Nursing Home Neglect

Abuse and Neglect in a Nursing Home

When you entrust a loved one to a nursing home’s care, you expect compassionate, respectful treatment.

Most federal and state laws require nursing homes to maintain residents’ highest possible physical & mental well-being.

Nursing home abuse is particularly serious due to the vulnerability of the elderly and other adult residents.

Sadly, reports of residents suffering from malnutrition, dehydration, accidental injuries, bedsores and medication errors happen far too often.

Statute of Limitations

Kentucky allows one year from the date of death to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Though this is not a lot of time, it is important to take action before the evidence is altered or disappears entirely.

Damages

Injured parties may be able to receive compensation for past, present, and future medical bills, lost wages from time off work, diminished capacity to earn, and past and future pain and suffering.

Punitive Damages

Kentucky law allows juries to award punitive damages. Punitive damages are meant to punish behavior that is grossly negligent or unlawful and to dissuade others from the same behavior.

Nursing home abuse can cause more than bodily harm, and all family members deserve compassionate care. Whether a health-care professional’s neglect led to an emotional or a visible injury, the negligent party should be brought to justice.

The following forms of abuse and neglect occurring in nursing homes:

  • Rough handling
  • Use of unnecessary restraints
  • Verbal abuse
  • Improper administration of prescribed medications
  • Failure to attend to adult diapers or bedpans
  • Failure to turn/move bed bound patients to avoid bedsores
  • Failure to assist residents at mealtimes
  • Infrequent bathing
  • Unsanitary living environment

If you suspect that your loved one was harmed in a nursing home, contact Winton & Hiestand Law Group for an immediate consultation.