Jackson Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys
Upholding the rights of injured clients throughout West Tennessee
You look to the nursing home staff to care for your loved one, to protect them, and to make sure that all their needs are attended to when they can no longer care for themselves. When you discover that your loved one has been neglected, abused, or exploited, you may be justifiably angry and have a desire to make sure that those responsible are brought to justice and that other residents are not suffering the same kind of treatment.
The experienced Jackson nursing home abuse attorneys of Bailey & Greer, PLLC, have been helping clients just like you obtain justice on behalf of their loved ones since 1986. We are here to listen and to take decisive, legal action to protect your loved one’s rights and to obtain compensation for their injuries.
The scope of the problem of nursing home abuse and neglect
According to the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), about 1 in 10 adults aged 60 or older will suffer some form of older abuse. This number is likely low because elder abuse often goes unreported. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that for every one case of elder abuse that is detected or reported, approximately twenty-three other cases remain hidden and unreported. That is a staggering estimate.
The NCEA estimates that the majority of elder abuse victims – about 67% – are women, while the median age of elders who are mistreated is 77.9 years old. About 91% of nursing homes lack adequate staff to properly care for patients, and 36 % of nursing homes have violated elder abuse laws in the United States.
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What are the various types of nursing home abuse?
Elder abuse in general includes nursing home abuse, but it also includes abuse suffered by seniors at the hands of caregivers at home. The different types of nursing home abuse cases include the following categories:
- Physical abuse (assault)
- Sexual abuse
Warning signs of nursing home abuse and elder abuse
The problem with identifying nursing home abuse or neglect is that not all patients manifest the same signs and symptoms. When the abuses occur over time, it is easy for family members to simply chalk them up to the effects of old age. If you feel however, that your elderly loved ones seem different somehow, you can look for signs such as the following:
- Malnutrition, significant weight loss
- Emotional withdrawal
Your loved one might be too embarrassed or intimidated to report what is happening to them. You can be their voice when you report what you see or what you suspect when you visit them in the nursing home.
What are the legal rights of nursing home residents under federal law?
Although they might feel vulnerable to the nursing home administrators, our elders have rights guaranteed by the 1987 Nursing Home Reform Law. Nursing homes and assisted living facilities are obligated to observe residents' rights if they wish to maintain their current Medicare or Medicaid reimbursement.
First steps when you suspect that a nursing home resident is being victimized
If you see evidence that your loved one is being neglected, abused, or exploited, you can speak up and report the incident to the nursing home administrators. One of the challenges of addressing nursing home abuse is that so many who suffer under this type of abuse are silent about it. You can report what you have witnessed or what you suspect is going on to the nursing home administration and to the Tennessee Commission on Aging & Disability. The adult protective services 24/7 hotline number is 1.888.277.8366.
At Bailey & Greer, PLLC, our Jackson nursing home negligence attorneys are here to hold those people responsible who have injured your loved one. We will investigate the situation, determine who is responsible, and seek compensation on your loved one’s behalf.
Types of Cases We Handle
Our Jackson attorneys handle a variety of cases, including:
|Personal Injury||Car Accidents||Truck Accident||Medical Malpractice|
|Birth Injury||Defective Drugs and Medical Devices||Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect|
Trust Bailey & Greer, PLLC to protect your loved one who has been injured in a nursing home
We know that you may be angry and upset when you discover that your loved one has been injured at the hands of nursing home staff. Those are normal feelings, and we will help you through them. The Jackson attorneys at Bailey & Greer, PLLC, represent families throughout West Tennessee in need of legal counsel. You are welcome to call us toll free at 731-423-2789 or fill out our contact form to schedule a meeting with one of our nursing home abuse lawyers to discuss your needs.