In Kentucky, when people think about medical malpractice or negligence, they will automatically focus on a misdiagnosis, giving the wrong medication or a surgical mistake. However, there are other ways in which people can be injured by medical professionals and staff trusted to care for them.
Specifically, nursing homes and other long-term care facilities are prone to being victimized by errors or caregivers simply not doing what they are required to do. This can result in residents suffering injuries, a worsened condition, illness and death. People who have been harmed and their loved ones must be fully aware of their legal rights to hold facilities and staff accountable.
Local nursing home accused of various forms of mistreatment
A news report alleging a Boyd County nursing home neglected residents has led to more allegations of wrongdoing. A video was posted on social media showing that a resident’s bed was soaked through with bodily fluids. It had dripped onto the floor.
The resident’s grandson posted it and subsequently heard from more than two dozen other people who had troubling stories of their own about that very facility. In one, an elderly person was relatively independent, only needing minor help to get out of bed and use the restroom.
She was also allegedly overdosed on her medication due to having missed dosages. She had bedsores and other injuries. After two months, she could not get out of bed and died eight days after leaving the facility.
After a health care mistake or act of negligence, people should have legal help
These issues are unfortunately common in medical centers and nursing homes. Family members are frequently unaware of what is happening before it is too late.
People who trust their loved ones to a nursing home expect the facility and its staff to follow the proper procedures and adhere to the necessary standard of care. When they fail in that duty and people are injured or lose their lives because of it, it is important to seek answers.
Having help from professionals who understand personal injury cases and medical negligence is a wise step to get to the bottom of what happened. This can be effective in pursuing compensation and preventing these problems from recurring. Family members and residents who believe this has happened should take the initiative and call for help as soon as possible.