The word abuse might conjure up images of physical violence. You might imagine someone hitting, kicking, pushing, or forcefully shaking a nursing home resident. These are all forms of nursing home abuse that can result in serious injury or death, but they are not the only forms of potentially fatal nursing home abuse.
Other Types of Nursing Home Abuse May Be More Subtle, But They Are Just as Deadly
Consider these types of potential abuse that are just as deadly as the “classic” forms of abuse:
Bedsores are usually preventable when a person is properly cared for. Bedsores, or pressure ulcers, can be fatal.
Malnutrition or Dehydration
It is not enough to set food and water in front of nursing home resident. It is the responsibility of the nursing home to make sure that the nursing home resident is provided with an adequate diet and is able to consume that diet. If the resident cannot do that, then the nursing home needs to find another way to feed and hydrate the resident.
Nursing homes should conduct fall risk assessments and take appropriate precautions to prevent falls.
As the loved one of the nursing home resident who died you, understandably, want justice for what has happened. Thus, it is important to know that nursing home neglect is a form of nursing home abuse. If you believe that your loved one suffered a fatal bedsore or died from malnutrition, dehydration, a fall, or any other form of neglect or abuse then it is important to learn more about your rights.
Here’s How to Get a Fair Recovery
The potential liability is the same whether your loved one was struck or died from neglect. If you can prove that your loved one died due to nursing home abuse or neglect, then your loved one’s estate should recover damages and the individual and nursing home who committed the abuse should be held responsible.
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.