Louisville nursing homes are designed and created to be a sanctuary for the oldest of our society to live out the rest of their lives in peace and comfort. Unfortunately, these homes are also a means for their owners to make money and are often run from an economic perspective. As such, many nursing homes purposely understaff in order to cut costs and increase profit.
Deliberate Understaffing Can Cause Serious Issues
The result of such activity is a spike in neglect that causes severe injury and death. Unfortunately, this practice is more common in Louisville, KY than many would like to believe. While there is no concrete system for tracking such practices, there have been many studies that estimate the frequency and effect.
Anywhere from one million to two million residents of nursing homes that are age 65 or older are neglected and abused every year nationally as a result of understaffing. This number is shocking and amounts to about 2-10 percent of nursing home residents in the United States.
Nearly All Nursing Homes Lack Adequate Staff to Care for Their Residents
The numbers show that over 90 percent of nursing homes are understaffed. One in every three nursing homes have been cited for neglect and abuse, but only one in five instances are typically reported to authorities. Many times, the incidences that are actually reported are reported to the wrong authority and go uninvestigated.
If you or someone you love has been the victim of an understaffed nursing home that causes injury or death, you and your family may be qualified for legal protection. They may hold the owner of the nursing home liable for failing to take care of their residents and force the owner to compensate for medical bills or wrongful death.
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 Kentucky nursing home neglect attorney as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our office directly at 888.450.4456 to schedule a free consultation.