Kentucky Personal Injury Lawyers Say Early Detection and Reporting of Nursing Home / Personal Care Home Abuse and Neglect Can Prevent Tragedy

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The recent shuttering of a Letcher County personal care home illustrates the dangers that can result from unchecked abuse and neglect, say attorneys from Bowling Green’s Hughes & Coleman Injury Lawyers.

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Contacting an attorney with a background in handling nursing home and personal care facilities litigation can be the best way to stop the problem before it gets worse.

Bowling Green nursing home abuse and neglect lawyer J. Marshall Hughes today applauded the Kentucky Attorney General’s office for shutting down the Golden Years Rest Home in Letcher County for financial and safety reasons.

According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, the personal care home in Jenkins housed 27 residents, many with mental illness. Its problems over the years included felony charges against two former administrators, the death of a resident who walked and froze in 2007 and a series of state health violations, the newspaper reported.

A receiver was appointed in June to take over day-to-day operations, but due to the home’s debts and the disrepair of the building, the Kentucky AG’s office moved in to shut it down.

“I agree with the attorney general that this action, no doubt, spared innocent lives,” said Hughes, whose Kentucky personal injury law firm handles nursing home abuse and neglect lawsuits in Bowling Green, Louisville and throughout Kentucky.

“When vulnerable people, especially the elderly, are placed in the hands of those who engage in negligent if not intentional misconduct, then it inevitably leads to tragedy,” Hughes said. “A nursing home or personal care home should never get to that point.”

The best way to prevent nursing homes or personal care homes from becoming dangerous situations for patients is for loved ones to report any suspected neglect or abuse, said Lee Coleman, a Kentucky personal injury lawyer and co-founder of Hughes & Coleman.

According to the Kentucky Department of Community Based Services, there were more than 13,000 reports of neglect and elder abuse in the state during the 2010 fiscal year.

“Kentucky is actually a mandatory reporting state, so you have a duty by law to report it,” Coleman said. “And if you have any questions about this duty, it is helpful to contact an attorney who has experience in this area of the law.”

According to Hughes, signs of nursing home abuse and neglect include:

  •     Unexplained bruises, cuts, burns or other forms of bodily injury
  •     Emotional distress, including depression, anxiety and withdrawal
  •     Bedsores
  •     Extreme weight loss
  •     Disruptions in medication
  •     Unusual financial transactions or loss of money.

In addition to notifying state officials, nursing home abuse and neglect victims and their families may also seek legal remedies through personal injury or wrongful death claims, Coleman said.

“Contacting an attorney with a background in handling nursing home and personal care facilities litigation can be the best way to stop the problem before it gets worse,” the Kentucky lawyer said. “It also allows victims and their families to recover from abuse and neglect – at least financially.

“We believe it’s very important to protect your rights to hold wrongdoers accountable and to obtain the compensation that you deserve for the harm you or a loved one has suffered.”

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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