February 14, 2011
An employee at a Kingsport, Tennessee nursing home pleaded guilty to nursing home abuse involving stealing pain medicine from residents at the home where he worked. He was sentenced to five years of supervised probation.
The man pleaded guilty to willful abuse of an adult, obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, and theft $500 or less. His probation comes with several conditions and he was denied judicial diversion meaning his crimes against the elderly will stay on his record.
Nursing home workers stealing medication from residents is one of the many forms of nursing home abuse. In the case of this man, the people he was responsible for were deprived of the pain medicine they needed, causing them undue pain and suffering. In cases such as these, it is important that family of an abused loved one contact a nursing home abuse lawyer to discuss what legal action can be taken. This will help bring some justice to the victim as well as help stop abuse from recurring.