Yes, the nursing home says it was just an accident. Yes, accidents can and do happen. Yes, elderly people are particularly susceptible to them.
No, you should not just accept this.
The reason you are paying the nursing home is to take care of your elderly loved one. The staff has a duty to prevent accidents from happening. If your loved one has been hurt in an accident or suffered an injury of any kind while in the nursing home's care, you have the right to find out why.
All too often, their injuries are the result of neglect.
We have been handling these cases for long enough to understand the realities of the nursing home industry in Lexington and statewide. Many nursing homes, now often referred to as long-term care facilities, have been purchased by corporations located outside of Kentucky. As the ownership of these organizations has changed, the quality of care has declined.
These facilities are businesses that have a bottom line to look after, and sometimes they spend so much time looking after it that they forget to look after their residents. They cut staff or hire staff without the proper training to meet the needs of residents. As a result, residents start developing bedsores because they have not been moved. Residents suffer broken bones because they have nobody watching them. In the worst cases, it is not just neglect, it is direct abuse from the staff in the form of assaults - verbal, physical and sexual.
Your loved one may be too ashamed to admit that they are being abused or unable to communicate what is happening. Learning to identify the signs is key to determining if they are being harmed or neglected.
Some of the signs of long-term care facility abuse or neglect are:
We want nothing more than to help you keep your loved one safe. Do not hesitate to seek more information about nursing home abuse and neglect, or potential medical malpractice cases.
Schedule a free consultation to speak with a seasoned Lexington attorney by calling 859-254-0024 or contact us online.
Cases are handled on a contingency basis, which means you only pay if we get results.