On September 3, a grand jury in Edmonson County, Kentucky, issued formal charges against three former Brownsville nursing home workers. The indictment reportedly accused the individuals of committing a total of 69 counts of first-degree criminal abuse of an adult, assault, wanton endangerment, and knowingly abusing or neglecting an adult residing at the Genesis Healthcare Edmonson Center Nursing Home. The three persons who were charged allegedly abused a number of residents living in the 74-bed facility between August 2013 and February of this year. Edmonson County Commonwealth Attorney Tim Coleman stated the Kentucky State Police Post 3 in Bowling Green led the investigation into the numerous abuse allegations leveled at the three former nursing home staff members.
A spokesperson for the Brownsville nursing home stated the facility has a zero-tolerance elder abuse policy. She claimed the nursing home immediately reports any suspected abuse or neglect to law enforcement officials, as required by law. The spokesperson also said any employee suspected of abuse is immediately suspended pending an investigation and terminated where appropriate. She added that the three individuals charged are no longer employed by the skilled nursing facility due to the troubling elder abuse accusations.
According to law enforcement authorities, the three former nursing home workers, a 30-year-old man, a 22-year-old woman, and a 49-year-old-woman, are currently being held on a cash bond at the Hart County Jail. No court date is currently set for trial. Each of the former Brownsville facility workers charged now faces a potential prison sentence of up to 10 years.
Although the three employees in this case were criminally charged for their alleged elder abuse, nursing home residents who were hurt by someone tasked with their care may also seek recourse by filing a civil claim against the facility. In order to bring a lawsuit against a skilled nursing facility, the victim of abuse or neglect must be able to demonstrate the facility engaged in negligent behavior. In general, this means an injured nursing home resident is required to show the facility owed the victim a duty, the nursing home breached that duty, and the victim’s harm resulted from that breach. For example, a nursing home is required to provide all residents with the level of care that similarly situated and trained professionals would provide.
If you or a loved one suffered nursing home abuse or neglect in Kentucky, you should contact a skilled nursing home abuse attorney to discuss your rights. To schedule a free consultation with an experienced nursing home neglect lawyer, call English, Lucas, Priest & Owsley, LLP at (270) 781-6500 or contact us today through our website.
Ex-nursing home workers indicted, by Justin Story, Park City Daily News
More Blog Posts
Negligence Per Se in Kentucky, August 28, 2014, Kentucky Personal Injury Attorneys Blog
Kentucky Court of Appeals Refuses to Compel Arbitration in Bowling Green Nursing Home Injury Case, August 19, 2014, Kentucky Personal Injury Attorneys Blog
Photo Credit: juanarreo, MorgueFile