Kentucky leads the nation in long-term care center liability payments, says the American Health Care Association, which is the apex body of over 12,000 assisted living centers nationwide. Large numbers of Kentucky nursing home negligence complaints and lawsuits seeking economic and punitive damages are a foregone conclusion in the recent years with successive surveys citing state care centers for falling care quality and inadequate staff. The inability of profit-driven Kentucky senior citizen care homes to prevent laxity and ill-treatment has led them to face the worst nursing home litigation environment in the United States.
The AHCA ranking is based on an analysis made by Aon Global Risk Consulting in November 2014. The study took into account about 230,000 long-term care beds managed by 34 leading nursing home service providers in the country. Researchers took samples “consisting of skilled nursing facility beds and a number of independent living, assisted living, home health care and rehabilitation beds” that covered six largest operators and about a sixth of nation’s long-term care strength.
Entitled as “2014 Long Term Care: General Liability and Professional Liability Actuarial Analysis,” the report included an “estimated loss rate based on the calculation of liability cost” per bed. It projected the national average at $2,030 per bed in 2015. While the data foresee a growth in national claims frequency, Kentucky is ranked ahead of 17 other states for potential large number of nursing home abuse lawsuit payments.
The Kentucky nursing home negligence lawsuits are projected to cost $9,220 per bed, almost 4.5 times more than the national average. West Virginia is second on the list with $6,620 per bed, almost a third less than Kentucky. Texas ranks the lowest with the per bed loss pegged at $310.
“Kentucky remains the highest cost state in our annual study, with a projected loss rate of $9,220 per occupied bed; this implies that a nursing home operating 100 beds in the state should set aside $922,000 annually for liability costs; this contrasts sharply with Texas, where the same operator should only expect to fund $32,000 annually,” according to Christian Coleianne, who heads the Aon team that compiled the analysis.
Bed sores continue to claim lives in state nursing homes while reports of physical, sexual, and psychological abuse are growing every year. Residents suffer due to unhygienic condition, inadequate direct professional care, lack of medical treatment, absence of nutrient food and fluid, and slip and fall accidents.
According to the 2014 Families for a Better Care report, there has been an improvement in state nursing homes, but severe deficiencies continue to impact services. The nursing home negligence complaints in Kentucky have gone up by five percent and state authorities found 87.74% of these allegations true after investigations.
If you have reasons to believe that a resident is subject to abuse at a nursing home in Louisville, Kentucky or elsewhere in Kentucky, please contact us or call on 1-866-447-0150 to discuss the best possible course of action with our Kentucky nursing home negligence attorney.