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My father-in-law died in a nursing home suffering from dementia at the time of his death. The nursing home where he died in my hometown of Pulaski, Tennessee did not contribute to his passing, as far as I know. However, during the last approximate four (4) years of his life he was a nursing home resident, residing in three (3) different nursing homes in those four (4) years.

My wife, her twin sister, and her mother moved my father-in-law from his first nursing location. In hindsight, one of the things I should have done but didn't do as an attorney and son-in-law is hold that nursing home accountable for the sub-standard care he received while there.

Nursing homes, the corporations that own them, and the owners and shareholders thereof are to blame for the injuries suffered like my father-in-law's. The owners and shareholders play a corporate shell game in order to attempt to make it look like the nursing homes don't make a decent profit. However, they do so by also owning and/or controlling affiliated "related businesses" who do business with the nursing homes with "marked up" contracts allowing the owners of these businesses to make larger than usual profits while leaving the nursing home books looking lean. According to some Medicare publications, 11 billion dollars, yes billion, of nursing home spending in 2015 went to "related businesses".

This corporate shell game also makes it hard to collect judgments obtained by the families of injured residents. The "related businesses" can most often only be tagged with a financial loss if the attorney for the family of the injured resident is lucky enough to "pierce the corporate veil" so as to get past the monetary protection provided by a corporation and get to the assets of those truly responsible for the systematic problem that exists. Nursing homes which outsource to "related businesses" most often have fewer nurses and aides per patient, high rates of patient injuries, and greater unsafe standards.

These practices, I have discovered are what led to the source of my father-in-law's injury in which he suffered a horrible bedsore to the foot and ankle. Once discovered, his injury took over a year to recover from during which time this former UT football player lost his ability to walk (which he never regained) but was lucky enough not to lose a foot or portion of his leg. We did not pursue the home for his negligent treatment. Nurses there reluctantly admitted that he was not cared for by being repositioned as he should have been and his dementia kept him from thinking about it.

As he was moved to two (2) other homes, the latter of which he passed away in, I began to realize what had actually occurred. Based on what I have discovered I have committed to help the families of those who deserve care over and above others.

Unfortunately, the State of Tennessee has complicated the process by placing statutory damage caps on the recovery available to families. Also, insurance defense attorneys and the corporations they represent realize that the costs of litigation for families with a nursing home family member resident who has been injured are high. As a result, it is most often less costly to pay insurance premiums, defense attorneys, and corporate salaries to fight these cases than to accept responsibility, provide adequate care for patients, and compensate families for their losses.

If you have a family member injured as a result of nursing home negligence or abuse do not let the nursing home play "hide the ball" and act as if they have done nothing wrong.

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