Who Is Liable For Nursing Home Abuse?

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Nursing home abuse is a serious concern in our communities and for families who have entrusted the care of their loved one to a nursing home. That is why legal protections are available that allow for a claim for damages to be brought when the victim has suffered abuse in a nursing home or long-term care facility.

Nursing home residents can, unfortunately, suffer both physical and psychological abuse in a nursing home or long-term care facility setting. Different conditions can be present in a nursing home that can contribute to victims suffering nursing home abuse. When a nursing home retains poorly qualified or inadequately trained staff; staff that has a history of violence; an inadequate number of staff; or isolates residents, the nursing home may be liable for damages suffered by the victim as a result.

Instances of nursing home abuse may result in regulatory investigations, criminal charges or a civil claim for damages brought by the victim or family members of the victim in some instances. Civil liability may be based on negligence or other legal standards. A nursing home may face a claim for damages based on negligent hiring and retention of staff members; negligent personal supervision or care; negligent maintenance of the premises; or negligent selection or maintenance of equipment.

claim for damages for nursing home abuse can be complex which is why it is useful for victims of nursing home abuse and their families to understand the elements of a claim. It is also helpful for victims and families to ensure all of their questions about a claim for nursing home abuse are answered because of how important the legal protections are to help victims recover compensation for their damages.

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