After my father died in a Kentucky nursing home, the facility refused to release his medical records. Should I suspect foul play?

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There are a number of “red flag” activities that could indicate abuse, negligence, or other liability after a senior passes in a nursing facility. According to the National Institute of Justice, researchers in Arkansas identified specific characteristics in nursing home staff members that were linked to involvement in elder death.


Investigators who are called to the scene of a nursing home resident death may suspect abuse if:


  • Staff members follow the investigator too closely, prevent them access to certain areas, or do not leave them alone
  • The staff demonstrates a lack of knowledge or concern when asked about a resident
  • Caretakers are evasive when asked direct questions about a resident or common procedures
  • The facility is unwilling to release medical records or other documents relating to the victim’s health or stay


While these are a few of the more common suspicious behaviors, they are by no means the only indicators of abuse. Investigators will often find soiled beds, drugged residents and serious health violations that have been allowed to progress to the point of causing injury—or even criminal neglect.


If your loved one died in a Kentucky nursing home, your best chance of getting justice for your loss is contacting an attorney immediately. 

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.