Recurrent complaints of nursing home medical neglect throughout the United States underline the persistent violation of human rights of elder residents. In Kentucky, where nursing homes are ranked “second worst,” the problem is proving deadly for about 27,000 residents living in around 280 care centers. Insufficient, improper, and delayed medical care have been cited for death and loss of limbs of many residents.
A nursing home medical neglect lawsuit filed a few years ago highlighted how a slip and fall accident victim was not provided treatment on time and left to cry in pain for hours. She ultimately died of infection attributed to urine passage into her previous wounds. In June 2015, a Paducah nursing home employee was arrested for stealing pain medication prescribed to a resident. She did not administer the drug to the intended patient over a period of time.
In another incident, a Portland man has filed a nursing home medical neglect lawsuit claiming that inadequate treatment forced the amputation of his infected penis. A few days ago, the lack of proper care and medical treatment led to death of a man at a California nursing home.
What is nursing home medical neglect?
Medical neglect by a nursing home can take different forms, such as
- no timely medical screening and delayed treatment
- inadequate medical care and medical aids
- absence of on-time medication or health review
- failure to maintain hygiene
- bedsores and infections
- no timely administration of medicines
- lack of proper clothing and nutritional food
- no care following fractures or pressure ulcers
- health disorders during the stay
- inability to treat cuts, wounds, bruises, or swelling
- unattended dementia patients
- onset of diseases at the facility
What are the causes of nursing home medical neglect?
Negligent attitude of caregivers and lack of seriousness are the most prominent causes of nursing home medical neglect. Lack of trained nurses and overburdened attendants perpetuate the matter further. High-numbers of ill-treatment incidents at Kentucky care centers in our opinion correspond to negligent medical care. No direct and adequate care plan in 25 percent of state nursing homes means residents are not provided adequate treatment for injury or preexisting medical problems. Unsanitary food served in 38 percent of these care facilities only compounds the problem.
What are the effects nursing home medical neglect?
Suffering and death of residents in many care centers are direct result of nursing home medical neglect. While healthcare costs go up, the elderly are rarely getting any benefit in term of care. Lack of treatment and unsanitary conditions are the biggest reasons of sepsis in residents. Disease outbreaks cause residents to have health hazards. Bedsores left untreated spread to other body parts causing amputation of limbs or death. These facilities have a responsibility to look after medical need of patients admitted. But the biggest shock is that indifference overshadows the duty violating the rights of residents.
Last month, a Nicholasville nursing home was fined $891,350 following an outbreak of scabies. About 45 percent of residents at the center were found to be affected. Many of them had infections, cognitive problems, and other disorders linked to the disease.
To know more about your legal option to sue a nursing home for medical neglect, call at 1-800-632-1404 or contact us online to speak with our expert Kentucky nursing home attorney.