A nursing home or other care facility is the last place you expect a loved one to suffer an injury from neglect or abuse. Placing a loved one in a nursing home is a difficult decision, but when nursing home residents are mistreated and sustain injuries from the people trusted to care for them, it can be emotionally devastating. At Walker Wallace PLC, we are dedicated to pursuing abusive and neglectful nursing homes, holding the guilty parties responsible and seeking compensation on your – or your loved one’s – behalf.
Types of nursing home neglect in Kentucky
Nursing home neglect is the negligent failure or purposeful refusal of caregivers to provide food, water, clothing, shelter, personal hygiene, medicine, comfort, protection and other essentials for a person in their care. Nursing home neglect is not limited solely to nursing homes but can also apply to in-home caregivers and people with the fiduciary responsibility to provide adequate care. Families should look out for the following potential signs of neglect:
- Elder abuse or mistreatment – Elder abuse and mistreatment includes deliberate acts by a caregiver or other trusted individual who causes harm to an elderly adult. Elder abuse also involves the caregiver failing to provide for the basic needs of an elderly person.
- Bedsores – Bedsores, also called pressure sores, develop in persons left in the same place too long by their caregiver.
- Falls – A nursing home resident is more prone to fall. A common reason for this is staff and management neglect.
- Dehydration and malnutrition – Malnutrition results from an unbalanced diet, the poor absorption of nutrients or merely not getting enough food. Dehydration occurs when a resident does not get enough liquids and his or her fluid loss drops more than three percent of his or her normal body weight. It may be caused by a decrease in fluid intake, a fever, diarrhea or diuretic-type medications. Dehydration and malnutrition can be devastating.
- Medication errors – Nursing home staff often negligently commit medication errors, either by giving the wrong dose or wrong medication or by using the wrong method of administration.
- Emotional neglect – Emotional neglect is the failure to offer social interaction, by leaving an elderly person alone for lengthy periods.
Helping families enforce Kentucky nursing home laws
It’s important to know your rights as a resident. Kentucky law requires nursing homes to comply with many regulations, including that of giving residents the right to a dignified existence, access to family, friends and services outside the facility, all necessary nursing and medical services, and freedom from physical or chemical restraints. Nursing homes must also remain free of accident hazards and provide a safe environment, to name only a few of the requirements.
Many nursing homes in Louisville and throughout Kentucky remain simply fail to comply with regulations designed to protect residents. The number of nursing home residents who suffer personal injuries because of neglect is far too high.
Using our knowledge of nursing home and personal injury laws, we go after negligent nursing homes to stop neglect and obtain compensation for victims and their families. Residents should never have to suffer from neglect while in a nursing home, and you should never lose a loved one because of nursing home negligence.
Before you choose a nursing home for a loved one, consult with our legal team in Louisville at Walker Wallace PLC. We can provide you a free copy of the latest state nursing home inspection record. This report details any complaints filed against the nursing home and the results of investigations into these complaints – and the Kentucky Nursing Home Residents’ Bill of Rights requires it to be made available by the nursing home at no cost to you.
Contact our Louisville office about protecting your family members from abuse
At Walker Wallace PLC, we do not hesitate to research, investigate and pursue neglectful nursing home facilities. If your loved one has been injured or died because of nursing home neglect, contact our Louisville attorneys for a free initial consultation. We care about all residents of nursing homes and aggressively pursue punitive damages against any person or business responsible for neglecting or abusing your family member. You can reach us online by filling out the form below or by phone at 502-937-1125. Or, just stop by our office on St. Andrews Church Road for a free consultation.