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Common Signs Of Nursing Home Negligence, Malpractice Or Abuse

Elderly people in nursing care facilities suffer from abuse and neglect all too often all across the country and even in the state of Tennessee. It is an unfortunate fact that the number of nursing home negligence cases is increasing. Partly, this is due to a larger nursing home population as Americans are living longer. Partly, this neglect and abuse is due to large, private companies purchasing Nashville nursing homes and not providing adequate staff, training, or resources. Though finding any single cause for the nationwide rise in abuse is simplistic, any form of harm or negligence in nursing care facilities whether it is in Nashville, Tennessee or anywhere else should not be tolerated.

With nearly two million Americans living in long-term care facilities, Congress has enacted federal nursing home regulations. Those regulations provide that a nursing home resident “has the right to be free from verbal, sexual, physical, and mental abuse, corporal punishment, and involuntary seclusion.” The regulations also define nursing home abuse and neglect.


An intentional infliction of injury, unreasonable confinement, intimidation, care/service deprivation or punishment that results in physical harm, pain or mental anguish.


A failure, intentional or not, to provide a person with the care and services necessary to ensure freedom from harm or pain; a failure to react to a potentially dangerous situation resulting in resident harm or anxiety.
In order to help prevent nursing home abuse from occurring, it is important to know what to look for. This type of abuse can be visible, mental, or just simply neglect. Abuse or neglect that happens in nursing care facilities or homes needs to be noted and handled right away. Some of the main symptoms of abuse and neglect to watch out for in a Tennessee home may be:

Visible Abuse in Nursing Homes
  • Unexplained falls
  • Sepsis
  • Broken bones
  • Bedsores
  • Dehydration
  • if a loved one seems to weigh much less than normal or has little or no appetite
  • Wounds, cuts or bruises
  • Other possible physical abuse
Emotional Nursing Home Abuse
  • Any sudden behavioral change
  • Any unusual behavior
  • Self-abuse
  • Agitation
  • If a loved one appears to prefer being alone more than usual or does not talk
  • Not wanting to talk in the presence of nursing home employees
Nursing Home Neglect
  • The skin being different colors such as redder or darker than usual(pressure sores)
  • Having clothes that are soiled or not cleaned regularly
  • Not getting the needed medicine or being prescribed too much
  • Incorrect body position
  • Having no help with nutritional and hydration needs
  • Unsanitary and unclean conditions
  • A patient's room or personal belongs being filthy or messy
  • If a patient is sick more than usual and the family members are not notified
  • significant and rapid changes in a patient's weight; other signs of malnutrition
  • Unnecessary usage of equipment used to hold a patient down in their bed or wheelchair.
  • Infections

If any of potential symptoms of nursing home abuse or neglect exist,It is important to make sure your concerns are addressed in with the administration of the nursing care facility or home and that you make sure the home keeps a file on these claims . It may also be a good idea to also report any concerns to the Tennessee Department of Health. If you notice these symptoms of abuse or negligence or if you the person you care about talks about the abuse then you need to seek the guidance of one of The Higgins Firm’s qualified Tennessee personal injury lawyers. We put our clients first in everything that we do. We will work with you to get the information needed for your case such as insurance paperwork, any paperwork regarding medical treatments and care as well as anything else that may be needed to help you make the best case for your claim. We stand steadfast by our clients and will fight for your claim. Let our experience, resources and knowledge work for you.

Contact us online or call us at 800-705-2121 address any questions you may have and to discuss your legal options.

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