Nashville Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers

Common Types of Nursing Home Neglect: Medication Errors

by Staff Blogger | September 14th, 2015

There are many ways an elderly patient’s health and safety can be compromised by caregivers, but some of the most common mistakes are medication errors. The Nashville nursing home abuse lawyers at Ponce Law explain this can occur when a patient is given too much or too little of a drug, or when the wrong medication is administered.

Such negligence led to criminal charges against a Franklin County caregiver after she failed to administer a powerful narcotic painkiller to a patient. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation began looking into the incident on June 26 after receiving complaints of the mistake.

According to WKRN 2 News, the caregiver misplaced the patient’s prescription hydrocodone pills. In order to cover up the mistake, the caregiver then administered the patient another medication as a replacement.

The discovery of the mistake led to the caregiver being charged with neglect, felony delivery of a Schedule III narcotic, and casual exchange.

The incident highlights the importance of patients and their families knowing nursing home resident’s rights.

At Ponce Law, we’re here to answer any questions you may have about nursing home abuse or neglect in Tennessee. We can be reached anytime—day or night—by calling 615-244-4325.

Allegations of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Arise at Donelson Facility

by Staff Blogger | June 12th, 2015

Tennessee law requires nursing homes and long-term care facilities to meet certain health and safety standards. The Nashville nursing home abuse lawyers at Ponce Law explain that, unfortunately, not all facilities meet these standards of care.

A nursing home just outside of Nashville is a prime example of a facility that failed to protect patients from harm. According to The Tennessean, the Donelson Place Care and Rehabilitation Center has been under scrutiny by officials since Dec. 2014, but official charges were levied against the facility in May 2015.

Investigators found that the facility repeatedly put patient safety at risk by failing to meet standards of administration, nursing care, social services, and resident right protection. In one case in particular, staff failed to follow doctor’s orders to provide a patient with a device that provided assistance breathing. As a result, the patient was hospitalized and required a tube to be placed in their trachea.

As a result of these findings, the nursing home is prohibited from admitting new residents and will be fined $3,000. Investigators will also monitor the facility for 20 hours per week.

The Nashville personal injury lawyers at Ponce Law believe in protecting the health, safety, and rights of nursing home patients. That’s why we applaud the state for holding long-term care facilities responsible for their negligence.

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.