Nursing Home Residents With Dementia Deserve Compensation When They Are Abused or Neglected, But May Not Be Able to Act on Their Own Behalf

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elderly woman holding her head in confusion Gray & WhiteYour loved one can’t tell you what happened. Her dementia prevents her from accurately reporting how she got hurt. Yet, you know that she is injured and the evidence suggests that she was hurt because she was neglected or abused in her nursing home.

What You Have to Prove in a Nursing Home Negligence Case

To recover damages in a Kentucky nursing home negligence case, the plaintiff must prove, by a preponderance of the evidence, that the nursing home:

Owed the Resident a Duty of Care

This is easy to establish. The nursing home admittance contract creates a duty of care.

Breached the Duty of Care

This element is more challenging to prove. You will need to convince the court or insurance company that the nursing home failed to act as a reasonable nursing home would in similar circumstances.

Caused the Resident’s Injuries

In other words, the injury would not have happened but for the nursing home’s negligence.

If your loved one can’t testify about what happened, you may be able to use other evidence to prove negligence. This evidence could include, for example, the:

  • Resident’s medical records
  • Resident’s nursing home chart
  • Testimony of other witnesses
  • Observations of family members or other visitors
  • Nursing home staff long
  • Nursing home training information

Additional information may be available and valuable in specific instances.

Who Can Protect Your Loved One’s Rights?

Since your loved one has dementia and is unable to make informed decisions, your loved one likely has a power of attorney. The agent named in the power of attorney document may be able to pursue a lawsuit for the benefit of your loved one. It is the agent’s job to protect your loved one’s legal rights, but any compensation gained through the lawsuit will be the property of your loved one or her estate.

If you are named as the agent in a power of attorney document for someone who has been hurt by nursing home negligence in Kentucky, we encourage you to find out more about your options and legal obligations.

Has Your Loved One Been Injured in a Nursing Home?

If you believe your loved one is being subjected to nursing home abuse you need to speak with an experienced Louisville nursing home abuse attorney as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our office directly at 888.450.4456 to schedule a free consultation.