The elderly can be targets for mistreatment in nursing homes that lack oversight and accountability, Abuse of your loved one may be the reason to bring a lawsuit. Some of the types of mistreatment that may warrant legal action include:
- Physical abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Psychological abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Financial exploitation
If you believe that your loved one has been the victim of these or any other form of mistreatment in a nursing home, multiple parties could be liable. Call our team at The Cochran Firm – Nashville today at (615) 651-7451 for a free consultation regarding how an Antioch nursing home abuse lawyer may be able to assist you.
Nursing Homes Could Be Accountable for Your Loved One’s Well Being
According to the Tennessee Department of Health, nursing homes fall under the category of “health care facility” and are therefore held to a high standard for quality of care. If a nursing home where your loved one is currently living or has lived in the past fails to provide proper care or protect your loved one from any type of mistreatment, then they could be liable for your loved one’s losses.
Some of the parties that could be responsible for mistreatment of your loved one include:
- The owner of a nursing home
- Administrators who oversee a nursing home’s operations
- Individual staffers responsible for caring for your loved one
- Any residents who participated in the abuse of your loved one
More than one person could be liable for your loved one’s mistreatment, depending on the circumstances under which your loved one was abused, neglected, or exploited.
We Can Help You Prove What Kind of Abuse Your Loved One Suffered
A resident of a nursing home may fall victim to various forms of mistreatment—which may be either intentional or unintentional. Regardless of whether the person responsible for your loved one’s losses intended mistreatment, an elderly person could suffer:
- Significant trauma
- Various health problems that may not have arisen were your loved one treated with the proper care
You may notice symptoms of your loved one’s mistreatment, with such symptoms varying depending on the type of mistreatment that your loved one has suffered. If your loved one has been physically abused or has not received proper care, then you may notice:
- Symptoms of physical trauma (which may include bruises, cuts, burns, or more serious injuries) such as broken bones, internal bleeding, or other injuries that afflict the body’s organs
- Changes in their behavior or demeanor that concern you, such as seemingly out of the blue outbursts or a general turn towards depression
- Signs of anxiety (such as rocking back and forth, chewing their nails, or any other behavior that indicates they are nervous or in fear)
- The presence of bedsores, which may indicate that your loved one is not receiving routine, basic care such as washing and physical exercise
Some of the above symptoms are listed by the National Institute on Aging as possible indications of elder abuse.
If you notice any of these possible symptoms of abuse or neglect—or any other indications that your loved one has been mistreated in their nursing home—then you may want to seek the advice of an Antioch nursing home abuse lawyer. Call our team at The Cochran Firm – Nashville today at (615) 651-7451 to learn more about how we may be able to assist you and your loved one.
For a free legal consultation with a nursing home abuse lawyer serving Antioch, call 615-651-7451
Steps to Take if You Suspect Mistreatment
If you believe that your loved one has been the victim of abuse, neglect, or exploitation in their nursing home, then you may want to:
- Take steps to remove them from the nursing home, if possible
- Call law enforcement to investigate your suspicions of mistreatment
- Speak with a lawyer to explore the possibility of legal action for your loved one’s losses
Your loved one may have already sustained harm—and they may be in danger of sustaining further harm if you do not take the above steps. When it comes to seeking justice for your loved one’s harms, then a lawyer may assist you.
A Lawyer May Lead Your Nursing Home Abuse Lawsuit
Whether your loved one has been abused or endured another form of mistreatment, a lawyer may be able to bring a lawsuit on their behalf. Some of the services that a lawyer may provide for you include:
- Speaking with your loved one if they are able to provide a first-hand account of nursing home abuse or other mistreatment
- Seek evidence of potential wrongdoing by staffers or leadership at the nursing home where your loved one was mistreated
- Speak with experts who specialize in issues pertaining to nursing home abuse, as their testimony could benefit your loved one’s case for compensation
- File your loved one’s lawsuit and handle all subsequent legal requirements to complete the lawsuit
- Defend your loved one’s rights and dignity as they seek to obtain compensation for their losses
Depending on the nature of your loved one’s mistreatment, they could be entitled to compensation covering:
- The cost of the duration of their stay at the nursing home where they were mistreated
- The cost of any medical care required for injuries that are the result of mistreatment
- Pain and suffering they have endured because of mistreatment in the nursing home
If you believe that one or more parties directly harmed your loved one or failed to protect your loved one from harm, then your loved one may be entitled to financial awards for their various losses.
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Call Our Team at The Cochran Firm – Nashville Today
Mr. Johnnie Cochran Jr. was known for fighting for those who have been wronged, and The Cochran Firm – Nashville strives to carry on that legacy to this day. If your loved one has been mistreated by one or more parties associated with a nursing home, then we will fight to seek justice for your loved one.
Call our team at The Cochran Firm – Nashville today at (615) 651-7451 to learn more about how an Antioch nursing home abuse lawyer may be able to assist you.