Nursing homes and assisted living facilities should be safe places for older or disabled adults to receive the care they need to live their lives. Unfortunately, many residents of these facilities suffer serious injuries that were preventable or even intentional. There are different ways that nursing home residents can be injured, and, in many cases, residents have the right to hold the nursing home responsible for all of their losses related to their injuries. Such losses can include medical costs, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and more.
The following is a brief overview of the most common causes of nursing home injuries.
Negligence – Nursing homes owe their residents a high duty of care to provide a safe and healthy environment that will prevent injuries. In too many facilities, however, you may find that hazards exist that can cause falls or other accidents. In addition, if a resident is not properly supervised, he or she may fall and injure himself or herself. Anytime the duty of care is breached and someone suffers injury, the nursing home may be deemed negligent.
Neglect – Nursing homes promise to provide the basic necessities and more for residents, including food, shelter, and medical care. In some facilities, staff members fail to provide for even the basic needs of residents and residents can suffer from malnutrition, isolation, untreated ailments, infections from unsanitary conditions, and more. Such situations often rise to the level of neglect on the part of the nursing home.
Abuse – In other cases, injuries may occur because of intentional actions on the part of staff members that cause harm to a resident. According to the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), this type of abuse is widely underreported as many nursing home residents may feel too threatened or scared to report what happened or may not have the cognitive abilities to do so. Such abuse can include:
Any of the above can result in severe injuries to nursing home residents. If you believe your loved one has been a victim of negligence, neglect, or abuse in a nursing home, please call the Law Offices of Piazza, Simmons & Grant as soon as possible at 203-504-5840 for a free consultation.