When a loved one has been harmed in a nursing home, family members and the victim should be familiar with the legal protections available to them. There are several different circumstances when a nursing home may be liable for the damages suffered by the victim and the victim’s family that both should be aware of.
Negligent personal supervision and care
When the injury or harm the victim suffered was due to negligent personal supervision and care, the nursing home facility may be liable for the damages suffered. Failing properly supervise and care for patients can lead to liability for a nursing home for negligence.
Negligent hiring and retention of employees
When a victim suffers injury or harm in a nursing home because of an employee that was negligently hired or retained, the nursing home may be liable. Nursing homes have a duty of reasonable care when hiring and retaining their staff members and ma be liable for a deviation from that responsibility.
Negligent maintenance of the premises
When a victim suffers injury or harm because of negligently maintained nursing home facilities, the nursing home may be liable. The premises should be maintained for safety and security.
Negligent selection or maintenance of equipment
When a victim suffers injury or harm because of a negligently selected or maintained equipment, the nursing home may be liable. Nursing homes should properly select and maintain equipment for the safety of residents.
Nursing home abuse and neglect is one of the worst fears of many family members who entrust the care of their loved ones to nursing homes each year. For that reason, important legal protections are available to those victims and families who have suffered because of nursing home abuse or neglect.