Sadly, this is not the case from time to time—nursing home abuse and neglect can occur when employees perform their job inadequately or recklessly. These incidents can lead to issues like bedsores, slip and falls and the improper distribution of medication. Additionally, employee-related incidents can lead to physical and sexual abuse.
Unfortunately, WZTV-TV reported recently that 25 nurses in Tennessee are facing the loss of their licenses and fines after they were discovered to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs at work.
The station reported that the issue has become a big enough problem that the state’s health department was going to setup a program to help addicts who are involved in healthcare. As we noted recently, prescription drug abuse has now surpassed alcohol abuse as the primary source of addiction related injuries and deaths in Tennessee.
A study done by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing indicated that substance abuse rates among nurses and the general population are about the same, but nurses are at a higher risk of abusing prescription drugs, according to WZTV.
Should I Call a Lawyer If My Loved One Is Injured in a Nursing Home?
Our Nashville injury attorney takes nursing home neglect and abuse cases very seriously, as our society should not tolerate the disregard of its most vulnerable members.
If your loved one has been injured because of neglect or recklessness at a nursing home, call us today. We fight for the fair treatment of residents, as your loved one deserves respect from all employees. Call (615) 690-2080 to schedule a free case review.
“Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak: for your work shall be rewarded.” – 2 Chronicles 15:7