Nursing home abuse and neglect can leave victims and their loved ones wondering what to do. It is essential for victims and their family members to be familiar with legal protections and how they can help them, in addition to who may be liable for the harm caused by nursing home abuse and neglect.
Liability for nursing home abuse
Liability for nursing home abuse and neglect can apply in different ways based on the circumstances. In certain situations, nursing homes may be liable for nursing home abuse and neglect of residents including:
- If the nursing home negligently supervised and cared for residents in their care;
- If the nursing home negligently hired or retained nursing home staff;
- If the nursing home negligently trained or supervised nursing home staff;
- If the nursing home failed to adequately staff the nursing home facility or to properly train nursing home staff;
- If the nursing home negligently maintained the premises, failing to provide for the safety and security of residents; and
- If the nursing home negligently selected or maintained equipment at the nursing home.
There are many signs of nursing home abuse and neglect that can range from physical to psychological and emotional. Family members should know what to watch for and where to turn when a loved one has been harmed, including how to make a claim for damages.
Seek guidance to protect your loved ones’ best interests
Nursing homes are a place where loved ones are placed with the expectation and trust that they will be properly cared for and kept safe. When that trust is violated and a loved one has been harmed in a nursing home setting, victims and families have legal remedies available to them to hold a negligent nursing home accountable and assist with their damages.