This holiday reminds us that our veterans have sacrificed their lives so that we can enjoy our freedoms, and we owe it to them and their families to provide proper care for them as they age.
Bowling Green, KY (PRWEB) May 27, 2011
It is fitting that discussion of constructing a new veterans’ nursing home in south central Kentucky has been raised in the days surrounding Memorial Day weekend, Bowling Green lawyer J. Marshall Hughes said today.
“This holiday reminds us that our veterans have sacrificed their lives so that we can enjoy our freedoms, and we owe it to them and their families to provide proper care for them as they age,” Hughes said.
“As a result of their service, elderly veterans may suffer from unique physical and mental issues that can be neglected at non-military nursing homes. That’s why we owe it to our local veterans to construct a nursing home that would be able to meet their specific needs.”
Hughes is a partner of Hughes & Coleman Injury Lawyers, a Kentucky personal injury law firm that is dedicated to protecting the rights of nursing home abuse and neglect victims throughout Bowling Green, Elizabethtown, Louisville and surrounding areas.
He said he was pleased to learn that the Barren River Area Development District (BRADD) passed a resolution May 16 that called for construction of a local veterans’ nursing home that would be funded by state and federal dollars.
According to the Bowling Green Daily News, BRADD estimates that more than 19,000 veterans live in the surrounding 10-county region. However, the closest military nursing home for elderly veterans is located in Hanson, a nearly 90-minute drive away.
According to Lee Coleman, an experienced Kentucky elderly abuse and neglect attorney and a partner of Hughes & Coleman, a local veterans’ nursing home would serve both immediate and future needs.
“We have to look ahead to the care we’ll need to provide some day to the veterans of our current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan,” Coleman said. “Many of them are returning home with disabilities that include lost limbs, traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder. A veterans’ nursing home clearly would be better-positioned to address those future issues than a non-military facility.”
If an elderly veteran is being mistreated in a non-military facility, it’s important for the veteran or his or her family to contact an attorney with knowledge and experience in the area of nursing home abuse or neglect, Hughes said. The lawyer may be able to help obtain funds that can pay for the medical expenses that have been caused by the neglect or abuse and secure compensation for pain, suffering and other damages, he said.
“At Hughes & Coleman, we believe that all elderly citizens deserve respect and proper care, and when a nursing home commits to providing that service, they need to be held to their promise,” Hughes said.
About Hughes & Coleman Injury Lawyers
Hughes & Coleman Injury Lawyers, with Kentucky offices in Bowling Green, Elizabethtown 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.