Video Reveals Oklahoma City Nursing Home Abuse

Oklahoma City nursing home abuse lawyers represent families of patients who have been abused or neglected in nursing homes and long term care facilities.  These personal injury attorneys understand that the decision to place a loved one in a nursing home or assisted living facility is difficult, and with stories of nursing home neglect and abuse continuing to make headlines, the decision becomes even more complicated. Earlier this week, police arrested two nursing assistants with the Quail Creek Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Oklahoma City, after a secretly recorded video showed one employee abusing a patient while the other looked on and did nothing to stop the abuse.  Arrested were Lucy Waithira Gakunga, 23, and Caroline Kaseke, 28.  Each woman was arrested on one complaint of neglect by a caretaker. Family members of a patient at the facility placed the video camera in the 96-year-old woman's room after they began to suspect someone was stealing from her.  According to an incident report, the video instead revealed Lucy Gakunga slapping the patient in the face with latex gloves, then forcing the gloves into her mouth while the patient tried to push her hands away.  Gakunga then lifted the patient into bed and pushed the side of her face to force her to lie down and compressed her chest, although nursing home administrators say there was no medical reason for the chest compression.  Caroline Kaseke witnessed the abuse but did nothing to stop it or to help the victim. Upon seeing the video, family members notified a nursing home administrator who alerted police. While Gakunga and Kaseke will likely face criminal charges for the nursing home abuse, the family may also consider hiring an Oklahoma City nursing home litigation attorney.  Though a criminal case may result in punishment of the abusers, a civil case can yield financial compensation for the victim and her family.  The facility was entrusted with the care of the elderly woman who suffers from dementia and painful arthritis; instead, she was subject to the abuse of her caretakers.  In nursing home litigation, victims may be able to receive compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more. If you suspect your loved one is the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, take immediate action to safeguard your loved one.  Talk to the facility's administrators or notify police if you have specific evidence of abuse.  Contact an experienced nursing home abuse lawyer in Oklahoma City to find out how you can protect your loved one and receive compensation for the damage done to your loved one.

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