Nashville nursing home abuse lawyer

How We Can Help with Your Nursing Home Abuse Case

by Staff Blogger | July 27th, 2020

At Ponce Law, we believe that nursing home abuse is particularly heinous and unforgivable. Families trusted expensive care facilities with their loved ones’ health and well-being, and those facilities not only neglected to fulfill their duty, but they also actively harmed innocent people who are often physically or mentally incapable of defending themselves.

If your family has experienced the trauma and betrayal of nursing home abuse, our legal team wants to help. Our Nashville nursing home abuse lawyers work hard to get families and their loved ones maximum compensation for what they’ve been through. Here’s how we do it:

  • We use our knowledge of the law—Nursing homes are subject to many laws, as they are part residence and part medical facility. In addition, there are many laws concerning elder care and nursing home resident rights. We look at nursing home abuse cases from all angles to find the right approach to get our clients the money they’re owed.
  • We calculate how much money victims and their families are owed—No two nursing home abuse cases are alike, but many nursing homes want to treat them that way via lowball settlements. We’ll determine exactly how much your family is owed, and we’ll fight to get it.
  • We hold the nursing home accountable—Some law firms are hesitant to go after nursing homes, especially big corporate-owned facilities that may have billions of dollars to their name. But we aren’t afraid—we believe that when nursing homes allow abuse to occur, they deserve to be held accountable, regardless of their size and resources.

Don’t wait another day to get the legal representation you deserve. Call us now for a free consultation.

Tennessee Nursing Home Abuse Isn’t Investigated Fast Enough

by Staff Blogger | November 25th, 2015

Estimates show that as many as 1-in-10 elderly Americans will become victims of nursing home abuse or neglect this year. One of the best ways to prevent this kind of treatment is regular inspection of long-term care facilities being performed by state monitoring agencies. However, a new report shows Tennessee officials are falling behind on completing these investigations.

The Nashville nursing home abuse lawyers at Ponce Law explain that the Tennessee Board of Licensing Health Care Facilities is in charge of looking into complaints of nursing home abuse and neglect. These investigations are supposed to be taken care of within a certain time frame, but a new report from the State Comptroller’s Office shows inspections are rarely completed on time.

According to News Channel 3, reports on 25 cases of suspected Tennessee nursing home abuse were more examined. Officials found inspections were not completed on time in any of those cases. Furthermore, investigations were only completed on time in three less serious cases.

Statistics like these are why it’s more important than ever to be aware of Tennessee nursing home resident’s rights, as well as what actions to take if you suspect your loved one is being harmed by a caregiver.

Tennessee nursing home residents are entitled to certain standards of care and personal freedoms. If you think these rights are being violated, Ponce Law encourages you to report the situation to the proper authorities immediately. Follow up on the case consistently to ensure those responsible for harm are held accountable for their actions.

Tennessee Nursing Home Accident Injures Seven Residents

by Staff Blogger | May 15th, 2015

In Tennessee, the law protects nursing home residents’ rights to partake in activities both on and off the premises of the facilities where they live—but nursing homes are responsible for ensuring the safety of activities that take place on the their property.

A failure to take such precautions resulted in injuries to seven patients of a Hermitage, Tennessee, nursing home. Reports from WKRN 2 News say the injuries occurred when a train ride set up on the nursing home’s property overturned while giving rides to patients.

Officials say the train was making it’s way down a small hill on the property when the 21-year-old operator lost control. The small train derailed and the last car overturned, causing several riders to be injured.

The train’s operator told investigators he applied the brakes, but they were not working or were not strong enough to slow the train down. An investigation into the cause of the accident remains open. Officials did say they do not believe the train’s operator was intoxicated at the time of the crash.

Protecting the rights of elderly patients is important to each of the Nashville nursing home abuse lawyers at Ponce Law. That’s why we are hopeful for a speedy recovery for each victim.

Nursing Home Abuse May Come at the Hands of Those You Least Expect

by Staff Blogger | April 17th, 2015

Nursing home abuse is a major concern for many Tennesseans with loved ones living in long-term care facilities. Some studies show as many as 33 percent of all individuals over age 65 will be the victims of abuse or neglect, and other reports state as few as one in 23 cases of nursing home abuse are reported.

One of the most disturbing statistics out there is that a majority of nursing home abuse cases involve a person who isn’t a caregiver. This means the person doing the harm is a family member, another resident, or an acquaintance.

WSMV 4 News recently reported on the case of an 82-year-old Korean War veteran who was seriously injured after being attacked by a roommate at a nursing home in Putnam County. A nurse at Signature Healthcare Nursing Home heard a commotion in the victim’s room and entered to find the victim’s roommate repeatedly hitting him in the face with a glass soda bottle. The victim suffered serious injuries, including a broken nose and cheekbone, as well as serious bruising.

The family of the victim says they were informed that the new roommate could have violent outbursts, but were assured their loved one would be safe from harm.

If your loved one is the victim of nursing home abuse, you have legal rights. At Ponce Law, our Nashville personal injury lawyers are always standing by to speak with you about any questions you may have regarding your loved one’s care. Feel free to call us anytime at 615-244-4321 to discuss your case.