Changes to Tennessee Nursing Home Abuse Laws Being Considered

by Staff Blogger | March 13th, 2015

Estimates show that as many as one in three elderly nursing home residents will become the victim of abuse or neglect this year. Quality reporting of nursing home conditions can help keep residents safe—but a proposed law may make it harder for nursing home abuse victims to file lawsuits against abusive or neglectful facilities and staff members.

The Nashville nursing home abuse lawyers with Ponce Law explain that despite evidence showing both of these methods to be effective, one may soon be unable to support the other. State legislators are currently considering a bill that would make information and evidence discovered during nursing home investigations, inspections, or surveys inadmissible in a court of law.

A report from Channel 3 News states the bill sponsored by Tennessee State Senator, Brian Kelsey, and State Representative, Leigh Wilburn, would also regulate how lawyers market to clients of nursing home abuse. If the bill is passed, attorneys who choose to use information from surveys or inspections in their ads would also have to point out when those issues were addressed and resolved by the nursing home in question.

At Ponce Law, we recognize the impact such a change in law could have on a nursing home abuse victim’s case, and our Nashville personal injury lawyers are anxious to see if committees approve this bill during the upcoming legislative session.