Circeo Law Firm’s Kentucky Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Advocate for Victims and Secure Damages

Abuse and neglect can seriously scar society’s most vulnerable members. Statistics suggest nearly 40% of nursing home staff have witnessed at least one abuse incident in the past year. But because elderly patients don’t want to “rock the boat” for fear of retribution or cannot communicate problems effectively, cases are grossly underreported. 

You may be reading this now because you suspect a loved one has suffered from mistreatment or negligence in a care facility. If so, do not wait to get in touch with a Kentucky nursing home abuse lawyer at Circeo Law Firm for a free consultation.

What’s the Difference Between Nursing Home Abuse and Nursing Home Neglect?

While nursing home abuse and nursing home neglect both involve mistreating the elderly, workers in the field draw some distinctions.

Nursing Home Abuse in Kentucky

Also known as “elder abuse,” nursing home abuse is any intentional act that causes harm or serious risk to an elderly adult. Elder abuse can come in many different forms, all of which can occur in a nursing home. Types of elder abuse in nursing homes include:

  • Physical Abuse. The use of physical force against an elderly person meant to inflict unnecessary pain or even injury, including restraining an elderly individual chemically with medication or drugs or even physically through superior force. 
  • Emotional or Psychological Abuse. These types of abuse can include simply ignoring an elderly person despite calls for help, making threats, using intimidation, or causing them emotional pain or distress through verbal abuse.
  • Financial Exploitation. The unauthorized taking, concealment, or misuse of money, property, or other financial assets of an elderly person.
  • Healthcare Fraud or Abuse. Unnecessary or even harmful medical procedures by unethical healthcare providers, charging for care not given, overcharging for services, or recommending fraudulent treatments.
  • Sexual Abuse. Any kind of non-consensual sexual act, even if the elderly person is not aware.

Nursing Home Neglect in Kentucky

Elder neglect can be intentional or unintentional. Neglect is much more common than abuse in nursing home settings. Examples of nursing home neglect include:

  • Medical Neglect. Failure to address or prevent medical concerns such as diabetes, infections, bedsores, or cognitive disorders.
  • Basic Needs Neglect. Failure to provide adequate food or water or a clean and safe environment within the nursing home.
  • Personal Hygiene Neglect. Failure to provide adequate assistance with basic hygiene such as washing, brushing teeth, bathing, laundry, or combing hair.
  • Social/Emotional Neglect. Repeatedly ignoring an elderly person, leaving them alone, or yelling at them.

What Are the Signs of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect in Kentucky?

If you notice your elderly loved one is showing warning signs of abuse, take immediate action. Warning signs may include any of the following:

  • Untimely or unexplained death
  • Bedsores or pressure ulcers
  • Frequent falls and falls causing catastrophic injury
  • Unexplained physical injuries like broken bones and sprains, head injuries, bruises, burns, cuts, or abrasions
  • Infections
  • Medication errors or overdoses
  • Malnutrition and weight loss
  • Dehydration
  • Unsanitary or unclean conditions
  • Agitation, withdrawal, or fear
  • Frequent crying
  • Complaints of poor treatment

If you are unsure whether your loved one is suffering from nursing home abuse or neglect, contact a Kentucky Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer at Circeo Law Firm for help. 

Who Is Most at Risk Of Becoming a Victim of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect?

Any individual in an assisted living facility, personal care home, or nursing home is at risk for neglect or abuse. Still, some may be at a higher risk than others. Risk factors that increase the chances of being a nursing home abuse victim include the following:

Gender

Women are more likely to be abused than men. As many as 66% of elder abuse victims were women, according to the NCVC.

Socioeconomic Status

Researchers have found a link between lower socioeconomic status and elder abuse. For example, elderly individuals who rely on Medicaid to receive nursing home care may wind up staying at facilities where elder abuse is more common.

Past Trauma

According to the NCEA, individuals who were abused or experienced trauma in the past are more likely to become victims of abuse in the future.

Health Problems

Poor mental and physical health may increase the risk of abuse, according to the NCEA. Those who have Alzheimer’s disease or dementia are particularly vulnerable to abuse. The NCOA and NCEA both report that nearly 50% of elders with dementia experienced abuse or neglect.

Who is Legally Liable for Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect in Kentucky?

When abuse or neglect occurs in the nursing home environment, the facility can be held liable if any of the following played a part in causing harm to a resident or patient:

  • breach of statutory or regulatory obligations
  • negligent hiring
  • understaffing
  • inadequate training

Remember, the facility is also vicariously liable for the actions of its employees, including actions taken in the course and scope of the worker’s job responsibilities. A Kentucky nursing home abuse lawyer can help fight for compensation. 

Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Statistics

Nursing Home Abuse Justice compiled statistics from leading organizations like the National Council on Aging (NCOA), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) to determine a breakdown of nursing home abuse complaints:

  • 27.4% – Physical abuse
  • 22.1% – Resident-on-resident abuse (physical or sexual)
  • 19.4% – Psychological abuse
  • 15.3% – Gross neglect
  • 7.9% – Sexual abuse
  • 7.9% – Financial exploitation

However, nursing home abuse is just one part of the more significant problem with elder abuse. As many as 5,000,000 people are affected by elder abuse every single year, according to the NCOA.

Why Choose Circeo Law Firm?

Nursing home victims have the right to damages. Abuse and neglect cases require a Kentucky nursing home abuse lawyer experienced with both state and federal law and whose knowledge of nursing home operations and management may identify systemic causes that demonstrate liability in an incident.

Circeo Law Firm’s attorneys have developed winning strategies for severe physical, emotional, sexual, and financial abuse cases. We have also represented a large number of residents who sustained life-threatening injuries,.

Our Experience in Advocating for Kentucky Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Victims

Having represented the highest number of nursing home abuse cases of any firm in Kentucky,  you want Circeo Law Firm in your corner to fight abuse and neglect. Circeo Law Firm’s results for nursing home abuse and neglect clients:

  • A $42 million jury verdict in favor of a victim who died of neglect a mere nine days after entering a facility from dehydration, malnutrition, bedsores, and infections.
  • A $29.8 million verdict won against one of the biggest operators of nursing homes in the United States, whose Nashville facility neglected a patient with multiple injuries and conditions.
  • An $18 million abuse and wrongful death verdict against a nursing home after an 89-year old Alzheimer’s patient sustained multiple falls, several pressure sores, and repeated urinary tract infections.
  • A verdict of more than $1.1 million against a nursing and rehab center following a resident’s multiple injuries, including a fracture, pressure sores and severe infections, and wrongful death.

Contact a Kentucky Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer at Circeo Law Firm if You Suspect a Loved One is Suffering from Elderly Abuse

Our Kentucky nursing home abuse lawyers have passionately advocated for thousands of clients in several states, uncovering the secrets, analyzing the facts, and helping residents and their families pursue justice. With Circeo Law Firm, our clients can trust that responsible parties in the abuse will be held accountable, and victims will receive the compensation they deserve. If you or a loved one has suffered from negligence or abuse at a nursing home or assisted living facility, contact the experienced trial lawyers of Circeo Law Firm at 1-833-929-HELP.