My loved one died after contracting hepatitis A in her nursing home. Is that nursing home neglect?

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We are sorry to hear about your losing your loved one. Sometimes hepatitis A infections are caused by nursing home neglect, and other times these infections are just unfortunate accidents. In order to determine whether your loved one got sick and died because of nursing home neglect, we would need to know more about the circumstances that led to her illness.

How Hepatitis A May Be Prevented

According to the National Institutes of Health, hepatitis A can spread quickly in places where people are in close contact. However, the chances of spreading hepatitis A can be reduced if people wash their hands after coming into contact with:

  • Blood.
  • Urine.
  • Stool.
  • Other bodily fluids.

Additionally, hepatitis A vaccines are available and should be provided to workers in nursing homes and other facilities. If you live with or are in close contact with someone who has hepatitis A, then you may also need a hepatitis A immune globulin shot in order to protect yourself against this dangerous virus.

Why Some Cases of Hepatitis A May Be Caused by Nursing Home Neglect

Nursing home negligence could occur if nursing home staff fail to follow appropriate protocols such as regular hand washing, or fail to recognize the signs of a hepatitis A infection. If your loved one contracted hepatitis A in a nursing home and died from the infection, then it is important to know exactly what happened and it is important to know how to protect your rights.

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.

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