Families should be able to trust that nursing homes will provide compassionate care for beloved family members who require assisted living. Yet awareness of nursing home abuse has increased in recent years, revealing that negligent or deliberately abusive behavior can occur at even the most highly acclaimed facilities.
If you live in the Louisville, Kentucky, or Jeffersonville, Indiana, areas and believe a family member is a victim of neglect or abuse in a nursing home, the Karl Truman Law Office is here to provide you and your loved one with the help you need. For a free consultation please call (502) 222-2222 in Kentucky or (812) 282-8500 in Indiana today.
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- Nursing Home Neglect
- Nursing Home Abuse
- Theft or Financial Exploitation
- Signs of Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect
- How Our Attorney Can Help
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Nursing Home Neglect
There are different forms of nursing home abuse, from emotional to physical to financial. Nursing home neglect lacks an intent to cause harm, but is still negligent in nature. Nursing home neglect lawsuits against nursing homes and other assisted-living centers often stem from:
- Lack of properly monitoring a nursing home resident
- Lack of security
- Lack of safety bars on the beds, in bathrooms, or in showers/bathtubs
- Not cleaning or changing a nursing home resident often enough
- Failure to provide sanitary living conditions
- Failure to prevent dehydration or malnutrition
- Failure to assist in maintaining personal hygiene
- Failure to properly care for medical conditions
When your loved one is being mistreated, but it doesn’t appear that there was intent to cause harm, this is still something that can cause horrible damage and injury and can require legal action.
Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing home abuse can often be considered medical malpractice. This may occur when an attending healthcare provider causes injury or wrongful death due to negligence, such as administering an incorrect dosage of medication. Here are some examples of nursing home abuse:
- Unlawful restraint or imprisonment
- Physical or sexual assault
- Verbal abuse or mental cruelty
- Purposeful withholding of medication, food, and/or water
- Purposeful failure to provide safe conditions and protect residents
- Any form of medical malpractice in which a resident should have been given care and wasn’t given it or was given insufficient care
Theft or Financial Exploitation in a Nursing Home
Nursing home abuse can also be financial in nature. This can include the outright theft of personal possessions or defrauding a resident of money. Oftentimes, in these cases, a nursing home worker will falsely befriend the nursing home resident and use this relationship to convince them to give them access to their financial information and records for theft or to commit fraud. It can also occur when a nursing home worker steals from a nursing home resident.
Signs of Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect
Nursing home abuse often goes unreported by victims, who may be unable or unwilling to communicate instances of neglect. It is important for family members to watch for signs of nursing home abuse when visiting.
Common symptoms of nursing home neglect and abuse includes:
- Bed sores
- Unexplained injuries
- Sudden weight loss
- Marks on wrists or ankles from physical restraints
- Poor hygiene
- Behavior changes
- Reluctance to talk
- Fear of being left alone
- Dirty clothes or bedding
- Unsanitary living conditions
Because nursing home abuse is often caused by inappropriate safety measures or inadequate patient monitoring, many patients may be suffering or at risk for injury. It is important to act quickly if you suspect a family member is experiencing neglect or abuse in a nursing home or other type of care center.
How Our Lawyers Can Help in a Nursing Home Abuse Lawsuit
If your loved one has suffered negligence, abuse, or even wrongful death at the hands of a nursing home employee, our attorneys can help you get retribution and seek compensation. While it may feel like the last thing of importance after discovering that a person your care about was mistreated, by seeking legal action, our attorneys can help you send the message that this type of treatment isn't acceptable. Furthermore, we can help you get financial compensation to restore your loved one to the care that they deserve. We have decades of experience and successful verdicts for nursing home cases, so please don't hesitate to reach out to our team today.
Contact Our Attorneys in Louisville Today
If you have reason to believe a loved one is a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, please contact the Karl Truman Law Office by calling (502) 222-2222 or toll-free 812-282-8500 today. Our lawyers are proud to fight for the rights of families in the greater Louisville, Kentucky, and Jeffersonville, Indiana, areas. You can reach us by filling out the contact form on this page and we will respond as soon as possible.