Memphis Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Attorneys Helping Families
West Tennessee nursing home negligence attorneys protecting families from offices in Memphis, Jackson and Nashville
When we entrust the care of our aging and medically dependent loved ones to a nursing home, we expect the nursing home personnel to be highly trained, skilled, and above all, caring and compassionate. Sadly, the incidents of nursing home abuse and neglect in Tennessee facilities are rising every day. Whether someone is purposefully hurting your family member, or the facility is willfully neglecting to attend to their needs, nursing home negligence is not something you want your loved one to experience.
At Bailey & Greer, PLLC, we know how important it is to you that your loved one feels safe and cared for. Our nursing home abuse lawyers have been serving families around West Tennessee for close to 30 years. We investigate allegations of nursing home abuse and negligence and hold the parties at fault responsible for their actions.
Types of nursing home neglect and abuse
There are many types of abuse and neglect in nursing homes all over the country, often the result of understaffing of nurses and other healthcare providers. Some of the most common types of abuse are the following:
- Physical abuse. While physical abuse is the most readily recognizable form of abuse because you can see the bruises and the broken bones, physical abuse can also harm the elder’s health by causing high anxiety, which can lead to or exacerbate heart problems in those who are already in frail health.
- Psychological/ emotional abuse. Whether the abuse takes the form of insults, ridicule, threatening language, and/or humiliation, this insidious form of abuse is the most hurtful because it affects the resident’s self-image.
- Financial exploitation. The theft of the resident’s money, the use of their property without permission, intentionally misusing their credit cards, identity theft, and all manner of monetary schemes can be characterized as financial exploitation.
- Over-medication. Sometimes nursing home staff may resort to over-medicating residents who have dementia with anti-psychotic medications as a way of controlling their behavior.
- Staff Inattention (neglect). A nursing home may be understaffed, and as a result, patient care and hygiene may begin to suffer. Residents who are not mobile may get bedsores because linens do not get changed often enough, or staff does not respond to residents’ requests for assistance.
It is important to note that just because you see some of the warning signs that could indicate abuse it does not mean that abuse is taking place. However, if you do begin to see several indicators of abuse such as malnutrition, weight loss, dehydration, unexplained bruising, bedsores, poor hygiene and marked changes in behavior and demeanor, it is likely time to investigate. In some tragic scenarios, prolonged abuse can lead to the wrongful death of your loved one, so time is of the essences if you suspect a problem.
What you need to know about nursing home arbitration agreements
When your loved one enters a nursing home as a resident, there will be volumes of documents to read and sign. This is a situation where you want to take the time to read these documents so that you are making an informed decision when you sign them. You might want to have your attorney look them over to make sure that there is nothing within the documents that might negatively impact your loved one’s best interests. One of those documents is an arbitration agreement or an alternate dispute resolution (ADR) agreement. Arbitration privatizes the legal system allowing lawyers rather than judges to preside over decision making, and it denies citizens the right to have their dispute heard in court by a judge and a jury of their peers. Arbitration heavily favors the nursing home, and once you sign a contract agreeing to it, the decision of the arbitrator is final.
Do whatever you can to avoid signing an arbitration agreement. While they may try, the nursing home cannot force you to sign one. If they will not admit your loved one without a signed arbitration agreement, you should consider finding another facility. You can revoke your agreement if you have already signed one. You can send a certified letter revoking your agreement, and after the 30-day waiting period, the agreement will be revoked. If you have any questions about the documents you must sign when your loved one is entering a nursing home, an experienced Memphis nursing home neglect attorney from Bailey & Greer is here to protect your legal rights.
How the nursing home neglect attorneys at Bailey & Greer can help
Our team of compassionate nursing home abuse lawyers knows that finding the right facility is a critical part of your elderly loved one’s safety and care. We also know that even the best looking or best sounding Tennessee nursing homes can prove to be dangerous to your loved ones. At Bailey & Greer, we are strong advocates for the rights of our elders who may be defenseless and dependent on others for their care and safety. We fight for justice on their behalf and assist you in filing a complaint against the healthcare professionals who harmed your family member.
Contact our Memphis nursing home negligence attorneys today
When you discover that your loved one has been abused by nursing home staff, you might be filled with anger, but your best move is to contact a personal injury lawyer. Throughout West Tennessee, the lawyers at Bailey & Greer, PLLC, are strong advocates for the rights of our elders. We know the pain and anguish that can come from nursing home abuse. Please call 901-475-7434 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment with a dedicated West Tennessee nursing home abuse lawyer. We maintain multiple offices in Memphis, Jackson, and Nashville for your convenience.