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Tragic Death of Patient Provides Prime Example of Nursing Home Negligence

What Happened

An inspection report revealed a shocking level of negligence and mismanagement at a nursing home facility in Madison, Tennessee (TN). The report describes numerous instances in which critically needed medications were delayed, unavailable, or never ordered. This inaction occurred despite clear orders from physicians. If that wasn’t bad enough, in many of these cases, the physicians were never informed that their orders were not followed, thus leaving the patients at further risk, according to The Tennessean.

The consequences of this negligence was crystallized by the tragic death of an unnamed nursing home patients. Just hours  before her death, the patient sat in a room struggling with intense pain while her family pleaded with health care workers to administer painkillers that were ordered by the doctor. What was the response? Well, the nursing home staff told them that the drug was unavailable, even though the family members said they personally delivered the medication to the facility. Just before the patient’s death, a single dose was administered.

The Virginia Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers’ Perspective

The level of negligence at the TN nursing home is simply unacceptable. Unfortunately, this type of rampant disregard for patients and their care is quite common. We’ve heard stories of people who had a loved one in nursing home and were subjected to both physical and emotional abuse, deprivation of food, and/or overmedication.

Potentially Helpful Legal Articles and/or In-Depth Legal Guides

If you suspect that your elderly loved one has been subjected to nursing home abuse or nursing staff negligence, take a moment to download and read our free report on this important safety issue. In addition, a nursing home abuse lawyer with our firm published an in-depth legal article on what steps you can take if you suspect your loved one is being neglected at a nursing home.

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Richard N. Shapiro
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Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Lawyer Serving Va Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake & all of Virginia
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