Sending a loved one to a nursing home can be a very difficult thing to do. After all, you want to make sure they are loved and cared for at their new home. And despite the significant number of well-run nursing facilities, there are, unfortunately, some centers that cut corners and compromise treatment.

These cuts and compromises, among many others, leave the adults in need of the greatest care vulnerable to serious neglect and abuse. If you suspect any form of nursing home abuse, contact The Sexton Law Firm today for help. Our experienced legal team can make sure the abuse or neglect ends and your loved one is cared for. We can also help ensure a fair settlement is paid for the suffering endured.

Forms Of Nursing Home Abuse

Nursing home neglect can take many forms. Any harm or pain intentionally inflicted on a resident in a nursing home is considered abuse. Abuse may be inflicted by a facility employee, a visitor, another resident or an intruder. Often, it includes, but is not limited to:

  • Physical abuse: hitting, slapping, punching, scratching, pinching, pushing, force-feeding
  • Psychological or emotional abuse: belittling, embarrassing, yelling, using foul language, ignoring, threatening, depriving, punishing
  • Sexual abuse: inappropriate touching, coercing to perform sex acts
  • Theft of money or property: stealing or embezzling, failing to put a resident's funds in separate interest-bearing accounts when required

Unfortunately, many instances of nursing home abuse and neglect are never reported due to residents suffering from dementia or fear of retaliation. Not only do residents fear for themselves, but often they are also afraid of burdening their loved ones by revealing the abuse they are experiencing.

Signs Of Nursing Home Neglect

Signs of nursing home neglect or abuse in Tennessee include:

  • Inexplicable or recurring instances of cuts, burns, bruises or fractures in different stages of healing
  • Venereal disease or infection; bleeding or bloody, torn underclothing
  • Frozen joints or bed sores
  • Mysterious or sudden behavioral changes
  • Visitors being denied or experiencing delays when visiting residents
  • Visitors not being allowed to be alone with residents
  • Residents kept overmedicated
  • Unexplained or abrupt changes in banking activity or wills and other documents

At The Sexton Law Firm, we often take nursing home abuse cases on a contingency basis, which means we don't get paid until the case is successfully resolved. Call us today at 865-297-5242 to speak to an experienced nursing home abuse attorney in Knoxville, Tennessee, or fill out our online quick contact form. We're here to help!