Nursing Home Negligence is all too common. There are countless accidents, abuses, and failures to act that may leave a nursing home or other care facility legally liable, either based on the conduct of an employee or based on a policy or ongoing practice at the facility. Let’s look at some common ones.
Common Examples of Nursing Home Negligence
- Failure to keep the premises reasonably safe and free of hazards (meaning dangers that the facility and its staff are aware of, and those they should be aware of through reasonable diligence). This includes everything from preventing slip and fall accidents to preventing one resident from attacking another.
- Negligent hiring of an employee who ends up neglecting, abusing, or otherwise intentionally harming a patient. The failure to properly train and supervise employees may also come into play here.
- Negligent supervision of residents who then fall, or otherwise injure themselves.
- Inadequate maintainance of health and safety policies, including keeping clean and sanitary conditions in resident rooms and in common areas.
- Failure to adhere to patient’s dietary restrictions. This can include unhealthy foods or food allergies.
- Failure to provide adequate medical treatment that is in line with the medical standard of care under the circumstances. When the provision of sub-standard medical care causes harm to a resident, there may be a case for medical malpractice against the nursing home facility and/or against a medical professional who treated the resident.
What Can You Do?
Knowledge is important. Make sure to check in regularly and keep in touch with who the staff is, communicate with the supervisers. It’s also good to keep an open dialogue with your loved one about how their experience at the facility is.
If you feel that there is negligence or abuse present, do not hesitate to contact an attorney to discuss your options.