Medical Technician Guilty Of Fatal Medical Error

Medical errors can be fatal as illustrated in the news report by The Associated Press/WATE earlier this year. A certified medical technician, David Satterfield, pleaded guilty to charges related to the death of an 86-year-old nursing home resident in 2007. Marcelline Vale received an overdose of insulin that resulted in death. Satterfield admitted he gave the patient the insulin even though there was no medical reason to give the injection to the patient. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison. Satterfield was working at the Parkway Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Louisville through an employment agency when the incident occurred. […]

By | December 5th, 2016|Nursing Home Abuse, Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect, Personal Injury, Wrongful Death|Comments Off on Medical Technician Guilty Of Fatal Medical Error

Who Can I Sue For Nursing Home Abuse?

Deciding to place your loved one in a nursing home is a difficult process. Usually, families choose a nursing home after months or years of trying to care for a loved one at home. Many patients in nursing homes need continuous personal care and/or medical care that is beyond the capabilities of the family. When you choose a nursing home, you place your trust in the owner of the nursing home, doctors, nurses, and staff. Unfortunately, there are instances when that trust is broken. If your loved one is the victim of neglect or abuse, our Louisville nursing home abuse can help you seek justice for your family member. […]

By | November 25th, 2016|Nursing Home Abuse, Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect, Personal Injury|Comments Off on Who Can I Sue For Nursing Home Abuse?

Trials In Nursing Home Abuse Case Pushed To 2017

The Bowling Green Daily News reported last month that the trials for three former nursing home employees would be pushed to 2017.  The trials had been scheduled for November 3; however, the trials are not scheduled for February 23, 2017. The trials stem from allegations of abuse and neglect at the Edmonson Center Nursing Home. One person faces 14 counts of first-degree criminal abuse of an adult, 14 counts of fourth-degree assault, two counts of second-degree wanton endangerment, and 14 counts of knowingly abusing/neglecting an adult. […]

By | November 11th, 2016|Kentucky Injury Lawyer, Nursing Home Abuse, Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect, Personal Injury|Comments Off on Trials In Nursing Home Abuse Case Pushed To 2017

Hospital Errors, Medical Malpractice, a Leading Cause of Death in Kentucky?

Patients in emergency situations often have no choice about what hospital they are transported to, but those who are undergoing planned surgeries for heart conditions or otherwise seeking treatment for cancer or serious medical conditions have the opportunity to research hospitals in advance and may have a choice about where they undergo care. If you or a loved one is planning any procedure in a hospital, Medical Malpractice lawyers in Louisville, KY believe it is essential for patients to understand the risks and be aware of the high number of fatal medical mistakes occurring each year. Medical errors have long been a concern for patients, with studies as far back as 1998 estimating that around 98,000 people were killed each year because of preventable medical errors in hospitals. Now, however, new data indicates that the risk of death to due hospital negligence may be far greater than previously believed.  […]

By | November 4th, 2016|Bedsores, Medical Malpractice, Medical Malpractice Lawyer, Medicare Fraud & Claims, Nursing Home Abuse, Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect, Posts|Comments Off on Hospital Errors, Medical Malpractice, a Leading Cause of Death in Kentucky?

Can I Sue For Emotional Abuse In A Nursing Home?

Elder abuse is a serious problem in America. Millions of elderly individuals are abused each year in this country. One estimate states that 1 in 10 Americans 60 years and older are victims of abuse. Elder abuse occurs in any setting, including in nursing homes, assisted care facilities, hospitals, and at home. Additionally, elder abuse takes many forms. What Constitutes Elder Abuse? Elder abuse can take one of several different forms. Most people think about physical abuse when they hear about elder abuse. However, there are other forms of elder abuse, including: Financial abuse; Verbal abuse; Neglect; and, Emotional abuse. […]

By | October 19th, 2016|Nursing Home Abuse, Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect, Personal Injury|Comments Off on Can I Sue For Emotional Abuse In A Nursing Home?

Should I Be Worried About Falls In Nursing Homes?

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), falls injure millions of elderly individuals each year in the United States. Almost three million senior citizens are treated in emergency rooms each year for fall injuries with over 800,000 patients being hospitalized after a fall. Approximately one in four adults 65 years and older experiences a fall each year. The risk of falling doubles for elderly individuals who have had a previous fall. […]

By | October 17th, 2016|Nursing Home Abuse, Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect|Comments Off on Should I Be Worried About Falls In Nursing Homes?

Elder Abuse in Kentucky

It is estimated that one in ten Americans over the age of 60 are victims of elder abuse each year. Elder abuse is a difficult subject; however, it is a subject that must be addressed. Thousands of senior citizens are being abused or neglected each day in this country. It is everyone’s responsibility to take acts to prevent abuse when possible. Common Types of Elder Abuse Elder abuse can take many forms. Some of the most common forms of abuse include: […]

By | September 26th, 2016|Nursing Home Abuse, Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect, Personal Injury, Wrongful Death|Comments Off on Elder Abuse in Kentucky

Do I Need a Nursing Home Abuse Attorney or Just a Kentucky Long-Term Care Ombudsman?

What is the Kentucky Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program? The ombudsman program is actually a federal program that began in 1972 as a provision of the Older Americans Act. The federal Administration on Aging administers the ombudsman program. Each of the 50 states has an ombudsman office within the state. The purpose of ombudsman program is to work with families and individuals to resolve problems faced by residents of nursing homes, personal care homes, and family care homes. […]

By | September 23rd, 2016|Kentucky Injury Lawyer, Nursing Home Abuse, Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect|Comments Off on Do I Need a Nursing Home Abuse Attorney or Just a Kentucky Long-Term Care Ombudsman?

Can Elder Abuse Occur In A Hospital?

When we discuss elder abuse, we typically think of nursing home abuse. While seniors are often the victim of abuse in nursing homes, the elderly are also at risk for elder abuse in the hospital. Knowing the risks and signs of abuse is the first step in preventing elder abuse. Forms Of Elder Abuse or Neglect In Hospitals Elderly patients are at risk for certain forms of neglect or abuse in hospitals. Forms of abuse older patients are at risk for during a hospital stay include: Bed Sores – If an adult cannot reposition himself or herself, pressure ulcers (i.e. bed sores) can form. Bed sores can lead to serious medical conditions if not treated quickly. Falls – Seniors are at a high risk for falls. When they are under the influence of medications that can make the drowsy or disoriented, falls become more of a risk. Malnutrition – Some elderly patients have problems eating. If someone does not feed them, they may suffer from malnutrition. This can impede recovery, in addition to causing other health problems. New Medications – If the medical staff is not careful when administering new medications, elderly patients could have an adverse reaction because of other medications they are taking. Elderly patients often are on numerous medications. They may not remember all of the medications they have been taken when answering questions for medical staff. Infectious Disease – All patients in a hospital are at risk for catching an infectious disease. However, the elderly often have a compromised immune system that makes them very susceptible to infectious diseases such as pneumonia and MRS. […]

By | September 21st, 2016|Kentucky Injury Lawyer, Nursing Home Abuse, Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect|Comments Off on Can Elder Abuse Occur In A Hospital?