Investigative report finds that criminal charges for nursing home abuse may take years

Even after a nursing home receives a citation for the abuse or death of a patient, it some times takes a very long time for criminal charges to be filed, if ever.

In Kentucky, in May of 2009, James “Ronnie Duncan” fell in the nursing home where he lived but he was not treated for three hours after the fall and he died because of traumatic brain injury and bleeding in the brain. Now, eleven months later, a citation has been made against the Johnson Mather Nursing Home where he lived but no decision regarding criminal charges has been made.

This is not an isolated case. Investigations in wrong doing by nursing homes often languish for years going by before a decision about criminal charges is ever made.

In an investigative report in the Lexington Herald-Leader by Valarie Honeycutt Spears and Beth Musgrave, other cases involving patients who were seriously injured by nursing home neglect are profiled. In the profiled cases, criminal charges have yet to be filed. States often drag their feet in filing charges because of budget cuts and case back logs. Also one wonders if nursing home abuse is just not a high priority when there are other criminals out there.

If you have a loved one who has been injured due to nursing home abuse or neglect, you should contact an experienced Personal Injury Attorney who can protect your loved one’s rights and help them obtain compensation for their damages. The Farber Law Group has more than 40 years experience representing nursing home abuse victims and their families.

Contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 or to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. We have offices in Seattle and Bellevue to assist you.

Abuse investigations tend to languish
Regulators blame staff, budget cuts and bureaucracy for delays By Valarie Honeycutt Spears and Beth Musgrave Lexington Herald-Leader July 12, 2010

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