The recent indictment of three former caregivers of a Brownsville facility on charges ranging from criminal abuse to wanton endangerment has sparked questions over treatment provided to seniors at long-term care centers. A Kentucky nursing home abuse lawsuit filed by one of the dozens of residents abused by the three claims “physical and mental abuse leading to causing injury, pain, suffering, extreme anguish and distress” that had negative effect on his health.
According to reports, residents in every third nursing home live in the shadow of potential abuse. Understaffing and urge to make money are turning nursing homes to worst places for aging people. They not only betray our trust that they have better facilities, but also breach their own duty of care and service. In October 2014, Extendicare Health Services, one of the largest care center operators in the country, paid $28 million to settle a nursing home abuse lawsuit involving its 33 centers in Kentucky and seven more states.
Kentucky Nursing Home Abuse Constitutes Breach of Trust
Kentucky nursing home abuse lawyers representing residents subject to ill-treatment or their families seeking liability, often demand punitive damages for breach of trust. The long-term care facilities are allegedly designed to provide a healthy and safe life for eldery, ill people until their natural death. Family members send their elders to these nursing homes expecting that they will receive better care and attention there. However, deficiencies in services trap the elderly in abuse, neglect, depression, and fatal medical conditions belying the trust of their families.
Residents also expect Kentucky nursing homes to protect them from abuse and ill-treatment while providing a safe, secure, and attentive ambience to live. They want a better life with full dignity, respect, and on-time medical state. But the absence of adequate staff, notorious food, hygienic conditions, and proper clothes cause them to suffer from diseases. Fatal bedsores and slip and fall accidents, attributed to negligent care, are often subjects of Kentucky nursing home abuse lawsuits.
Nursing Homes Violating Duty To Care
Nursing homes in county owe a duty of care toward their residents. Care centers are obliged to
- ensure physical and psychological safety of inmates
- protect them from wrongful death
- provide them a secure, accident-free environment
- offer adequate medical care whenever needed to keep them healthy
- keep them free from mental stress
- provide supervision, old-age equipment, and personal assistance
- respect their privacy, visitation, and other rights granted by Kentucky Residents’ Rights Statute
- avoid wanton endangerment, excessive restraint, financial exploitation, and passive behavior that would have a bearing on residents
Any violation of these essential components of service by a Kentucky nursing home constitutes abuse and neglect and punishable under the tort law, which empowers state authorities to investigate and prosecute the erring staff and facilities on criminal charges. The aggrieved residents or their relatives are at liberty to file civil Kentucky nursing home lawsuits and demand recovery of costs, medical expenses, and other economic losses as well as punitive damages.
We offer aid, advice, and assistance to victims of nursing home abuse and their families seeking to file claims against nursing homes in Kentucky. If you have reasons to believe that a resident is subject to abuse at a nursing home in Kentucky, please contact us or call on 1-866-447-0150 to discuss the best course of action.