Have you heard about Kentucky’s Senate Bill 9? If you have, you probably have strong feelings about it—one way or the other.
The bill was sponsored by Sen. Julie Denton of Louisville. Basically, it states that the family of someone who has allegedly been abused or neglected in a nursing home must have their case heard by a three-member medical review board before they may pursue legal action. Huh?
Usually, by the time a lawyer gets involved, several steps have already been taken:
- The nursing home administrator has been notified and has had the opportunity to verify and address the suspicions.
- Adult Protective Services has had a chance to look into the charges.
- Law enforcement officers may have been contacted and have investigated the charges.
- The Kentucky Long-Term-Care Ombudsman has gotten involved.
Given the number of investigating parties already involved, it would seem that legitimacy has been established.
House Republican Julie Raque Adams thinks the bill would “get rid of any kind of frivolous lawsuits by having a panel established and having kind of a first hearing.” More likely, this bill would discourage families whose loved one has been harmed in a nursing home from even venturing to seek justice.
I’m all for doing away with groundless lawsuits, but I agree with House Health and Welfare Chairperson Tom Burch of Louisville. He says that the bill is additional red tape that nursing homes would introduce to get charges dropped.
Do not hesitate to call a Kentucky nursing home abuse attorney if you believe your loved one is being abused or neglected in a nursing home. Call Gray and White Law at 502-210-8942 or toll free at 888-450-4456 to set up a FREE, no-obligation consultation.