Tennessee Elder/Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer

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In the state of Tennessee, there are more than 35,000 nursing home residents. Although there are many programs in place to fight nursing home abuse and neglect, nursing home abuse is still a severe problem, in Tennessee and across the nation. The National Center on Elder Abuse reports that more than 50% of America's 18,000+ nursing homes are understaffed, which can lead to stress and frustration among staff members who are already involved in delicate and stressful situations as caregivers in general. This, coupled with numerous other factors, can lead to elder/nursing home abuse, which occurs in around 30% of all nursing homes across America.

Elder/nursing home abuse presents itself in many different forms, and can include physical, sexual, and psychological abuse, as well as malnutrition, financial exploitation, and pure neglect. If you have made the difficult decision to place a family member in a nursing home, you should be able to trust that your loved one will not suffer any type of neglect or abuse at the hands of a caregiver or even other residents.

Recently in Tennessee, a long-term care facility, State Veterans' Home, was found to have violated nine out of 21 potential violations, and were found to have been seriously jeopardizing resident's lives in doing so. Employees at the nursing home weren't following doctors' orders, preventing and treating bed sores, or protecting the residents from harm. Instances like this show just how vulnerable nursing home residents can be.

All facilities have the obligation to protect the rights of every single resident that they take care of, including an attractive, clean, and healthy environment. They are also obligated to treat all residents equally, with no discrimination based on the race, religion, color, nationality, ability or source of payment.

Nursing home facilities are required by federal law to spell out all policies in a Nursing Home Resident's Bill of Rights, and to make this document available to any resident who requests them. The bill of rights is meant to enumerate the policies and regulations of the specific nursing home, and must also contain a statement which each resident must sign in order to indicate that he or she has read and understood the rights before admittance. Specific rights owed to residents of Tennessee nursing homes include the right to be informed about their specific medical condition(s) and treatment plan, the right to participate in planning their own care and medical treatment, the right to choose a physician, the right to manage personal finances, the right to privacy, dignity, and respect, the right to personal possessions, the right to be free from restraints and abuse in nursing homes, the right to voice grievance without retaliation, the right to be discharged or transferred only for medical reasons, and the rights of access.

If you suspect that you or someone you love has been abused, neglected or mistreated in a nursing home, you should contact a Tennessee elder/nursing home abuse lawyer or attorney immediately.

If you or someone you love has suffered any type of abuse at the hands of another resident, you should also contact a civil lawyer or attorney if you are seeking damages outside of the facility.

A Tennessee elder/nursing home abuse lawyer or attorney will offer a free nursing home abuse consultation where they will evaluate your case, explain your legal rights, and assess any damages they feel you are entitled to as a result of any abuse or neglect caused by a Tennessee nursing home. An elder/nursing home abuse lawyer or attorney will also be well-versed in Tennessee nursing home abuse laws, so they will be well-equipped to argue your case.

If you are ready to contact a Tennessee elder/nursing home abuse lawyer or attorney, visit the American Bar Association (ABA) website and use the lawyer locator. Access to the site and the lawyer locator is free.


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