Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse
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The Higgins Firm is committed to fighting for the victims of nursing home neglect across Tennessee. Unfortunately, the issue of nursing home abuse is reoccurring all too often. Not just locally, but even nationally, reports of nursing home abuse and/or neglect are on the rise. It is precisely because of this increase that the lawyers at The Higgins Firm are dedicated to protecting the rights of abused and neglected nursing home residents across the state.
THE EPIDEMIC OF PROFITS OVER PEOPLE
Our firm has handled hundreds of Nursing Home Malpractice cases across the southeast. One disturbing common thread among many of these cases is the relationship between poor care and the Nursing Home's desire to increase profits. Specifically, one of the easiest ways for a nursing home to increase its profits is to cut back on well trained staff. Unfortunately, without proper staffing, residents are certain to suffer. The basic demands of the residents such as feeding, repositioning the resident, giving the proper medications, answering call lights or just making sure a resident has enough water will often not be met if there are not enough staff members in the home. In fact, under-staffing creates a situation that is neither fair for the staff or the residents. As such, when we pursue these cases we always investigate the sufficiency of the services provided at the nursing home. We believe that by answering the question of "why someone was neglected" can often prevent the same unfortunate event from occurring again in the future.
RECOGNIZING THE SIGNS
Physical abuse, psychological abuse, emotional abuse and even neglect are just a few of the forms that Nursing Home mistreatment can take. Clearly, such abuse must be prevented. Both the Federal Government and our state government have enacted legislation to do just that, but it is not always enough. One way that you can prevent Nursing Home Neglect is to remain active in the care of our loved ones and learn how to spot the warning signs.
SIGNS THAT MAY INDICATE ABUSE OR NEGLECT:
- Pressure sores
- Cuts, bruises or discolored skin (often a sign of use of physical restraints)
- Dramatic weight loss
- Abnormally pale or yellow skin
- Poor hygiene (fecal and urine odor, lice, fleas, etc.)
- Other unexplained health problems
These are just a few of the typical signs that often indicate that abuse or neglect is occurring. If you witness any of these warning signs, or your loved one complains of similar issues, do not hesitate to act. These situations do not resolve themselves. You should call a Tennessee Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect attorney today. We can help protect your loved one. Contact our experienced lawyers now and we will work tirelessly to ensure that you and your loved one are justly compensated.
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