Brian Vines was honored to speak along with other experts on nursing home litigation at the Kentucky Justice Association’s spring seminar, Keys to Building a Successful Nursing Home Case, in Lexington, KY on Thursday, April 2, 2015. Based on his experience in representing families in nursing home litigation in the Commonwealth, he presented legal strategies that can assist other lawyers obtain documents that are critical to their clients’ cases in nursing home litigation. Along with Matt Minner, the managing partner of Hare Wynn’s Lexington office, Brian frequently represents families whose loved ones have been injured due to the neglect of a nursing facility.
In his speech, “Overcoming the ‘So Called’ Quality Assurance Privilege,” Brian argued that the “quality assurance privilege,” on which defendants so often rely, does not prevent families in Kentucky from obtaining documents that are critical to holding negligent nursing facilities accountable. Rather than deferring to defendants’ reliance on this privilege, Brian supplied Kentucky lawyers with a persuasive argument based on Kentucky law that this “so called” privilege has no applicability in the Court’s of the Commonwealth. Instead, under Kentucky law, families are entitled to documents that reveal what steps, if any, the facilities have taken to ensure the safety of their residents.
When asked about the seminar, Brian responded, “One of my great joys is helping families in Kentucky, and it’s my pleasure to help other lawyers do the same. My hope is that this seminar will assist other lawyers in representing families in Kentucky and improving the safety of nursing facilities across the state.”