The decision to have a loved one placed in the care of others is not taken lightly. We trust nursing homes and their employees to take care of people who are no longer able to take care of themselves. When the individuals who work for these facilities abuse residents, they need to be held accountable for their actions. Our compassionate nursing home negligence lawyers can advise victims of abuse in Nashville and elsewhere in Tennessee. At Martin Heller Potempa & Sheppard, PLLC, we are committed to helping injured people and their families seek the help they need and the justice they deserve.Holding Individuals and Facilities Accountable for Physical Abuse
As the number of elderly individuals rises, so does the population requiring assisted care. This means that there is an increased potential for abuse and negligent actions on behalf of these facilities and their workers. Physical abuse occurs when a staff member inflicts intentional bodily harm, pain, or another type of suffering on a nursing home resident. There are many types of this reprehensible conduct, such as improper medication, overmedication, hitting, kicking, punching, force-feeding or denying food, or mishandling or unnecessarily restraining residents.
Although it is considered the “easiest” form of abuse to recognize for nursing home residents, physical abuse still may be difficult to detect if patients are not able to come forward or communicate, the physical signs are not readily visible, or a nursing home resident does not see visitors often enough. Some signs of physical abuse are readily apparent, such as bruising, broken bones, or another serious injury. However, there may be other, more subtle signs, such as changes in a resident’s personality, unexplained conditions, and staff not allowing a resident to visit with others by themselves. If you believe a loved one is being abused by a nursing home employee, it is important to consult a knowledgeable attorney who can assist you in investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident and what may have caused it.
Under the Tennessee Adult Protection Act (TAPA), victims may seek compensation for abuse that occurs in nursing homes. When physical abuse occurs, individual staff members as well as the facilities and staffing agencies that employ them can potentially be held liable for damages. Nursing homes or staffing agencies also may be held directly liable if they fail to conduct proper background checks for their staff or otherwise allow unqualified individuals to care for elderly patients. Compensation available to victims who have suffered physical abuse in a nursing home or an assisted living facility often includes past and future medical expenses and pain and suffering. In some situations, punitive damages may be awarded to punish an individual or facility for conduct that was particularly egregious.Contact a Nashville Lawyer to Seek Compensation for Injuries
If you or a loved one has suffered physical abuse while in the care of a nursing home in Nasvhille or the surrounding area, the injury attorneys at Martin Heller Potempa & Sheppard PLLC can help you determine your legal course of action. We also offer zealous representation to residents of Franklin and other communities across Davidson and Williamson Counties, including in Hillsboro Village, Brentwood, and Hermitage. If you need guidance regarding any kind of nursing home abuse or negligence matter, contact us online or call us at 615-800-7096 to set up a consultation.