely at the numbers of complaints and violations if there are any.

2. Visit the Facility

After carefully researching the facilities and determining which ones may best meet the care needs of your loved one, set up an appointment to visit. This can easily be done through calling or emailing the facility to schedule a tour and meet with an onsite administrator. Make sure that you observe the residents, the employees, and the overall environment while visiting.

3. Ask Questions

It is wise to be prepared with questions before visiting a facility. Think about what you would like to ask the manager, the healthcare providers, and even the residents. The National Institute on Aging provides several suggested questions. This is a big decision, and it is important to investigate all angles.

While researching and visiting facilities, it is important to be aware of any signs of nursing home neglect or elder abuse. You will want to make sure that you address any questions or concerns that you have regarding any potential warning signs in this area. It may also be helpful to consult with a lawyer that is familiar with cases of nursing home neglect or abuse prior to visiting a facility and before agreeing to admit a family member. At Brownstein & Nguyen, we have years of experience in dealing with the difficult situations that arise in cases of nursing home neglect and elder abuse. Call or contact us today so that we can help you.

Alzheimer’s Rates May be Much More Prevalent

Recently the journal Neurology found that the number of deaths as a result of Alzheimer’s disease in the United States may be much larger than what has been commonly reported. This is attributed to the fact that the debilitating disease has many side effects and complications that are often recorded as the main cause of death on death certificates. According to the study from the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Alzheimer’s disease could be responsible for over 500,000 deaths each year. If this is true, Alzheimer’s disease would come in at a close third for the leading cause of mortality in the United States. Heart disease and cancer are at the top of the list.Alzheimer's More Prevalent

Early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s is difficult as families often miss the indirect signs to help identify it. However, once a physical decline begins, its progression is quite rapid and this leads to the secondary causes of death. It is important to be on the lookout for possible signs of Alzheimer’s. The Alzheimer’s Association offers a wealth of resources regarding Alzheimer’s disease, including 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s.

The Alzheimer’s Association identifies these 10 signs as:

  1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life.
  2. Challenges in planning or solving problems.
  3. Difficulty in completing tasks at home, at work or at leisure.
  4. Confusion with time or place.
  5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships.
  6. New problems with words in speaking or writing.
  7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps.
  8. Decreased or poor judgment.
  9. Withdrawal from work or social activities.
  10. Changes in mood or personality.

With the distinct possibility that Alzheimer’s is much more prevalent than previously known, families are left with many difficult decisions regarding the long term care of their loved ones. As lawyers in Atlanta specializing in elder abuse, medical malpractice, and nursing home neglect, Brownstein and Nguyen is here to help you understand things you should prepare for as your loved ones age and experience signs of Alzheimer’s disease.  Call or contact us today.