Have You Been Injured? We're Ready to Fight for You.

Kentucky Legislature Drops Two Bills to Protect Nursing Home Residents

Published on Apr 15, 2013 at 8:15 am in Nursing Home Abuse.

Kentucky Nursing Home LegislatureTwo bills introduced in the Kentucky legislature during the most recent session are aimed at protecting nursing home residents by improving nursing homes’ abilities to screen potential employees. However, both bills failed to pass through the legislature – a fact that concerns experienced Kentucky nursing home injury attorneys, as it reduces the resources available to fight nursing home abuse and neglect.

The first bill, House Bill 73, ensures continued funding for a background-check program that is already in place. Currently, Kentucky has a fingerprint-based background check requirement for job candidates seeking to work with nursing home residents.  Through June 30, 2014, the program will be funded by a $3 million federal grant and $1 million in state funds.  Without the additional funding sought by House Bill 73, however, the program will fall by the wayside.

House Bill 73 was passed by a full vote of the Kentucky House, but it was never heard by a Senate committee or brought to the Senate floor for a vote.  However, the legislature will have a chance in the next session to pass a bill that continues funding the fingerprint background check program before its funding runs out.

The second bill, House Bill 367, would have created a registry that lists nursing home workers involved in substantiated cases of abuse or neglect.  Currently, Kentucky has such a registry for people who work with children, but the state does not have one for those who work with the elderly, including nursing home workers.  House Bill 367 had a companion bill in the Senate. However, both bills failed to pass for the fourth consecutive year.

Meet Your Team

Tad Thomas - Trial Lawyer

Tad Thomas

Managing Partner

Tad Thomas has dedicated his practice to representing plaintiffs in various types of civil litigation, including personal injury, business litigation, class actions, and multi-district litigation.

After graduating with his law degree in 2000 from Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University, Mr. Thomas immediately opened his own private practice and began representing injury victims.

In 2011, Thomas Law Offices was established in Louisville, Kentucky. Over the past decade, Mr. Thomas has expanded his firm and now has offices in three additional locations: Cincinnati, Ohio, Columbia, Missouri, and Chicago, Illinois. He is also a frequent lecturer on topics like trial skills and ethics and technology.

Free Case Evaluation

At Thomas Law Offices, our personal injury attorneys recognize that our potential clients are likely going through some of the most difficult times of their lives. We don't want you to have to worry about paying out-of-pocket for legal advice when you're just starting to learn your legal rights and options. That's why we provide free case evaluations. We'll offer our expert advice about your potential case and walk you through how we can help you.

Call us or fill out the form below to tell us about your potential case and a personal injury lawyer will get back to you as quickly as possible.

Legal & Firm News

What You Need to Know About Business Litigation and Contingency Fees

If your business has ever been involved in a legal matter, you may be surprised to hear the two phrases together: business litigation and contingency fees. Traditionally, it has been more common to associate a contingency fee model with personal injury law involving individual parties rather than businesses. But this is no longer always the […]

Read More

Signs of PTSD in Military Service Members

It’s estimated that up to one-third of military service members suffer from PTSD. PTSD, post-traumatic stress disorder, is a mental health condition that can develop following a traumatic event. This usually means an event involving actual or threatened death, serious injury, or abuse. People who have seen combat, witnessed death, or experienced a life-threatening situation […]

Read More

AAA Conducts Study Examining Travel Before and During COVID-19

In 2021, new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety’s New American Driving Survey revealed shifts in driving, traveling, and commuting patterns in the United States. The statistics gathered between July 2019 and December 2020 cannot be analyzed without consideration of COVID-19’s unignorable impact on the numbers—numbers showing marked differences from previous years’ findings.

Read More