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Employee Being Investigated For Sexually Assaulting Resident

By David Zevan  Jul. 18, 2013 2:14p

In Kentucky, a Lexington man is being investigated after complaints of nursing home abuse were filed against him on behalf of an elderly woman.

Police report that an 87 year old woman who was a resident of Lextington’s Cambridge Place Nursing and Rehabilitation Care, filed a report of sexual assault in the nursing home earlier in the month. According to the report, on April 12, the resident was sexually assaulted by one of the nursing home employees. Immediately, administrators at the home called 911 at the request of the resident and she explained what happened.

At this point no arrests have been made. The incident is still under investigation and the suspect is currently being investigated by police, who report that the case is still open. The employee’s name has not been released.

Administrators at the nursing home released a statement saying that they do care about resident safety and that they intend to take extra safety precautions and do whatever is necessary to help and protect their residents. “Resident care and safety is our number one concern. We take these allegations very seriously. Upon learning of this allegation, we took immediate and appropriate actions and will continue to cooperate with the investigation. Due to resident confidentiality, we cannot comment further,” one of the administrator told a local news station.

In Kentucky, victims of nursing home abuse can file civil charges against the abuser. Finding a nursing home abuse attorney should be the next step after reporting the abuse to the nursing home and to authorities. In some cases the suspect may face criminal charges filed by police and the civil charges that the victim’s family chooses to pursue. Holding perpetrators of abuse and neglect responsible is an important part of eradicating nursing home abuse and showing facilities that this type of treatment of their residents will absolutely not be tolerated.

There were two Kentucky bills that could have aided in the prevention of nursing home abuse that were unfortunately denied. House Bill 73 was a mandate, necessitating that all potential nursing home employees would undergo a criminal background check was not passed by the Senate. Another bill would allow for a list of workers to be created who have been involved in previous nursing home abuse and neglect cases, also failed. This was the fourth year that this particular bill failed.

Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys

Protect your family member or loved one as well as other residents by reporting abuses and making sure that the case is investigated. If abuse or wrongful death has occurred, you should contact a nursing home abuse attorney for a free case evaluation so that you can determine how to proceed in seeking justice and obtaining whatever compensation that you may be entitled to. In civil court you can seek damages relating to medical expenses, pain and suffering, emotional suffering, loss of companionship, etc. An experienced nursing home abuse attorney will have handled abuse cases before and will know how to help you get justice and get the compensation you and your family deserves.

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