If your loved one suffered nursing home abuse or neglect, you may be eligible to receive compensation for his or her medical expenses and pain and suffering. At Ponce Law, our Nashville nursing home abuse lawyers hold nursing home owners and staff accountable when they neglect residents, and we’ll fight to get you and your loved one compensation. Contact us today at 615-244-4321 or complete a free initial consultation form.
Signs and Symptoms of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
While abuse is the active mistreatment of residents, neglect—or a failure by staff to administer proper care—can be just as dangerous. The most common signs and symptoms of nursing home abuse and neglect include:
- Bruises, bedsores, and abrasions on the skin
- Untreated wounds
- Weakness, due to malnutrition
- Excessive or rapid weight loss
- Staff members’ inability to explain an injury
- Fear of doctors or nursing home staff
- Sudden changes in medication
- Lack of proper heating and/or cooling in facilities
- Poor supervision and allowing residents to wander off property
- Staff members refusing to allow visitors
- Poor hygiene
- Abnormally pale complexion
- Broken or missing personal items
- Strong odors of urine or feces
- Mold, mildew, or dirt in common areas or the resident’s room
As a nursing home resident, your loved one has well defined rights, and should never be physically harmed, neglected, or intimidated in any way by the people who are supposed to care for him or her.
What to Do if You Suspect Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect
If you suspect your loved one is being abused or neglected by nursing home staff, you should immediately:
- Ask him or her about any details of possible abuse or neglect.
- Talk to family members of other residents to find out if the abuse or neglect is widespread in the facility.
- Speak with staff members and administrators who are in charge of caring for your loved one to determine who is at fault.
- Contact the police if the abuse inflicted physical trauma.
- Remove your loved one from the nursing home as soon as possible.
- File a complaint with the Tennessee Division of Health Care Facilities.
- Contact an experienced Nashville nursing home abuse attorney.
Protect Your Loved One
Nursing home abuse and neglect can take major physical and emotional tolls on your loved one’s health, and should never be tolerated or ignored under any circumstances. Filing a complaint and contacting an experienced attorney not only protects your loved one, it helps protect the rights and safety of other residents.
If you and your family think your loved one isn’t safe at a nursing home, don’t wait—contact the attorneys at Ponce Law right away. We’ll hold the staff and administrators accountable for their neglect and help you get the compensation you deserve.