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.
Medication Errors in Nursing Homes
Unfortunately, medication errors in nursing homes are more common than you might believe. Many instances go unreported because residents are unable or unwilling to tell family members what happened. Some patients simply do not understand what is happening to them while other patients may be threatened with harm if they tell their family about a mistake. As you can see in the above case, these errors can be intentional, and they can result in death.
Most nursing homes have medication protocols similar to hospitals to prevent medication errors from occurring. However, even the strictest protocols do not prevent intentional negligence and abuse in nursing homes. When nursing home abuse occurs, patients and families can take action to hold the parties responsible for the abuse accountable for their actions.
What Can You Do About Nursing Home Abuse?
If you suspect nursing home abuse, report it! The only way we can make nursing homes safe for our loved ones is to report abuse when it occurs. You can call the local police department and contact the Kentucky Long-Term Care Ombudsman program. However, you can also take additional action.
If your loved one is the victim of nursing home abuse, you may have a civil claim against the abuser, the nursing home, and other parties. Under Kentucky law, you may be able to hold parties financially liable for the abuse. By filing a nursing home abuse lawsuit, you can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, emotional distress, and physical pain. The monetary award does not undo the abuse, but it does provide the much-needed financial support to help care for the victim.
A nursing home abuse lawsuit also brings to light the abuse. By shining a bright light on nursing home abuse, we help others who may be suffering abuse understand that they do not have to suffer alone. We also send strong messages to other elder care facilities that breaches of the duty of care, negligence, and intentional elder abuse and neglect will not be tolerated.
Call A Louisville Nursing Home Abuse Attorney For More Information
If you suspect your loved one may be the victim of nursing home abuse, don’t delay. The time to file a claim is limited to one year under Kentucky’s statute of limitations.
Call the Shelton Law Group at 1-888-761-7204 or use our online contact form to schedule a free legal consultation with one of our Louisville nursing home abuse attorneys. We are here to provide the legal guidance and support you need as you seek justice for your loved one.