Nursing home abuse can take many forms which can all be devastating for victims and their families. It is helpful for victims and families to be familiar with the different forms of nursing home abuse and neglect and the legal protections available to victims.
Types of abuse
There are several different types of nursing home abuse and neglect including physical abuse, mental abuse, sexual abuse, economic exploitation abuse and neglect. This blog has discussed signs to watch for when nursing home abuse and neglect is suspected.
Various factors can contribute to the occurrence of nursing home abuse and neglect. These include poorly trained staff; staff with a history of violence; inadequate numbers of staff; and isolation of residents. Nursing homes can be liable for the damages victims and their families suffer in different situations.
Nursing homes can be liable for negligent supervision and care of residents; negligent hiring and retention of employees; negligent maintenance of the premises; and negligent selection or maintenance of equipment. Nursing homes can be liable for the damages victims suffer if they are understaffed or inadequately train their staff and it leads to harm. If they employ staff with a history of harming patients, as an example, and the staff member harms the resident, the nursing home may be liable for the damages the victim suffers.
A personal injury claim for damages brought by the victim may be able to help them recover compensation for their damages. A legal claim for damages can help hold the nursing home accountable and provide protection for the victim.