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Nursing home neglect and the harm it could bring about

Having to place someone close into a long-term care facility can be a stressful experience. Those who relinquish the care of loved ones to a nursing home in Tennessee generally expect them to receive a certain quality of care. While most facilities may practice the utmost diligence in caring for patients, some may fall short of what is expected. Nursing home neglect can take a variety of forms, each of which could have a devastating impact on the life of a patient.

Patients who reside in care facilities may require constant monitoring and care, and failure to provide the necessary treatment can be disastrous. Negligence in the treatment of a patient can cause health conditions to deteriorate rapidly or even bring about new medical issues that could have dire consequences, potentially leading to severe harm or an untimely death. Unfortunately, there are a variety of scenarios in which a patient may experience neglect in a nursing home.

In some cases, a patient could be subjected to neglect in facilities that struggle with organization and staffing. Similar issues can lead to a lapse in communication concerning the medical needs of each patient. Lacking the information required to provide patients with the proper treatment or having insufficient staff on hand to watch over them could cause them to suffer unnecessary harm to health.

Nursing home neglect is a major concern for many families. Those with loved ones who have suffered under similar circumstances may wish to pursue accountability in civil court, but they may need assistance in the process. By consulting with an experienced attorney, a person in Tennessee could obtain assistance in pursuing the full amount of restitution achievable through a claim against the party or parties deemed responsible.

Source: Forbes, "How Nursing Homes Can Destroy Families", Jeanne Croteau, April 28, 2018

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