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May 31, 2012

Extendicare Health Services Inc., a major nursing home chain, said it will be leaving Kentucky due to the risk of nursing home abuse lawsuits. The company owns a nursing home in Richmond that was the site of nursing home abuse caught on a hidden camera.

The founder of Kentuckians for Nursing Home Reform said if the nursing homes abide by regulations they wouldn’t need to worry about being sued.

Extendicare Health Services had hoped a law would be passed requiring that nursing home abuse lawsuits undergo a medical review panel. When the law proposal was not called for a vote before the House Health and Welfare Committee, the nursing facility company decided to pull out of Kentucky, citing too much financial risk.

Those against the proposed law say it could impede justice and create an unfair burden on potential victims and their families.

A nursing home abuse lawyer provides abuse and neglect victims with an avenue to pursue justice as well as help prevent abuse from occurring in the future.


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