Abuse and neglect in a nursing home setting is a serious concern for families who have entrusted the care of their loved one to a nursing home or long-term care facility. The only way for residents and their families to protect themselves is to be familiar with what nursing home abuse is and the legal resources and protections available when a loved one has been harmed in a nursing home.
In general, nursing home abuse occurs when the resident of a nursing home facility suffers physical, emotional or psychological harm that is caused by negligent or intentional actions of caregivers. Examples of nursing home abuse can include physical abuse, including hitting and pushing the victim; mental or psychological abuse, including verbal abuse; neglect, including a failure to frequently check in on the resident or check their medical conditions, which includes bed sores; sexual abuse, including the use of the victim for sexual purposes and exploitation including manipulating the victim into providing money and favors.
Nursing homes can be liable for nursing home abuse and neglect. Situations in which a nursing home may be liable to victims include circumstances of nursing home abuse and inadequate care, negligent hiring and retention of employees, inadequately supervising employees and improperly maintaining nursing home facilities for the health and safety of residents. A personal injury claim for damages can help victims of nursing home abuse and their families recover compensation for their damages.
Nursing home abuse and neglect is a serious concern for many families, which is why it is important for them to be familiar with their rights and know how to assert those rights when the trust they placed in a nursing home has been violated. Legal remedies can hold the nursing home accountable and help victims of nursing home abuse and their families with the damages they have suffered.