When family members place their loved ones in nursing homes, they expect them to be treated with as much care as possible. Unfortunately, that is not always the case, and some elderly patients fall victim to nursing home abuse in Tennessee facilities. In one out-of-state case, a family was awarded over $1 million after a lawsuit was successfully presented.
The daughters of a former patient of a nursing home filed a suit against the facility claiming nursing home abuse. After the daughters became suspicious that their mother’s belongings were being stolen, they installed a hidden camera in her room. The hidden camera revealed that the staff workers were manhandling her. In the incidents, the staff members were shown pushing her head down and trying to stop her from breathing.
In addition, camera footage also showed an employee forcing gloves into the patient’s mouth. The facility terminated the employees who were involved, and there are also pending criminal charges. When the jury deliberated in this case, they determined that the nursing home was liable for the abuse and negligence. No other information about this matter was reported.
It is terrifying for family members to learn that their loved ones are victims of nursing home abuse. This is especially true since staff members have the duty to adhere to the appropriate standards of care to patients. Families or patients who were victims of abuse have the right to file nursing negligence claims in civil courts. An experienced personal injury attorney in Tennessee can help guide individuals through the process and answer any questions they may have.
Source: drugwatch.com, “Jury Awards Family $1.2 M in Nursing Home Abuse Case“, Michelle Llamas, Feb. 20, 2015