What is nursing home abuse or neglect?
Any action, passive or active, by caregivers endangering physical and psychological wellbeing of a resident is considered an instance nursing home abuse or neglect in Kentucky. Abuse can be physical, mental or psychological, while neglect is much broader and includes almost all types of actions detrimental to human and legal rights of residents to lead a safe and dignified life.
What should I do when there is an indication of abuse or neglect?
If you have sufficient reason to believe that there is an act of abuse or negligence at a Kentucky nursing home, contact local enforcement agencies. The KRS Chapter 209 empowers you to submit a written or oral complaint with the following offices.
- Local police or call 911.
- Adult Protective Services at 1-800-752-6200
- The Inspector General’ office at 502-564-7963
- The Attorney General at 877-ABUSE-TIP (877-228-7384)
Alternatively, consult with a nursing home abuse lawyer in Kentucky and inquire about a civil action under Kentucky state law. You complaint with state agencies may result in an investigation and potential prosecution or penalty. However, a civil action through a nursing home abuse lawsuit allows you to seek compensation and punitive damages.
What are the rights of Kentucky nursing home residents?
The state law assures a list of comprehensive rights to nursing home residents in Kentucky. KRS 216.520 to 216.530 defines such rights as well as responsibilities of caregivers. Read the page to know the details.
Will the resident face retaliation if I complain?
The fear is understandable and retribution may become a reality. But if you remain silent, he or she may be subject to more abuse or neglect and the perpetrators may be encouraged to do the same with other residents. Consult with a nursing home abuse lawyer in Kentucky to know what options you have. Voice your complaints and move the resident to another safer facility.
How can a Kentucky nursing home abuse attorney help me?
With criminal prosecutions not frequent, you need the help of a nursing home abuse attorney in Kentucky. Well versed in legal provisions related to such cases, he or she is the right person to advise on possible civil options you have and how to proceed. You may get all your questions answered satisfactorily. Aware of how such claims can yield positive results, the lawyer also assists in planning and collecting extensive evidence and expert disposition to reinforce the plaintiffs’ position.
Assistance of a specialist Kentucky nursing home abuse lawyer also becomes handy in countering legal and medical complexities and excuses and defenses of the accused. He can be an asset during both trial and settlement.
How much a lawyer charge to fight a lawsuit over nursing home case?
We offer free consultations and fight your nursing home negligence lawsuit without charging any upfront fee. Pay us only after you win or settle the claim. We fight the case on our own for you and assure you a strong chance to win compensation.
How long does a lawsuit or settlement take?
Depending on various legal and other factors, it may take two to three years for a nursing home abuse lawsuit in Kentucky to be litigated. Every case, however, is different. Some cases resolve within months.
What is the Kentucky statute of limitations for filing a nursing home lawsuit?
The state law allows a one year time limit for filing of a legal claim against a Kentucky nursing home, although there are exceptions. You should consult with an attorney for an answer to his question for your particular situation.
Can I sue on behalf of a deceased resident?
Yes, you likely can. A majority of nursing home neglect lawsuits filed in Kentucky courts involve wrongful death claims.
What are the different types of legal proceedings involving claims against a nursing home?
- Fines after adult protective services found evidence against the care facility
- Criminal proceedings following an investigation by state authorities.
- Civil action seeking remedial damages
How do I get started?
Call us at 1-866-447-0150 or contact us to know about legal options to seek financial and non-financial compensation against nursing home negligence in Kentucky.