Gladstein Law Firm provides experienced legal representation to the victims of nursing home negligence and abuse in Kentucky.
According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS), 33 percent of nursing home residents suffer injuries while under supervised care. Over half of these injuries are “clearly or likely preventable,” and an even greater portion result directly from improper or inadequate medical care. These are startling figures and yet they shed light on just how critical it is for elderly victims and their families to stand up for their rights and fight back against abuse. Ignoring a red flag or assuming that your loved one’s treatment is “normal” will only allow the situation to worsen, resulting in additional pain, suffering, medical expenses, and other losses.
At Gladstein Law Firm, we provide thorough and effective representation for victims of nursing home negligence and abuse. If you or an elderly family member is suffering, due to inadequate or improper treatment in a nursing home facility, you are entitled to a financial recovery for your losses. We are here to help make sure that you receive the care, compassion, and compensation that you deserve.
To schedule a free, private appointment with a Kentucky nursing home abuse attorney, contact us today by calling (800) 991-0474 or filling out our short contact form.
Warning Signs for Nursing Home Negligence
No one ever expects to be a victim. As a result, many nursing home patients and their families may struggle to identify whether injuries are simply part of growing older or if they are victims of negligent and/or abusive care. In determining whether you or your loved one may be a victim, there are a few warning signs that you can keep in mind. Even if you are not sure whether you and your family are being affected by nursing home abuse or neglect, attorney Seth Gladstein can fully investigate your situation and assess whether you may have a claim for financial compensation.
Symptoms and Injuries Caused by Negligent and Abusive Nursing Home Care
Of course, the most obvious signs of negligence and abuse appear when you or your loved one suffers medical complications or injuries. In the context of nursing homes, the following are all common signs of abuse and neglect:
- Difficulty healing or recovering from injuries and illnesses
- Emotional deterioration
- Injuries consistent with physical or sexual abuse
- Injuries from restraints
- Injuries from falls, such as broken bones and severe contusions
- Mood swings
- Pressure ulcers (bedsores)
- Significant weight loss
- Sudden financial loss
- Sudden changes in personality
- Tension and anxiety
- Trouble breathing
- Wandering and elopement
- Weight loss
This does not mean that all individuals who suffer from these conditions have been abused or neglected. However, without a medical explanation for an unexpected change in an elderly individual’s condition or behavior, it may be time to speak with a lawyer about your situation. With our free consultation with a Louisville personal injury lawyer, you have nothing to lose – and everything to gain – if it turns out that something is wrong.
Why Nursing Home Neglect & Abuse Happen
Nursing home neglect and abuse is a national issue – but why does it happen over and over again? While there are dozens of ways that nursing home living can lead to neglect and abuse, there are a few central problems that we see again and again:
- Inadequate staffing. By law, nursing homes are required to have adequate numbers of nurses and other staff members to provide competent care. However, when they place more importance on the bottom line than on patient care, personnel costs are often the first to go. This misguided decision-making leads to inadequate staffing – which puts residents at risk for errors, abandonment, and neglect.
- Failure to follow care plans. Federal law also requires nursing homes to develop and continuously implement care plans for their patients. These government-mandated plans are intended to establish mutual expectations based on patients’ needs and hold nursing homes accountable for ensuring that those needs are met. If your loved one’s care plan is not being followed, or if your loved one does not have a care plan, you may be receiving inadequate or inappropriate care.
- Inadequate training and poor hiring practices. It is a sad truth that nursing home staff members are often not paid a high wage – and that they often are not properly vetted or trained by the facility that hires them. The result of these facts is that your loved one may be receiving care from someone who, for example, may not know how to properly monitor, lift, medicate, or feed residents. In the worst cases, your loved one may be cared for by someone with a criminal past, someone who is addicted to drugs, or someone who is looking for an opportunity to financially abuse a senior.
- A dangerous nursing home environment. All too often, nursing homes are businesses whose first priority is making money, not caring for the elderly. This means that they will cut corners whenever and wherever they can, even at the cost of their residents’ health and safety. Nursing homes that are dirty and unmaintained, nursing homes that lack proper safety features (such as railings), and nursing homes that do not provide nutritious food are all places that are hotbeds of neglect and abuse.
Common Examples of Nursing Home Negligence and Abuse
Broadly speaking, nursing home negligence occurs any time a nursing home or one of its employees fails to meet the accepted standard of care, resulting in harm to a resident. Negligence can take many forms, but nursing home injuries tend to result from a number of common and recurring examples of improper care. These include:
- Clogged breathing tubes
- Delayed response to ventilator alarms and other monitoring failures
- Failure to diagnose medical conditions requiring treatment
- Failure to provide timely meals and support
- Financial exploitation
- Inadequate security
- Inadequately trained staff
- Isolation and abandonment
- Medication errors
- Physical abuse
- Psychological abuse
- Repeated falls and fall-related injuries
- Sexual abuse
- Unsafe and unreasonable restraints
- Unexplained weight loss
It is important to note that certain individuals – such as those suffering from dementia or those who rely on others to administer their medications – may be particularly susceptible to negligence or abuse. If you have questions about additional steps that you can take to avoid dangerous situations in nursing homes, we can help.
What to Do if You Suspect Nursing Home Negligence
If you suspect that you or your elderly family member may be a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, or you suspect that your elderly family member has been neglected or abused in the past, you should seek help right away. Make sure that you have copies of your records and seek prompt treatment for any injuries or illnesses requiring medical care. You should avoid discussing your concerns with anyone at the nursing home – we will do that for you when the time is right. First, we should sit down to discuss your situation and develop a plan for seeking just compensation for your injuries and losses.
Speak with Attorney Seth Gladstein Today
At Gladstein Law Firm, we are passionate about helping victims of nursing home negligence stand up for themselves and get back on the road to living a safe, comfortable, and healthy life. We have helped numerous individuals throughout Kentucky – many of whom have been in situations that are likely very similar to yours. The most important thing that you can do is to talk to an experienced personal injury lawyer about your concerns. Louisville nursing home neglect attorney Seth Gladstein will listen to you, help you understand your options, and then fight on your behalf.
To get started, contact our Louisville, KY law offices today. Call (800) 991-0474 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.
*Each case is different and the past record is no assurance that we will be successful in reaching a favorable result in any future case. Client pays costs only upon recovery.