More than 40% of nursing home residents report abuse, and 90% report neglect
Nursing Home Abuse Attorney in Louisville, KY
Nursing home abuse is a serious issue which many people are not aware of, and can have devastating consequences. The legal definition of “nursing home abuse” varies from state to state, but generally includes: physical abuse, sexual abuse, Psychological/emotional abuse, and neglect. Common injuries include bed sores/pressure ulcers, fall related injuries, and infection.
It is important to know your rights and what to do if you suspect that you or a loved one has been abused. If you or someone you love is the victim of nursing home abuse, it is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible.
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Nursing home abuse and neglect is the substandard care provided by the caregivers at a nursing home to their residents. These residents are often elderly, frail, helpless, and dependent on others for their daily needs. Given their age, residents may also have other health conditions that require medical attention, which if not provided per the standard of care can result in further deterioration of their health and well-being. Residents are also vulnerable and can be the subject of abuse, which could be physical (by use of restraints or corporeal punishment), chemical (by use of unnecessary medications), sexual, and/or verbal. Examples of nursing home abuse and neglect include not being provided clean living conditions, not being provided personal hygiene care, not being provided appropriate nutrition, not being provided adequate hydration, not being provided proper medication management, and not being provided a dignified quality of life.
Anybody that participated in the care that led to an injury, whether that be an individual or corporate entity, can be held responsible. Lawsuits are frequently brought against both the facility itself and against the individual medical providers.
A civil lawsuit can be filed against the negligent actors. Under the law, the injured are permitted to claim compensatory damages and in certain circumstances even ask for punitive damages to be awarded. In those circumstances where the loved one dies as a result of wrongdoing, the personal representative of the deceased’s estate can file a lawsuit. A spouse may also have a separate loss of consortium claim.
Depending upon the circumstances, an elderly person may be able to bring a claim against a caretaker, facility, or both. We will thoroughly investigate the case to identify all of the responsible parties.
Just like nursing home residents, there are many other populations of individuals that face similar
situations. Other types of facilities where vulnerable individuals are injured because of sub-standard care can include assisted-living communities, behavioral centers, memory care facilities, long-term acute care facilities, and rehabilitation facilities. The attorneys at Abaray Craddock & Smith, PLLC, will be the voice for the vulnerable and victims of abuse and neglect.
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