Kentucky Nursing Home Lawsuit Alleges Resident’s Death After Elopement

162017_132140396847214_292624_nA Kentucky nursing home neglect case was filed on May 31, 2016 by the executor of the estate of a 95-year-old resident of the defendant nursing home who eloped from the nursing home on January 16, 2016, when the temperature outside had reached 6 degrees above zero, and froze to death on the front lawn of a private residence that was two tenths of a mile from the nursing home’s location.

The resident, who was described in the Kentucky nursing home wrongful death lawsuit as having physical and mental disabilities at the time of her elopement, had left the nursing home facility undetected due to the nursing home’s negligent failure to adequately assess, assist, care for, supervise, and monitor the resident’s activities, according to the nursing home negligence lawsuit. The nursing home negligence lawsuit also alleges that the defendant nursing home had not taken appropriate measures to prevent residents from eloping from its facility.

The plaintiff further alleges that the defendant nursing home’s staff negligently failed to follow the nursing home’s policies and protocols and that the nursing home itself failed to adequately staff its facility and failed to adequately train its staff.

The Kentucky nursing home negligence wrongful death lawsuit alleges that the defendant nursing home failed to note the absence of the elderly woman from her room by failing to timely check on her, and negligently failed to implement a care plan for the resident. When the nursing home staff finally discovered that the woman was missing from its facility, a search was undertaken during the early morning.

The woman’s frozen body, which was not properly dressed for the cold temperature outside, including not having a coat on, was discovered at 9:15 a.m. in the front yard of a private residence. The local county coroner determined that the woman had fallen off of the front porch of the private residence and thereby ended up in the front yard. The coroner surmised that the woman would have frozen to death within a few minutes due to her age, her lack of appropriate clothing, and the extreme cold temperature outside that night and morning.

The Kentucky wrongful death lawsuit seeks compensatory and punitive damages for the woman’s injuries including physical pain and mental anguish suffered by the woman before her death, funeral and burial expenses, as well as other appropriate relief.


If you or a loved one suffered injuries (or worse) while a resident of a nursing home in Kentucky or in another U.S. state due to nursing home neglect, nursing home negligence, nursing home abuse, or resident on resident abuse, you should promptly contact a local nursing home claim attorney in your U.S. state who may investigate your nursing home claim for you and file a nursing home claim on your behalf, if appropriate.

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