As we've said before, visiting your loved one in his or her nursing home is almost certainly the best way to spot the signs of nursing home abuse. But in the tragic event that you believe you've spotted such signs, what should you do? Who should you call? What are your options in the Chattanooga area?
It's important not to panic. Identifying the signs of nursing home abuse is the first step to protecting your loved one and ending the abuse. Take a minute to think through your options before you act.
Herbert Thornbury, our experienced Chattanooga nursing home abuse attorney, recommends you take the following steps if you suspect nursing home abuse:
- If there is no immediate danger, talk to the facility's administrators and present your evidence. In some cases, the abuse is caused by a rogue staffer, and the administration can take action immediately.
- If the administration is not pro-active in addressing the abuse, contact Tennessee's Adult Protective Services group. You can view their website here.
- Finally, you should call Mr. Thornbury as soon as possible. Quickly getting an experienced lawyer on the case can make all the difference. We can take steps to protect your loved one and pursue justice and compensation.
Again, we know just how devastating it is to discover evidence of abuse or neglect. However, it's important to remember that the steps you take upon making this discovery could resonate for years to come. Take the right steps to protect your family member and his or her legal rights.
If your family member has suffered abuse or neglect in a Chattanooga, Tennessee-area nursing home, please call Herbert Thornbury, Attorney at Law today at 423-443-3973 for a free consultation.