Putting a loved one in a nursing home is one of the most difficult decisions many of us will ever make. While we know it will never truly be “home” to them, we expect them to be safe, comfortable, and well taken care of. For most nursing home residents, that is the case: their caretakers take their jobs seriously and want what is best for their patients.
Unfortunately, elder abuse is a real issue, both in Nashville and across the country. If you suspect someone you love has been a victim, do not wait until you have irrefutable proof. Take action right away by speaking out about your suspicions.
At The Cochran Firm - Nashville, we take your case just as seriously as you do. A Nashville nursing home abuse lawyer can look into your situation, conduct an investigation, and help you take action against the responsible parties. If your case is successful, you may be able to receive compensation on your loved one’s behalf.
To learn more about how The Cochran Firm - Nashville can help you pursue a nursing home abuse claim, and to receive a free consultation with a member of our team, call us today at (615) 651-7451.
Types of Nursing Home Abuse
The term “abuse” is often associated with physical violence, but in reality, it can take many forms. Particularly in a nursing home, where most residents are vulnerable and dependent on those charged with their care, abuse casts a wide net.
As a general rule, if you suspect your loved one is being or has been mistreated in any way, you should act on your suspicion rather than waiting for tangible proof. It is ideal to speak up and be wrong than to stay silent while your loved one continues to suffer.
Nursing home abuse can take the following forms:
Physical abuse includes more than violence. If, for instance, a caregiver uses more force than necessary while restraining an agitated patient, they might be guilty of physical abuse. No caregiver should ever put hands on a patient out of frustration or for any reason other than necessity.
Emotional abuse can take many forms, including but not limited to, humiliation, taunting, intimidation, exclusion, and isolation. Caregivers must remember at all times that most of their residents are emotionally vulnerable already. Anything they do to exacerbate these feelings may constitute emotional abuse.
Sexual abuse includes crimes such as rape and sexual assault. However, it can also refer to acts such as indecent exposure, forced viewing of pornography, indecent propositions, and obscene jokes and passing comments.
A caregiver commits financial abuse not only by stealing or committing fraud against a patient, but also by wheedling, cajoling, or begging for money, gifts, or financial support.
Nursing Home Neglect
Your loved one’s caregivers are responsible for a long list of tasks related to their well-being. Depending on how capable and independent your loved one is, their caregivers might be charged with feeding and bathing them, administering medication, and more. If they fail to perform one or more of these tasks on schedule, your loved one could be a victim of nursing home neglect.
Identifying the Responsible Parties
Upon taking your Nashville nursing home abuse case, we will conduct a full investigation and identify every party that may share in the liability. Even if you have singled out one or more caregivers perpetrating the abuse, liability might not end with them. Their managers and bosses, who should have been monitoring their actions, may also be responsible.
We can gather evidence against every party we identify and then work to hold them liable for the damages they have caused.
Some of the responsible parties may include:
If you are aware of a caregiver perpetrating abuse, we can investigate their behavior and collect evidence of their actions.
A Manager or Supervisor
We will look into the manager or supervisor of any caregiver or nursing home employee you suspect has abused or neglected your loved one. They may even be found responsible for abuse or neglect if they knew about these actions but did nothing to stop them.
We can take action against the facility itself, as well as its insurer, if we found that the abuse and neglect happened on the administrative level. For instance, if your loved one suffered abuse or neglect because of understaffing, a Nashville nursing home abuse lawyer may be able to hold the facility responsible for not providing adequate care.
What to Do if You Suspect Abuse
If you suspect a loved one has been abused or neglected in a nursing home in Nashville, take the following steps—even if you lack proof or conclusive evidence of your suspicions.
Report Your Findings to Management
Explain your suspicions to the manager or supervisor overseeing your loved one’s living unit in the facility. If you believe this person is complicit in the abuse or neglect, go above them to the facility owner or manager.
File a Police Report
File a report with the police department that has jurisdiction over the facility.
Contact the Tennessee Commission on Aging & Disability
Visit the Elder Abuse page on the Tennessee Commission on Aging & Disability website and file a report of your findings or suspicions.
Get Help from a Lawyer
A Nashville nursing home abuse lawyer from The Cochran Firm - Nashville wants to help you take legal action against the responsible party or parties. Call us at (615) 651-7451 for a free case evaluation.
A Successful Case Can Get Compensation to Cover Your Damages
If your case is successful, we may be able to secure the following for you and your family:
- Medical expenses to treat any injuries
- Transfer fees to a safer facility
- Pain and suffering and emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
This is not an exhaustive list of the damages you may be able to seek for your losses.
Call The Cochran Firm - Nashville Today
Our team is ready and willing to help injured people get the compensation to which they are entitled. We would be honored to help your loved one seek justice for their abuse or neglect.
For a free Nashville nursing home abuse case evaluation, call The Cochran Firm - Nashville at (615) 651-7451.