Physical abuse and neglect is rampant in American nursing homes. Battery is the most obvious type of physical abuse, but this crime can also include putting the patient in excessive restraints or physically confining residents for no valid reason. It is surprising to some that physical abuse in nursing homes is easily hidden. Very often, nursing home staffs will explain away injuries by claiming a victim has fallen – not an uncommon occurrence among elderly people. Even if they are explained, frequent bruises, cuts, sprains or factures could be a sign of abuse. And it is important to know that sometimes a nursing home resident will concur with the staffs’ explanation of an injury simply because they have been intimidated into doing so. There are many reasons cited for this epidemic of physical abuse in nursing homes. The National Center on Elder Abuse says that the hiring of poorly trained and underpaid workers, together with rampant understaffing, is partly to blame for nursing home abuse. Only 41 states require that nursing home workers undergo criminal background checks, and the poor pay often leads nursing homes to hire staff with unsavory histories. Understaffing can also take a toll on workers, causing them to lose patience with difficult residents. But whatever the cause, any form of nursing abuse is inexcusable and should not be tolerated. Physical abuse in a nursing home robs already vulnerable people of their sense of security and turns their last years into a nightmare. If someone you love has been subjected to physical abuse in a nursing home they may be entitled to compensation. Please fill out the form at the right for a free case review by an attorney.
North Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee lawyer Thomas Waitt Pleasant helps people who have been hurt by the errors and mistakes of hospitals, doctors, physicians, nurses and other health care providers. If you have a medical malpractice or medical negligence case, attorney Pleasant can help you in Knoxville, Nashville, Atlanta, Raleigh, Charlotte, Wilmington, Fayetteville, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Greenville, Asheville, or other areas.
Pleasant Law, PLLC can help you in Georgia, North Carolina, or Tennessee with birth injury negligence cases involving like cerebral palsy due to medical negligence. Cerebral Palsy is a type of brain damage often caused at or near birth. Although the term "cerebral palsy" can mean many different types of problems with the muscles, the actual disability starts in a person's brain. Brain injury during the early development of the brain generally causes damage to the brain which, in turn, causes cerebral palsy symptoms. This usually happens around the time of birth. Cerebral palsy can make it difficult for a person to control and/or maintain certain body movements. For example, natural muscle actions/movement, muscle weakness, and tense muscles. Reflexes, speech, fine motor skills, posture and balance can also be damaged.
Cerebral Palsy can result from lack of oxygen, which is sometimes the result of the hospital labor and delivery staff's failure to properly monitor fetal heart rate. This failure may cause the labor and delivery team, including the obstetrician physician or other hospital staff to fail to timely call for/perform a c-section delivery.
If you have been injured in an accident in Georgia, North Carolina or Tennessee call Thomas Pleasant for an evaluation of your personal injury case. If you have been injured through no fault of your own, you are entitled to compensation. If you are having problems getting a fair settlement from the insurance company for your injuries, including your pain and suffering, and medical bills, Thomas Pleasant can help. Contact Pleasant Law, PLLC, before you speak with an insurance company representative, or sign anything.
Thomas W. Pleasant handles insurance matters in North Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia. Some states, including North Carolina, provide clear statutory/legal standards for insurance company behavior, providing you with protection from unfair claims handling. If you feel your insurance company is unfairly or wrongly denying or delaying your claim, you might have an unfair claims practices insurance claim, and Thomas Waitt Pleasant might be able to help you get what you deserve. Insurance companies play a numbers game. Figuring that only a small percentage of people will dispute the insurers’ decisions, they often deny valid claims or offer smaller settlements that what is fairly warranted. These unfair insurance practices are illegal in North Carolina, but you’ll need an attorney to prove your case. Attorney Thomas Waitt Pleasant handles insurance claims. Contact Thomas Pleasant today for a free consultation.
Pleasant Law, PLLC handles securities and investment arbitrations nationwide (subject to certain restrictions and admission requirements), including North Carolina. Your investment advisor, financial planner, investment broker or stock broker may have engaged in improper conduct with respect to your investments, including: Overconcentration of certain types of investments, Recommending unsuitable investments based on your risk tolerance or investment goals,Fraud or misrepresentation, Failure to act in the investor's best interest, Failure to disclose conflicts of interest. In some cases, the products being sold or recommended to investors are simply bad investment products. If you have suffered losses related to any of the following financial or investment products, contact Pleasant Law, PLLC: Variable Annuities,High Yield Bond Funds,Exchange Traded Funds, Mortgage Backed Securities, UBS/Lehman Brothers Prinipal Protected Notes, Citigroup/Smith Barney Asta Mat Five Funds, or other investments.
Medical and Nursing Home Injury and Wrongful Death Attorney
When those who hurt others (or their insurance companies) don't treat their victims fairly or take full responsibility, juries, courtrooms and arbitration hearing rooms may be necessary to ensure justice is done. There are safety principles and rules that apply to all of us in various situations, and accountability is important when those rules are not followed and someone is harmed. Accountability leads to increased care and responsibility. It leads to change. It makes medicine and health care safer. It makes dealing with insurance companies more fair.
Many doctors, nurses, and nursing homes do heroic things. We admire them for their care, skill and education. Insurance companies serve a critical function in our social and economic systems. In some cases, though, certain companies and people don't follow the rules and people get hurt (sometimes physically, sometimes economically, and sometimes both). Many times, the hurt could have been easily avoided. Many times, unfortunately, the hurt is clearly due to systemic and widespread problems that are the result of blind devotion to profits over people.
I work for those who have been injured (physically, emotionally, or financially) by the wrongdoing of others. I am committed to my clients' personal injury and wrongful death cases, whether they arise from insurance company claim disputes, automobile/trucking accidents, nursing home abuse/neglect, medical negligene and errors, or other accidents; and I am willing to take those cases to trial, if necessary and appropriate to achieve a fair result. I am AV (Preeminent) Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, and provide personal and intense attention to my clients' matters. Whether an insurance law dispute, injury or death resulting from nursing home abuse, medical error, surgery error, or a failure to diagnose a dangerous or deadly condition; I will do my best to help and resolve my clients' matters favorably.
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Headquartered in Wilmington, North Carolina, attorney Thomas Pleasant is licensed and works throughout the states of North Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia.
Responsive Legal Help When You Need It Most
If you, a family member, or a friend needs responsive legal services to pursue a claim to which you’re entitled, please contact Pleasant Law, PLLC as soon as possible. I provide free consultations in many cases, and legal fees are most often on a contingency basis. That means there are no attorney fees unless you recover.