Louisville, KY Attorney for Victims of Nursing Home Negligence and Abuse
Government data show that one-third of nursing home residents will suffer injuries while under supervised care. Over half of these injuries will be “clearly or likely preventable,” and an even greater portion will result directly from improper or inadequate care.
For many families, nursing home care is a necessity. As people get older, they need more help, and oftentimes the only practical way to meet their needs is to help them transition into a permanent facility. Unfortunately, the sad reality is that nursing homes in Kentucky and throughout the country often fail to hold up their end of the bargain. Carelessness, inadequate training, and lack of supervision are just a few of the common problems that lead to thousands of injuries, illnesses, and deaths every year.
Committed to Helping Elderly Residents and Their Families
Since 2011, attorney Seth Gladstein has helped numerous residents and their families recover just compensation for nursing home negligence and abuse. Prior to opening Gladstein Law Firm, PLLC, he spent almost an entire decade defending hospitals and nursing homes – first in New York City and then here in Louisville. Today, he draws on his past experience as a defense lawyer to help his clients stand up for their rights and seek maximum compensation for their injuries and losses.
The Cases We Handle
Nursing homes are supposed to hire nurses and other staff members who are equipped with the education, training, and experience necessary to meet residents’ needs. When untrained staff members make mistakes, it is residents who suffer the consequences. Choking, falls, malnutrition, medication errors, and bedsores are all common examples of problems that can (and should) be avoided.
Tragically, abuse is a widespread problem in nursing homes. Research has shown that residents suffer from abuse in one out of every three nursing homes nationwide. Abuse can take many forms, all of which are unacceptable. If you or a loved one has been physically, psychologically, or sexually abused in a nursing home, we urge you to contact us right away.
Many years ago, physical and chemical restraints were viewed as reasonable measures for protecting nursing home residents from self-inflicted injuries. That time has passed, and now federal and Kentucky law prohibit use of restraints in all but the most dire of circumstances. Unfortunately, bedrails, cuffs, and sedatives are just a few examples of unsafe and unreasonable restraints that are still in widespread use today.
Nursing home residents are twice as likely as senior citizens living in the community to suffer injuries from falls. Falls present serious risks for elderly residents, often resulting in broken bones and life-threatening complications. Nursing homes that allow residents to suffer injuries in falls need to be held accountable, and it is important that you seek just compensation.
Providing proper nutrition is one of the most basic duties that nursing homes have to their residents. Each resident’s care plan should include provisions for avoiding malnutrition, and nursing home staff must ensure that all residents get the nutrients they need.
Malnutrition can be extremely dangerous for the elderly, as it puts them at greater risk for numerous life-threatening complications. With proper care, no one should suffer from malnutrition in a nursing home.
Bedsores are another serious condition that should never develop with proper nursing home care. Bedsores result from extended periods of immobility, and in addition to being extremely painful they can quickly progress to permanent, life-changing injuries. If you or a loved one has developed a bedsore in a nursing home, you should seek both medical attention and legal representation right away.
Nursing home residents are often led to wander and elope by circumstances beyond their control. In addition, residents who suffer from other forms of negligence and abuse are more prone to elope. To prevent elderly residents from unwittingly putting themselves in harm’s way, nursing homes must implement appropriate safety measures designed to avoid the risks of wandering and elopement.
Contact Louisville, KY Attorney Seth Gladstein about Your Nursing Home Negligence or Abuse Claim
No one should have to suffer due to nursing home negligence or abuse. If you suspect that you or a loved one may be a victim, we encourage you to contact us to learn more about what we can do to help. We offer *free, confidential consultations, and we are committed to ensuring that our clients achieve the justice they deserve. To speak with an attorney about your situation, please call (800) 991-0474 or contact us 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.