Entrusting your parent or loved one to a nursing home is never easy and requires a great deal of faith. While most people who care for the elderly are compassionate professionals, there are many cases where the elderly are abused physically, mentally, and financially by nursing home staff, even here in Paducah.
At Morgan & Morgan, our nursing home abuse attorneys have decades of experience handling elder abuse lawsuits and have the resources needed to help nursing home residents and families with their claims.
If your loved one has suffered abuse in a nursing home or by an in-home care provider, legal recourse may be available. To learn what our Paducah nursing home attorneys may be able to do for you, please fill out our free case evaluation form today.
How We Handle Nursing Home Lawsuits
Morgan & Morgan prides itself on being a trial law firm. This means that, unlike some other firms in Paducah, our attorneys are expected to take cases to court on a regular basis to ensure we best represent our clients’ needs. If an offer to settle a case is unacceptable, we are not afraid to take our cases to trial.
To help strengthen your Paducah nursing home abuse claim, our attorneys can:
- Work alongside medical experts to determine the exact cause of your loved one’s injuries;
- Review your loved one’s medical records;
- Help ensure the nursing home does not attempt to block access to relevant information;
- Gather photographic evidence and review security videotape from the time of the abuse;
- Review business records to determine the legality of the nursing home’s hiring practices;
- Interview other employees and residents of the nursing home;
- Interview witnesses to the abuse, if possible;
- Work alongside medical experts to determine the projected future cost of living after the abuse; and
- Determine the cost of non-economic damages from the abuse.
When a nursing home in Kentucky is charged with abuse, it will likely enlist legal counsel to help deny or minimize instances of misconduct. Therefore, it is important that you obtain an attorney to advocate on your behalf and help you recover fair and just compensation for your losses.
Elder Abuse and Neglect
Elder abuse can take many forms, including physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, negligence by an in-home caregiver, financial exploitation, and/or health care fraud. In the event that a resident is injured as a result of a caregiver’s negligence, he or she may be able to file a nursing home abuse claim with the help of an attorney in our Paducah office.
According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, elder abuse can be divided into three categories:
Domestic: Maltreatment of an older person by someone who has a special relationship with the elder, including a spouse, sibling, child, friend, or caregiver. The abuse can occur in the elder’s home, or in the home of a caregiver.
Institutional: Any abuse that occurs in residential facilities for older persons such as nursing homes, foster homes, group homes, or board and care facilities. Perpetrators of institutional abuse are usually people who have a legal or contractual obligation to provide the elderly with care and protection.
Self-neglect: Behavior of an elderly person that threatens his or her own health or safety. Self-neglect generally manifests itself in an older person as a refusal or failure to provide himself or herself with adequate food, water, clothing, shelter, personal hygiene, medication, or safety precaution. This excludes a situation in which a mentally competent older person, who understands the consequences of his or her decisions, makes a conscious and voluntary decision to engage in acts that threaten his or her health or safety as a matter of personal choice.
Our Paducah Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys Can Help Protect
People who suspect their elderly loved ones have experienced nursing home abuse or neglect are often unsure of what to do. When their reasonable questions about their loved one’s condition and care are ignored or brushed off by a negligent staff, the next step can often be unclear.
If you have these suspicions and are unsatisfied with the care provided at your loved one’s facility, we may be able to help.Having your situation evaluated by our team of Paducah nursing home neglect lawyers may give you peace of mind or the means to move your loved one into better care.
To learn how our Paducah nursing home attorneys may be able to help you, please fill out our free case evaluation form today.