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Kentucky Nursing Home Negligence and Abuse Attorneys

Qualified nursing home abuse lawyers serving Lexington and Louisville

Nursing home environments are built on a foundation of trust. You trust that the facility and its caregivers will take good care of your loved ones who are unable to care for themselves. Sadly, there are many instances in which patients suffer neglect and abuse at the hands of those tasked with providing them the care they need. When your loved one has suffered abuse in their nursing home or assisted living facility, you can help get them the justice they deserve by reaching out to a qualified nursing home abuse lawyer in Kentucky.

If this sounds like what has happened to your relative, or if you have concerns that your loved one is suffering from abuse, you can get help from a dedicated Kentucky nursing home abuse lawyer at Wilt & Associates, PLLC. If we are able to take on your personal injury case, you can rest easier knowing a team of highly skilled legal professionals are working for your family to bring the liable parties to justice. Contact us in Lexington or Louisville today.

What is nursing home abuse?

It may come as a surprise that Kentucky nursing home abuse can take several different forms. For this reason, it may be more of a challenge to know whether your loved one is suffering from abuse from just looking at them. The primary forms of nursing home abuse include:

  • Financial abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Physical abuse
  • Neglect
  • Psychological abuse
  • Emotional abuse

Some of the most common signs of nursing home abuse include unexplained bruising, welts, or burns, bed sores, social isolation, unexplained weight loss or gain, depression, anxiety, being noticeably afraid of nursing home staff or others, recoiling at physical touch, missing money, sudden changes in power of attorney or other legal documents, and more.

What if I suspect a Kentucky nursing home of abusing my loved one?

It is disturbing how someone charged with taking care of someone who is unable to care for themselves can take advantage of and abuse them. But as their family member, you have the opportunity to do something about it. If you suspect that your loved one is being abused, it may be time to bring up your concerns to your relative.

They may be hesitant to discuss their situation with you or even deny it altogether. You may need to try to have this conversation on several occasions. However, if you believe your loved one is in physical danger, it may be time to take other steps such as reporting your concerns to the police.

Your Kentucky nursing home abuse lawyer at Wilt & Associates can take a closer look at the details of your case in order to give you a more personal approach and figure out your next steps in holding your loved one’s abusers accountable. We want to help.

What is nursing home neglect?

Although nursing home abuse often means an intent to cause physical, emotional, or psychological harm to an elderly person in a nursing home, it also includes neglect.

Even though neglect may not be intentional, the nursing home staff and facility have an obligation to maintain a certain level of care to their residents. If they fail in this duty and your loved one suffers, you have the right to take legal action. Some of the most common signs of neglect in Kentucky nursing homes include:

  • Formation of bed sores
  • Unsanitary living conditions
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Lack or loss of mobility
  • Inadequate nutrition
  • Psychological trauma
  • Unexplained injuries

For example, if your loved one has developed bed sores, there is a strong probability they are being neglected. A responsible nursing home facility would ensure that their residents are properly bathed and moved often to prevent bed sores from forming.

You should contact a Kentucky nursing home neglect lawyer as soon as possible to discuss what your next steps should be and whether filing a personal injury lawsuit against the nursing home staff or facility is appropriate in your case.

What are the signs of sepsis in Kentucky nursing home residents?

Sepsis is the cause of death for many elderly patients at nursing homes. It is often directly a result of nursing home negligence. You may be grieving from losing a loved one but it is important to hold a nursing home accountable for their neglect. This is where a Kentucky wrongful death lawyer can help you file a nursing home sepsis lawsuit for compensatory damages.

Sepsis is a dangerous medical condition in which the body’s immune system starts to attack its own organs. It typically starts with a simpler medical issue, such as an open sore or wound, or pneumonia. When these issues are not resolved in a timely way, they can worsen and lead to infection.

An overwhelming majority of the patients who develop sepsis lose their lives. This is why nursing homes need to identify the medical problems that can lead to sepsis. If open wounds and other infections are treated in a timely fashion, sepsis can be avoided. Unfortunately, many nursing homes fail to take timely action. If your loved one developed fatal sepsis due to nursing home neglect, our Kentucky attorneys may be able to help.

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What are the signs of nursing home sexual abuse in Kentucky?

When your loved one in a nursing home has unexplained injuries or outright signs of nursing home sexual abuse, it can be terrifying and heartbreaking. That’s why it’s important to know what may indicate sexual assault. Being aware can help you act more quickly, protecting your loved ones and then helping them seek justice with help from an injury lawyer from Wilt & Associates.

According to the National Institute on Aging (NIA), the common warning signs of elderly sexual abuse include:

  • Bruises around the genitalia
  • Bruises around breasts or nipples
  • Bleeding from the vagina or anus
  • Unexplained venereal disease
  • Torn, stained, or bloody underclothing
  • Unusual fear of certain residents or staff members
  • Unexplained depression and agitation

It is also important to note that your loved one may experience some of these warning signs without being a victim of sexual abuse. The NIA also states that some nursing home patients, due to their age, may experience a lot of unexplained symptoms without necessarily having been sexually abused.

However, if you suspect your loved one has been a victim of sexual abuse, do not wait to take action. Ensure that they are safe by removing them from the nursing home and bringing them back home with you or finding another care center for their needs.

Once they have returned to safety, it is time to file suit against the nursing home or the perpetrator for their sexual abuse. Kentucky statute of limitations states that you must file a civil suit within a year of the incident, so do not delay in taking action. The nursing home abuse attorneys at Wilt & Associates can help you through this difficult time.

How can your Kentucky nursing home abuse attorneys help?

Many families do not realize they have options after their loved one experiences a tragedy like nursing home abuse or neglect. Your loved one has rights to compensation for the injuries and suffering he or she has endured. At Wilt & Associates, our Kentucky lawyers work relentlessly for justice for those who have been wronged in a place that should be safe and provide care.

Our former and current clients appreciate our attorneys’ honesty and integrity in their work. Wilt & Associates is about holding people responsible when their actions cause physical and emotional pain to others. We openly communicate with every client about what needs to be done to proceed with their case.

Do you have a nursing home abuse and neglect attorney near me?

Wilt & Associates has offices in Louisville and Lexington:

Louisville Office

13113 Eastpoint Park Blvd. Suite A
Louisville, KY 40223
Phone: 502-253-9110

Lexington Office

196 W. Lowry Lane, Suite 1
Lexington, KY 40503
Phone: 502-461-1481

If you are too injured or ill to travel to us, we can arrange a phone or video conference. We also make hospital visits when necessary.

Louisville and Lexington nursing home abuse lawyers protecting senior citizens

To learn more about how an experienced Kentucky nursing home abuse lawyer at Wilt & Associates can work to help you maximize your injury settlement and hold the at-fault party accountable for their negligence and lack of care, schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. You can reach our office by phone at 502-253-9110 or fill out our contact form today. We maintain offices in Lexington and Louisville, and proudly serve clients throughout Kentucky.