Kentucky Attorney Applauds State Agency for Investigation into Nursing Home Neglect

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When staff members at Kentucky elder care facilities fail to do their jobs, the consequences can be tragic, says attorney J. Marshall Hughes.

J. Marshall Hughes

We entrust nursing homes to look after our loved ones. There is no excuse for violations like those documented at the facility in Science Hill.

Kentucky personal injury lawyer J. Marshall Hughes says the recent violations discovered by a state regulatory agency at a nursing home in Science Hill underscore the necessity of keeping close watch on all Kentucky institutions to ensure that they adhere to established guidelines and that residents are not put in danger.

“We entrust nursing homes to look after our loved ones,” said Hughes, co-founder of Hughes & Coleman Injury Lawyers. “There is no excuse for violations like those documented at the facility in Science Hill.”

Officials from Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ Office of the Inspector General issued Type A citations to Hilltop Nursing Home on four separate dates from July to September, according to a Nov. 7 article in the Commonwealth Journal. Type A citations note incidents of abuse and neglect and are reserved for the worst of these occurrences.

State reports indicated that on numerous occasions residents of Hilltop were left unsupervised and wandered from the nursing home. One resident was found 66 miles from the facility and intoxicated, according to the Commonwealth Journal article.

Citations were given for a failure to maintain a temperature that did not exceed 85 degrees throughout the facility, failure to properly monitor residents, failure to keep an adequate supply of food on hand and for employing a person listed on the Kentucky Nurse Aide Abuse Registry, according to the article.

“All of these incidents were preventable,” Hughes says. “However, they were not prevented and that is why these facilities must be regulated by the state since too often they fail to police themselves.”

About Hughes & Coleman Injury Lawyers

Hughes & Coleman Injury Lawyers, with Kentucky offices in Bowling Green 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. Lawyers 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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