Louisville, KY Nursing Home Neglect Lawyer for Injuries Caused By Inadequately-Trained Staff
Many nursing home residents rely on nurses and other staff members to fulfill even their most basic needs. For those who are no longer able to care for themselves, eating, drinking, taking medications, going to the bathroom, and even staying comfortable can require the assistance of a trained caretaker. Indeed, the need to have access to trained and compassionate professionals is the very reason that many individuals and their families choose nursing home care.
Unfortunately, in many nursing homes throughout Kentucky, filling beds takes priority over maintaining adequately-trained staff to meet residents’ needs. While providing a competent and courteous staff should be all nursing homes’ top priority, too often they sacrifice quality of care in order to try to protect their bottom lines. This approach leads to substandard care, and puts residents at risk for dangerous and life-threatening illnesses and injuries.
Experienced Representation for Victims of Nursing Home Negligence
At Gladstein Law Firm, PLLC, we care deeply about the state of nursing home care in Kentucky. The law entitles nursing home residents to quality care, and we want to help those who have received substandard care fight for the compensation they deserve. No one should be neglected or abused in a nursing home. If you or a loved one has suffered due to issues with inadequately-trained staff, we encourage you to contact us to discuss your situation.
Common Issues with Inadequately-Trained Staff in Nursing Homes
Caring for the elderly requires knowledge of a wide variety of medical issues as well as thorough training on a number of issues that are unique to nursing home care. Nursing homes should only hire nurses and other staff members who are equipped to meet their residents’ needs. When nursing homes hire untrained staff, residents can end up suffering from illnesses, injuries, and complications that can (and should) be avoided with knowledgeable care.
Some of the issues commonly associated with inadequately-trained staff in nursing homes include the following:
- Choking – Choking is a serious health risk for many elderly individuals living in nursing homes. Residents who are at risk of choking need to be carefully monitored while eating, drinking, and taking medications.
- Malnutrition and Dehydration – Nursing homes must ensure that all residents receive proper nutrition and have ready access to clean drinking water. Inadequately-trained staff may fail to provide timely meals to patients, fail to prepare meals that are sufficiently nutritious, and fail to ensure that residents stay properly hydrated.
- Medication Errors – Medication errors are a significant problem in nursing homes with untrained caregivers. Improperly preparing medications, confusing medications, providing doses that are too large or too small, and failing to administer medications at all are all common indicators of inadequately-trained staff.
- Injuries from Falls – Similar to choking, falls are a major risk for many nursing home residents. Properly-trained staff should monitor residents who are known fall risks and ensure that rooms, hallways, stairwells, and common areas are all properly protected.
- Pressure Ulcers (Bedsores) – Bedsores are injuries that should not happen with proper care. If you or your loved one has suffered a bedsore in a nursing home, there is a strong possibility that inadequate training is to blame.
- Unsafe and Unsanitary Premises – It should go without saying that nursing homes should be kept safe and sanitary at all times. Sadly, untrained staff may be unable to spot health and safety risks before they lead to illnesses and injuries.
- Use of Unreasonable Restraints – While restraints used to be common in nursing homes, their use has largely been abandoned. In fact, except under certain, extremely limited circumstances, use of restraints is prohibited by the Kentucky Nursing Home Residents’ Bill of Rights. If not a sign of abuse, use of restraints is likely a sign of inadequate training.
What to Do if You or a Loved One Is Suffering Due to Inadequately-Trained Staff
If you or a loved one is living in a nursing home with inadequately-trained staff, it is important to seek help. It is best not to speak directly with anyone at the nursing home. Your attorney can do this for you, and at Gladstein Law Firm, PLLC, we can also help you find alternate care. Learn more about attorney Seth Gladstein.
Contact Seth Gladstein | Louisville, KY Nursing Home Negligence Lawyer
To get help with your situation, we invite you to contact us for a *free consultation. Seth will be happy to sit down with you, explain your rights, and help you make an informed decision about what to do next. To schedule an appointment, call (800) 991-0474 or contact Gladstein Law Firm, PLLC online today.
*Each case is different and the past record is no assurance that we will be successful in reaching a favorable result in any future case. Among many settlements, Gladstein Law Firm has recovered: $1.8 Million settlement for medical malpractice case involving negligent performance of hysterectomy (Christian Circuit Court); $1.75 Million medical malpractice case involving negligent failure to timely diagnose and treat lung cancer (Jefferson Circuit Court); $550,000 settlement for failure to diagnose prostate cancer (pre-litigation settlement); $500,000 settlement for negligent failure to diagnose and treat an impending stroke after brain surgery (Jefferson Circuit Court); and $195,000 settlement for negligent failure to diagnose and treat a potentially life-threatening heart condition (Macon Co., N.C.; served as co-counsel) Click here to see some of Gladstein Law Firm, PLLC’s successes. Client pays costs only upon recovery.