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Nursing Home Abuse & Negligence

What is nursing home abuse or neglect?
What are signs of nursing home abuse or neglect?
What should I do if I suspect nursing home abuse?
Who do I contact to report abuse?
How long do I have to file a claim?
What rights do nursing home residents have?
How do I pay for a lawyer in a nursing home abuse/neglect case?

Q: What is nursing home abuse or neglect?

When a loved one is placed in a nursing home, you expect that person will receive excellent care. Sometimes nursing home employees act in a careless, reckless or negligent way resulting in injury to your loved one. Abuse and neglect could be intentional or accidental and could affect the resident physically, emotionally, or even financially.

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Q: What are signs of nursing home abuse or neglect?

Many things could indicate nursing home abuse or neglect including bruising, scarring, broken bones, torn clothing, broken personal items, poor hygiene, malnutrition/dehydration, unexplained weight loss/inability to eat, infections, bed sores, medication errors, confinement or restraint, unusual bank account or credit card activity, stolen cash or personal property, etc.

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Q: What should I do if I suspect nursing home abuse?

Take all abuse and neglect allegations seriously – even minor ones. The small things you notice – bruising, missing money, or unusual/sudden social withdrawal – could be indications of larger issues. Take photos of any injuries, write down names and phone numbers of witnesses and employees who saw the abuse, and contact an attorney who handles nursing home abuse claims.

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Q: Who do I contact to report abuse?

You should report all suspected cases of nursing home abuse or neglect to the Department of Social Services in your community. You can also contact Kentucky’s Adult Protective Services or visit www.aoa.acl.gov for more information.

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Q: How long do I have to file a claim?

The statute of limitations varies from state to state. But it is typically one year from the time of the injury. Remember that nursing home abuse cases can be very complex and require investigation before a claim can be filed. If a loved one shows signs of abuse or neglect, contact an attorney immediately for a case review to see if you have a claim.

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Q: What rights do nursing home residents have?

There are state and federal laws relating to the treatment of nursing home residents. These facilities are required by law to uphold strict standards for treatment of each resident. Kentucky’s Nursing Home Residents’ Bill of Rights was passed to protect the liberties of nursing home residents in regards to communication, visitation, and compensation for negligent care. The Department of Health and Human Services has many tools available to aid in your search for a quality nursing facility.

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Q: How do I pay for a lawyer in a nursing home abuse/neglect case?

The Law Firm of Flora Templeton Stuart handles nursing home abuse and neglect cases on a contingency fee basis. That means we only get paid from your recovery. Call us for a free case consultation.

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