Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect in Tennessee
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 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:
- 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 gets at 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 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 patient care and hygiene begin to suffer for it. Residents who are not mobile may get bedsores, linens do not get changed often enough, and 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 and 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.
How Bailey & Greer can help
Our team of compassionate nursing home abuse lawyers know 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, or put that family member in harm’s way.
Contact our Tennessee nursing home negligence attorneys today
When you discover that your loved one has been abused by nursing home staff you might be filled with rage, but your best move is to contact a personal injury lawyer. In Tennessee, 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 877.819.4414 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.