Nursing Home Abuse
According to the National Center for Health Statistics, more than 1.5 million people ages 65 and older live in nursing homes. As the "baby-boomer" population continues to grow and fill up local nursing homes, the quality of care for the elderly is pushed to its limits.
It is a sad reality that the elderly can become victims of abuse and neglect while left in the care of nursing home facilities that the families are trusting with their loved ones. With resources stretched to their limit, injuries can and often do occur. A nursing home injury can be physical, mental or financial. In many instances, an injury is preventable and is the direct result of nursing home negligence.
Nursing Home Abuse Warning Signs
Nursing home professionals have a responsibility to provide a standard of care and quality of life to each resident. When these duties are not fulfilled and a resident suffers a nursing home injury, the negligent professional and/or facility can be held liable for those damages.
This list outlines some signs that nursing home abuse or nursing home negligence could be present:
- Bed or pressure sores
- Medication errors
- Inappropriate physical or chemical restraints
- Unhygienic living conditions
- Inadequate staffing or training
In response to widespread concerns, the federal government passed a law called the Federal Nursing Home Care Reform Act. This law created a minimum set of standards regarding the care and rights of people living in nursing home facilities. For information in your state and other nursing home laws, talk to an attorney or lawyer in your home state. In Kentucky, contact attorney Brett H. Oppenheimer at the law office of Brett H. Oppenheimer PLLC. Often legal advice and representation may be the best avenue to pursue.
If you suspect that a loved one is suffering from any form of nursing home abuse, neglect or injury you may wish to explore your legal rights and options. Please contact our Louisville nursing home abuse attorneys to receive a free consultation. Brett and his can help you investigate a nursing home negligence, injury or abuse claim in order to help you recover and make the nursing home facility safer for other residents.
Brett will talk with you and genuinely listen to your concerns free of charge. Brett and his team have experience dealing with nursing home injuries in Kentucky. Let our dedicated team aggressively investigate your allegations.
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