Nursing home abuse is a growing problem that has devastating effects on the elderly and their families. It can take many forms, ranging from physical and emotional abuse to sustained neglect and, in the very worst instances, wrongful death.
Unfortunately, nursing home abuse often goes undetected until significant damage is done. For those who suspect their loved ones are victims to nursing home abuse, it can be heartbreaking to witness first-hand how quickly an individual’s health can deteriorate as a result of mistreatment.
The lawyers at Tom Bible Law help families file lawsuits against negligent nursing homes for financial damages related to abuse endured by the elderly victim. This includes compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, and, if necessary, funerary expenses. With offices in Chattanooga and Tullahoma, we provide our services to families throughout Tennessee and North Georgia.
If a nursing home allowed the abuse or neglect of your loved one, contact our Chattanooga nursing home abuse lawyers today for a free case evaluation.
Filing a Nursing Home Neglect Lawsuit
When it comes to nursing home abuse, there are several types that need to be considered, including:
- Assault and battery
- Emotional abuse
- Falls and fractures
- Sexual abuse
- Unjustified or inadequate medical treatments
Each of these can take a variety of forms, and each can have drastic consequences for you and your loved ones. For example, if your relative is immobile or confined to a wheelchair, neglect can mean they were consistently left in one position for much longer than they should be (and sometimes in soiled clothing). These can lead to skin irritations that can eventually cause bedsores to develop. Bedsores can significantly worsen over time (stage 1-stage 4) and may result in life-threatening infections.
Additionally, falls and fractures can occur if proper steps are not taken to ensure a safe environment for residents. Falling accidents can lead to serious injury or death if proper medical attention is not given immediately after the incident occurs. However, nursing homes are often inclined to not report accidents because it could damage their reputation or hurt their bottom line.
Malnutrition is also a common problem for elderly individuals due to limited mobility making it difficult for them to access their meals on their own. This lack of nutrition can lead to weakened immune systems, which can make them more prone to other illnesses and diseases as well as long recovery times if they get sick or injured.
Let Us Help You Hold Nursing Homes Accountable
Under Tennessee law (Elderly and Vulnerable Adult Protection Act), nursing homes have a legal responsibility to care for and protect your loved ones. Nevertheless, because of other changes to the law over the past several decades, nursing homes are increasingly able to get away with abusive and neglectful practices. It’s our mission to help you hold nursing homes accountable for their actions that brought harm to those close to you.
Call (423) 690-7712 to schedule your case evaluation and discuss your case with our Chattanooga nursing home abuse attorneys.