The family of William A. Kahle, 47, a mentally impaired resident of the Hillcrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, has filed suit against the facility alleging that the home failed to protect their son and other patients from a resident who was predatory.
In their lawsuit, Kahle’s family alleges that William was attacked and burnt by another resident.
When the Department of Public Health investigated the attack on Kahle, they discovered that another 23 residents had been subjected to some form of sexual, mental or physical abuse by another resident at the facility around the same time that Kahle was injured.
The investigation found that one resident, a 26-year-old man with bipolar and ADHD was responsible for the attacks on up to two dozen residents.
In their lawsuit, Kahle’s family alleges that the nursing home was both negligent in allowing the abuse to happen and failing to report it.
Owners or employees of adult family homes, nursing homes or boarding homes are considered to be Mandatory Reporters and they are required by law to report to law enforcement knowledge or suspicions that a vulnerable adult is a victim of abuse, neglect, abandonment or financial exploitation. A mandatory reporter who fails to report nursing home abuse or neglect may may be liable under civil law for damages resulting from the abuse or neglect.
According to the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), only one in 14 actual incidents of elder abuse is reported. Every year between 1 and 2 million Americans over the age of 65 are subjected to some type of elder abuse by a person who they depend on for care.
Symptoms of elder abuse can include falls, fractures, bedsores, medication areas, bruising, and wandering off. While most nursing homes provide a good standard of care, some, due to inadequate staffing, training or background checks may not provide adequate care resulting in jury to the residents.
An Elder Abuse Attorney Can Help
A personal attorney with expertise in nursing home abuse or neglect is an excellent resource if you suspect a loved one has been abused, injured or neglect in a nursing home setting. An attorney can help you put a stop to the wrong done to your loved one.
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The Farber Law Group has more than 40 years experience representing the victims of nursing home abuse and neglect. We have obtained compensation for clients who have had serious injuries including bedsores, and fractures due to falls.
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