Kentucky ranks near the bottom nationally in the quality of care it provides to the elderly and frail in its nursing homes, according to Families for Better Care. The resident advocacy group gave Kentucky a “D” in its latest annual nursing home report card and ranked the state No. 40 nationally. Unfortunately, neglect of nursing home residents’ basic rights and needs is simply far too common within the state.
If your loved in a nursing home who has suffered harm due to neglect, contact a nursing home abuse lawyer to receive a free consultation. We can investigate your family member’s case and help you to assess your legal options. Our firm serves clients in Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee as well.
Nursing home “abuse” is the term used to refer to the intentional harm of nursing home residents. A staff member hitting or sexually assaulting an elderly resident or stealing the resident’s money or possessions would be examples of abuse.
Neglect is different. At its core, it is a type of carelessness or complete disregard for residents’ health and safety. It may be either intentional or unintentional misconduct.
Examples of nursing home neglect include the failure to:
Where these and other forms of neglect exist, residents face the risk of suffering catastrophic injuries and physical and mental pain and suffering. Residents may suffer bedsores, dehydration, malnutrition, fall injuries, heart attacks or strokes. Some may die from neglect.
If you suspect neglect of your loved one in a Kentucky nursing home, you can anonymously report the case to local law enforcement as well as the following agencies:
You should also contact an attorney with experience in this important area of the law. You may be able to file a legal claim based on the violation of your loved one’s rights as a nursing home resident and the harm he or she has suffered.
To prevail in a nursing home negligence claim, you would need to establish that the nursing home:
An attorney with experience investigating nursing home neglect cases will know how to collect the evidence that is needed to establish these basic elements of a legal claim. This evidence may include medical records, reports, e-mails, video footage and witness statements.
If a valid nursing home negligence claim is established, the victim and his or her family may recover damages that compensate for:
A Becker Law Office attorney will thoroughly prepare your case for settlement and seek a full recovery on behalf of your loved one and your family. We make sure to prepare each nursing home neglect case as if it is heading to court in order to give us leverage in negotiations.
Becker Law Office wants to help you to stop the mistreatment of your loved one and play a role in forcing Kentucky nursing homes to provide the care that elderly and frail residents deserve. To schedule a free discussion of your suspected nursing home neglect case, call us or contact us online today.
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