Bowling Green Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Lawyers Blast Bid to Route Lawsuits through Review Panels

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J. Marshall Hughes and Lee Coleman of Hughes & Coleman Injury Lawyers say H.B. 361 would slow the legal process and harm Kentucky victims of nursing home abuse and neglect.

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Bowling Green nursing home abuse and neglect lawyer Lee Coleman

This is a cynical attempt to protect nursing home corporations by hurting the basic right of individuals to seek relief in court.

Bowling Green nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers J. Marshall Hughes and Lee Coleman today blasted a bill that would require malpractice lawsuits against nursing homes to be reviewed by a panel before a court.

The bill, H.B. 361, would require all malpractice claims against recognized long-term care facilities to be reviewed by a panel of one non-voting attorney and three doctors before it could go to court. The panel’s judgment could be admitted in court as an expert opinion. It would not be considered conclusive. The law would not apply to cases that are set for arbitration.

“This is a cynical attempt to protect nursing home corporations by hurting the basic right of individuals to seek relief in court,” said Coleman, a Bowling Green nursing home abuse and neglect attorney with Hughes & Coleman Injury Lawyers.

The law firm focuses on protecting the rights and interests of Kentucky nursing home abuse and neglect victims.

“The legislature’s effort is nothing more than a bid to protect those who would neglect or abuse Kentucky’s elderly,” Coleman said. “For the sake of our parents and grandparents, this bill cannot move forward.”

The bill was introduced earlier this month. The House’s Health & Welfare committee currently is reviewing it.

Hughes, a Bowling Green nursing home abuse and neglect lawyer and Hughes & Coleman partner, said that establishing medical review panels could end up discouraging elderly victims and their families from pursuing lawsuits against negligent nursing homes.

“This panel would create an unfair burden on those who would bring a lawsuit against a nursing home by making the legal process longer and more costly,” Hughes said. “A negative opinion from a panel of doctors would double the penalty.”

The attorneys of Hughes & Coleman have obtained money damages for Kentucky elder abuse victims through personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits against nursing homes and similar long-term care facilities.

“We hope fair-minded legislators will stop this attempt to limit the rights of nursing home residents,” Coleman said. “Regardless of whether these review panels become a part of the process, we’ll continue to stand up for victims of nursing home-based elder abuse and their families like we always have. We’ll continue to support Kentucky’s elderly citizens and their right to be cared for without fear of neglect or abuse.”

About Hughes & Coleman Injury Lawyers

Hughes & Coleman Injury Lawyers, with Kentucky offices in Bowling Green, Elizabethtown, Lexington and Louisville, is dedicated to protecting the rights and interests of nursing home abuse and neglect victims, as well as the families who care deeply about their elderly loved ones.

Partners J. Marshall Hughes and Lee Coleman are accomplished injury attorneys and advocates for people who have suffered from nursing home neglect and abuse, as well as auto accidents, brain injury, drug injury, defective products, environmental dangers, fire and burn injury, insurance disputes, motorcycle accidents, premises liability, Social Security disability, stock fraud, truck accident injury, workers’ compensation and wrongful death.

For more information contact Hughes & Coleman Injury Lawyers at (800) 489-6000 or use the firm's online contact form.

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