In Tennessee, residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities have rights that must be acknowledged by medical providers and caregivers. Any violation of these rights can result in legal action by the victim.
One of the Tennessee nursing home resident’s rights is the right to quality medical care. This right was underscored when a 34-year-old Lawrenceburg woman was arrested for neglecting and mistreating a disabled elderly patient who was in her care.
Reports from The Daily Herald explain the caregiver failed to take a patient for an X-ray ordered by her physician, then attempted to cover up the error by forging documents that indicated the patient had, in fact, undergone the procedure.
When the caregiver’s employer was informed of the incident, the caregiver was dismissed immediately and law enforcement was made aware of the situation. The woman was indicted in Dec. 2014, but wasn’t arrested until Thursday, Feb. 26.
Incidents like this bring up the need for citizens to be aware of what actions to take in the event their loved one is being mistreated at a nursing home. The Nashville personal injury attorneys at Ponce Law suggest:
- Be Informed- Understand both your rights as a loved one and the rights of nursing home residents. Also, never hesitate to ask caregivers questions regarding the treatments, procedures, and routines of your loved one.
- Report Any Suspected Abuse- If you think your loved one is being neglected or harmed by caregivers, inform both management of the facility and the proper authorities of the issue.
- Get A Lawyer- Speaking with a qualified legal representative can help to ensure you and your loved one’s legal rights are not violated again.