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Tennessee Legislature Attempts To Limit The Rights Of Injured Nursing Home Residents

Rights Of Injured Nursing Home ResidentsLawmakers in Tennessee are attempting to limit the rights of those injured due to nursing home abuse & neglect.  Under a bill proposed by State Senators Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville) and Randy Rinks (D- Savannah), nursing home residents injured or killed due to a facilities poor treatment would be limited to a recovery of $300,000 in non-economic damages.  The bill would also place a cap on punitive damages against nursing homes of $600,000.

This protectionist legislation would provide little incentive for poorly equipped nursing homes to ‘clean up their act.’  Taking the decision making process away from a jury of one’s peers sets a dangerous precedent in an industry riddled with problems related to patient safety.

Read more about this potentially dangerous development impacting Tennessee Nursing Homes here.

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