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Suing a Nursing Home for Negligence_ What to Know- Part 1

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If you have this concern, you may be concerned about caring for a loved one in a nursing home.

Globally, nursing home neglect is a significant problem. According to WHO statistics, at least two of every three employees confessed to nursing home abuse within one year.

Learn what is expected of you and what to expect from the process before pursuing legal action. 

Before filing a negligence claim against a nursing home, consider the following:

What Is Negligence In a Nursing Home?

Injury or harm may result when a nursing home fails to provide adequate resident care. The law requires nursing homes to provide certain levels of care to their residents. They may be liable for negligence if they do not meet these standards.

A nursing home may also be negligent if it fails to provide its residents with fundamental rights, such as the right to privacy and not to have their personal property damaged or stolen.

What Are the Types of Nursing Home Negligence?

Abuse

In a nursing facility, abuse can take many forms, including physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. Physical violence involves, among other things, hitting, kicking, shaking, and pinching. 

Without permission, sexual abuse can include kissing, touching, and exposing oneself. Emotional abuse includes demeaning patients and constantly harassing or isolating them from social interaction.

Basic Necessities Are Neglected

Nursing homes are liable for ensuring residents can access food, water, and restrooms. It can also include denying medical care or failing to meet other basic requirements like clothing and shelter from the elements. (such as during inclement weather).

Medical Negligence

Every year, this is one of the most prevalent types of negligence cases brought against nationwide nursing homes. It refers to situations where nursing homes fail to provide adequate medical care for their patients despite knowing they suffer from severe health conditions requiring urgent attention. (such as infections, lack of oxygen supply, etc.).

Neglect of Personal Cleanliness

When a nursing home member fails to provide adequate care or supervision for bathing, dressing, grooming, and other personal hygiene duties, this is referred to as emotional hygiene neglect. Neglect may also include failing to assist with using the restroom or changing diapers as required.

Societal Neglect

When a nursing home staff member refuses to engage with patients, isolates them from visitors or other people, or fails to react appropriately when the patient is in distress, this is referred to as emotional or social neglect. Neglect of this nature can lead to depression, anxiety, and isolation in the sufferer.

Abandonment of the Elderly

Elder abandonment is leaving an older adult alone in a facility without monitoring. (sometimes even overnight). When the staff fails to react quickly enough in an emergency, this can result in serious injuries such as falls, fractures, and dehydration.

Conclusion

Nursing home neglect is a widespread problem with severe consequences for residents. By understanding the types of neglect and abuse, you can take steps to prevent it from happening to your loved ones. Pursuing legal action against a nursing home is a serious matter that requires careful consideration and legal representation.

Jehl Law Group is here if you’re searching for reliable nursing home neglect lawyers! Our team of experienced attorneys is committed to helping you fight for justice and compensation for your loved one. Contact us immediately!