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Legal resources for victims of nursing home abuse and neglect

It is important to know that when a loved one has been harmed in a nursing home, legal resources are available to protect victims and their families and to hold negligent nursing homes accountable for nursing home abuse and neglect. This blog recently discussed the important, and difficult, decision of entrusting a loved one’s care to a nursing home which is why it is essential to be familiar with legal resources that loved one ends up harmed.

It is important for families to understand that a nursing home may be liable for negligent care and treatment of their loved one. A personal injury claim for damages through the civil legal process can help protect victims and their loved ones and ensure they receive the compensation they need to help with their physical, financial and emotional losses stemming from the negligence of a nursing home.

Nursing homes may be legally liable in a variety of different circumstances including if they provided negligent supervision and care of the resident; if they negligently hired and retained staff and employees; if they failed to property train staff or failed to have adequate staff for the care and safety of residents; if the negligently maintained the nursing home premises; or if they negligently selected or maintained the nursing home equipment. There are certain standards that must be met and if the nursing home has fallen short, they may be liable to the victims.

Nursing home abuse and neglect is a serious concern for many families who have made the difficult decision to place a loved one in a long-term care facility. As a result, legal protections and remedies are available when a nursing home has failed to properly care for a loved one, leaving them harmed.