Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer in Louisville
Is Someone You Love Suffering?
A nursing home or other care facility is the last place you expect a loved one to suffer an injury from neglect or abuse. Placing a loved one in a nursing home is already a difficult decision, but when residents are mistreated and sustain injuries from the people trusted to care for them, it can be emotionally devastating. At Walker Wallace PLC, we are dedicated to keeping abusive and neglectful nursing homes accountable, holding the guilty parties responsible, and seeking compensation on your – or your loved one’s – behalf.
Call (502) 937-1125 today or contact us online if you or someone you love is suffering in a nursing home. We offer free flexible consultations in person or on the phone, and we don’t get paid unless you win.
Types of Nursing Home Neglect
Nursing home neglect is the negligent failure or purposeful refusal of caregivers to provide food, water, clothing, shelter, personal hygiene, medicine, comfort, protection, and other essentials for a person in their care. Nursing home neglect is not only limited to nursing homes, but can also apply to in-home caregivers and people with the fiduciary responsibility to provide adequate care.
Families should look out for the following potential signs of neglect:
- Elder abuse or mistreatment: This includes deliberate acts by a caregiver or other trusted individual who causes harm to an elderly adult. Elder abuse also involves the caregiver failing to provide for the basic needs of an elderly person.
- Bedsores: Also called pressure sores, bedsores develop in persons left in the same place too long by their caregiver.
- Falls: A nursing home resident is more prone to falling. A common reason for falls is staff and management neglect.
- Dehydration and malnutrition: These are signs of an unbalanced diet, poor nutrient absorption, or not getting enough food. Dehydration occurs when a resident does not get enough liquids and his or her fluid loss is more than 3 percent of his or her normal body weight. It may be caused by a decrease in fluid intake, fever, diarrhea, or diuretic-type medications.
- Medication errors: Nursing home staff often negligently commit medication errors, either by giving the wrong dose or wrong medication or by using the wrong method of administration.
- Emotional neglect: Emotional neglect is the failure to offer social interaction by leaving an elderly person alone for lengthy periods.
Helping Families Enforce Nursing Home Laws
Many nursing homes in Louisville and throughout Kentucky simply fail to comply with regulations designed to protect residents, and the number of nursing home residents who suffer personal injuries because of neglect is far too high.
Kentucky law requires nursing homes to comply with many regulations such as:
- Giving residents the right to a dignified existence
- Allowing access to family, friends, and services outside of the facility
- Providing all necessary nursing and medical services
- Refraining from use of physical or chemical restraints
- Providing a safe environment free of hazards
Using our knowledge of nursing home and personal injury laws, we go after negligent nursing homes to stop neglect and obtain compensation for victims and their families. Residents should never have to suffer from neglect while in a nursing home, and you should never lose a loved one because of nursing home negligence.
Before you choose a care facility for a loved one, consult with our nursing home abuse attorneys in Louisville at Walker Wallace PLC. We can provide you a free copy of the latest state nursing home inspection record, which reports details of any complaints filed against the nursing home and the results of investigations into these complaints.
Contact Us Now to Protect Your Loved Ones from Abuse
At Walker Wallace PLC, we do not hesitate to research, investigate, and pursue neglectful nursing home facilities. We care about all nursing home residents and aggressively seek punitive damages against any person or business responsible for neglecting or abusing your family member.