Elderly residents are some of the most vulnerable people we have in the country. When it becomes necessary to place a loved one in a nursing home so he or she can receive necessary care, you expect that your loved one will be cared for in a nurturing and responsible way. Sadly, that isn't always the case. One certified medical technician is facing a murder charge in connection with the death of an elderly patient under his care.
The incident occurred in July of 2007 when the defendant allegedly gave an 86-year-old woman a fatal dose of insulin. The defendant called police to confess to the murder of the woman.
A Jefferson County grand jury indicted him on the charge. He is being held on a $50,000 cash bond. A judge entered a plea of not guilty on the man's behalf. Detectives are now looking into the man's history in Kentucky and two other states to determine if there are any similar incidents.
Having to place a loved one in a nursing home is a difficult situation for anyone. Learning that your loved one wasn't properly cared for while in the nursing home might lead to you question your choice. If your loved one dies because of nursing home neglect, you might feel responsible if you helped make the decision to use that nursing home.
While seeking compensation for injuries or death of someone cared for in a nursing home likely won't reduce the pain of the situation. It might help to cover some of the financial obligations caused by the incident. Seeking the assistance of an experienced Kentucky medical malpractice attorney might help you to understand the process of seeking compensation.
Source: Washington Times, "Ky. man charged with murder in 2007 death" No author given, Feb. 05, 2014