Nursing Home Abuse


The Tennessee Nursing Home Abuse attorneys at The Higgins Firm are dedicated to nursing home reform. Nursing home abuse is becoming more and more common. Nationwide, the number of nursing home negligence cases is increasing. Nursing home abuse in Nashville and around the U.S. can be physical or psychological. It can take the form of negligence or even abuse. Whatever the form, the neglect of nursing home residents must be stopped. The first step is recognizing the warning signs. Federal nursing home regulations provide that the “resident has the right to be free from verbal, sexual, physical, and mental abuse, corporal punishment and involuntary seclusion.”  The Higgins Firm will fight to ensure all residents receive these basic human rights.

Common Warning Signs Of Abuse Or Neglect

  • Bedsores (also called “pressure sores”)
  • Unexplained cuts, open wounds, or frequent bruising
  • Personal items torn or broken
  • Bruises that suggest physical restraints were used
  • Sudden, severe weight loss
  • Dehydration
  • Infections
  • Malnutrition
  • Jaundice or an abnormally pale complexion
  • Poor personal hygiene or strong fecal/urine odors
  • Fleas, lice, rodents or other pests or parasites in the room
  • Other unattended health problems


If you believe your loved one has been the victim of nursing home negligence you should immediately bring your concerns to the attention of the nursing home administrator and staff.  If possible take photographs with your phone of any bruises, injuries or signs of inadequate care.  This will help you explain your concerns to the administration or others from whom you seek help.  Hopefully, your concerns will be adequately addressed and the problem will be resolved.  However, if you do not receive an appropriate response you can contact the State of Tennessee to file a complaint or you can contact a Tennessee Ombudsman for assistance.  You may also contact our office to speak with an Nursing Home Malpractice lawyer if you feel you need legal help.  Regardless, do not assume that the situation will resolve itself or that turning a blind eye will make it go away. Protect your loved one and help protect the loved ones of others. Be involved with their care.  Visit the nursing home as much as possible  and at different times. Make sure the staff and other residents know you and are aware of the fact that you will be watching to make sure everyone is being treated with dignity and respect.

If you have a claim needing the help of one of our experienced and caring Nashville nursing home abuse attorneys. We encourage you to contact our office as soon as possible. We put our clients first in everything that we do. We want to make sure that you receive the compensation that you deserve for the injuries that you have suffered.  It is our hope that by holding  negligent nursing homes accountable other elderly residents will not suffer from the same neglect or abuse.

Contact us online or call us at 800-705-2121 to set up a FREE consultation to discuss your legal options.