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Medical malpractice and nursing homes: Bruises a telltale sign

Many adult children in Tennessee will research and visit nursing homes in their areas to help aging parents find suitable residences in which to spend their later years. It's often a very emotional experience, and those involved are usually concerned with several important issues, most significant of which is personal safety. No one wants a mother or father to spend the final years of life in a place where he or she is at risk for abuse. Although there are high standards and regulations in place to govern such facilities, medical malpractice remains a problematic issue in many areas.

One of the best means for avoiding nursing home abuse is knowing how to recognize possible signs of its occurrence. Sadly, by the time such signs are noticed, some form of neglect or abuse has often already taken place. However, the sooner it's discovered the better in terms of seeking justice and making sure it does not happen again.

If a parent suddenly exhibits a drastic change in attitude or behavior, it may be a sign something is not right. When a parent appears greatly agitated, upset or afraid, it's best to further investigate the situation. Visible signs of injury are also concerning. Unexplained bruises, sprains or lacerations should be questioned to protect a loved one.

Sadly, guilty staff members often talk their way out of allegations by saying a particular resident is often forgetful or makes up fanciful stories due to dementia, etc. An adult child has every right to protect an abused parent. A medical malpractice lawsuit can be filed with the help of a personal injury attorney in Tennessee, when appropriate.

Source: Fox Business, "Signs of Nursing Home Neglect, Abuse", Casey Dowd, Accessed on April 27, 2017

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