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Suit filed against Tennessee care facility

The daughter of a man who died in a long-term care facility in Tennessee has filed a wrongful death suit against the corporation and some of its staff. The woman asserts that physicians and employees at the Life Care Center of America facility, where her father resided, committed medical battery on the man and were negligent in his care. The daughter was designated by the patient as his Tennessee Healthcare Durable Power-of-Attorney in the fall of 2009.

The lawsuit claims that the patient was prescribed and administered anti-psychotic drugs that were inappropriate for his condition of dementia. The drugs were ordered by a nurse practitioner and a physician who have privileges at the facility, and the plaintiff noted that the medications have not been approved by the FDA for dementia. In fact, the drugs that were given to the patient have statements on their labeling that warn against using the medications in patients who are suffering with Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia because they increase the risk of death.

The plaintiff has also claimed that the atypical anti-psychotic drugs were administered to her father without obtaining informed consent, and that he was given medications for conditions that he was not diagnosed with including mental illness and epilepsy. The daughter believes that the drugs were not given to her father to help him, but as chemical restraints.

Senior citizens who are suffering from dementia frequently cannot speak for themselves and are often the victims of medical malpractice. It often takes a watchful family member or a concerned facility employee to advocate for the patient and be a whistle-blower when they uncover nursing home injuries or negligence. A personal injury lawyer could help victims and their families receive compensation for losses that they have incurred due to malpractice.

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