November 2019

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What does “understaffed” really mean in a Kentucky nursing home?

Federal law requires that nursing homes have “sufficient” staff to meet the needs of nursing home residents. However, “sufficient” is not defined with a specific number by the federal government. Some states have more stringent standards than the federal government and have imposed a specific staff-to-resident…

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Miscommunication Causes Serious Nursing Home Injuries

Nursing homes employ many different people to care for residents. Doctors, nurses, aides, and others must communicate with one another and with their counterparts when shifts change to make sure that each nursing home resident is safe. Otherwise, miscommunication can cause a serious or fatal…

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What Happens When a Nursing Home Resident Dies While an Abuse or Negligence Case Is Pending

You trusted the nursing home to care for your loved one when she was unable to care for herself. Unfortunately, that’s not what happened. While your loved one should have been cared for, she was instead abused or neglected by the very people who were…

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Kentucky filed a criminal case against the person who caused my loved one’s brain injury. Should we still bring a personal injury lawsuit?

In many cases, the answer is yes. If the actions that caused your loved one’s brain injury are considered criminal, the person who committed them will also likely be considered liable for the harm he caused. The Commonwealth of Kentucky may pursue a criminal case, and…

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The Eight Levels of the Rancho Los Amigos Scale for Brain Injury Patients

Brain injuries affect people in very different ways. One way to assess the extent of a brain injury and to measure a brain injury patient’s progress is through the Rancho Los Amigos Levels of Cognitive Functioning Scale (also known as the Rancho Scale). It was…

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What All ATV Operators, Owners, and Passengers Need to Know About the Potential for Brain Injuries

Nearly 700 people have died in ATV accidents in Kentucky since 1982. In fact, Kentucky is the fifth deadliest state for ATV riders in the nation. During that same period, many more ATV enthusiasts suffered severe injuries, including life-changing brain injuries, in crashes. How ATVs…

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