Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect
In Kentucky, nursing home abuse and neglect are a common occurrence.
Elder abuse or neglect can occur in a number of circumstances and includes emotional abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, as well as financial abuse. The Goldberg Simpson Personal Injury and Medical Negligence Practice attorneys handle all types of Louisville nursing home abuse claims, whether resulting from negligence and intentional wrongdoing or those attributable to:
- hygiene, medical care, and nutrition
- understaffed facilities
- overcrowded facilities
- poor selection and training of personnel
- budgetary constraints
Here are some of the instances where the Goldberg attorneys can be of assistance to Kentucky parties:
- Physical Abuse. Elderly victims of physical abuse and assaults in a nursing facility can result in bruises, lacerations and other forms of injuries. Friends and family should watch for signs of wounds, cuts, fractures or bruises which can be signs of physical assault and battery, or unreasonable use of physical restraints.
- Sexual Abuse. Sexual abuse in Louisville or anywhere in Kentucky can happen in nursing home facilities. These situations often occur where poorly screened staff abuse their power, or where the defenseless elderly victim is overmedicated and unable to protect himself or herself or, in some cases, is mental challenged. Family members should watch for signs of physical assault and battery, sexual assault and battery, rape, molestation, and lack of adequate supervision.
- Emotional Abuse. Emotional abuse of elderly patients in nursing home facilities can take numerous forms including yelling, belittling or even ignoring. This can leave the victims withdrawn, anxious and fearful, and injured.
- Bedsores. Elderly patients in nursing home facilities are prone to developing bedsores – referred to as pressure ulcers. Bedsores are avoidable by moving patients regularly– they result form having been left to lay in bed unattended for too long.
- Improper Hygiene. Poorly maintained nursing homes are the greatest cause for the spread of viruses and bacteria. Elderly patients in nursing home facilities are most vulnerable to poor hygiene environments.
- Dehydration. Complications from dehydration are serious and can be fatal. Family members should be alert: telltale signs of dehydration of elderly patients in nursing homes include dry mouth, cramps, upset stomach and lightheadedness.
- Overmedication. Overmedication of elderly victims in nursing homes is a dangerous practice that will lead to long term complications. Conversely, failure to adhere to medication plans at all is also quite dangerous.
- Malnutrition. Elderly patients in nursing homes receiving insufficient amounts or poor quality of food will likely trigger a host of medical conditions such as bleeding gums, osteoporosis, organ failure and a swollen abdomen.
- Wrongful Death. Death often results from abuse or neglect of elderly patients in nursing homes.
- Financial Abuse. Financial abuse of elderly victims in nursing homes may occur when staff is put in charge of financial resources. This can take the form of embezzlement or over-charging.
If you or a loved one is an elderly abused or neglect victim in a nursing homes in Kentucky, call Goldberg Simpson at 502-589-4440. In these cases, the victim and/or family of the victim may be able to take legal action against the caregiver or facility responsible for causing harm. No time should be wasted in getting the involvement of a knowledgeable attorney if you see signs of abuse or signs of neglect.