How to Know If a Fatal Nursing Home Fire Was Caused by Neglect

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It’s hard to imagine a scene that is more horrific. Your loved one, who was not able to care for herself, died when a fire broke out at her Louisville nursing home. The staff was not able to evacuate her in time and she died either from smoke inhalation or from the flames themselves. You are suffering a tremendous loss regardless of how the fire started or why your loved one was not evacuated in time. Yet, it is still important to know why your loved one died and if her death was caused by someone else’s negligence.

Five Signs the Fatal Nursing Home Fire Was Caused by Nursing Home Neglect or Abuse

The fire could have been a terrible accident. Nursing home staff could have acted with reasonable, or even heroic, care and tried to evacuate your loved one. Alternatively, the fire could have been the result of abuse or neglect if:

  • The fire was purposefully set.
  • Staff failed to recognize the risk or control for the risk that another resident might set a fire.
  • The facility lacked appropriate safety equipment such as a fire extinguisher or working fire alarm.
  • Nobody contacted the Louisville Fire Department within a reasonable amount of time.
  • There were inadequate procedures in place to evacuate residents if a fire broke out.

Of course, there are other ways in which a fatal nursing home fire could also have been the result of abuse or neglect.

How to Know What Really Happened to Your Loved One

Could your loved one have been the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect? You deserve to know the true answer to that question.

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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