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When Can A Nursing Home Be Sued?

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    Our loved ones mean a great deal to us, especially our elders. But when caring for them on top of our jobs and personal lives becomes too much, that’s when we may make the decision to seek the assistance of a nursing home. They can free up one’s life while your loved one can get the assisted living they need. And of course, these facilities are not without fees, we pay for the services of the nursing home to ensure that they get the care our loved ones deserve.

    A personal injury lawyer will support the fact that merely paying for the service doesn’t always ensure that our elderly will get proper care. Just as it can occur in all places, there can be negligence in nursing homes. Still, no one wants to jump the gun and be in the wrong, so what are the instances in which we can sue a nursing home for negligence?

    Negligent supervision: Some nursing home residents require a bit more supervision than others and this fact is usually established and communicated with staff before the resident is entered into the community. This then becomes their main duty of care and when that duty of care is breached and the resident becomes injured or dies because of their lack of supervision, the facility becomes liable for their death or injury.

    Negligent hiring: It’s no stretch to say that working in a nursing home is no easy feat, nevertheless a facility must go out of the way to make sure that they hire decent, qualified individuals to take on the difficult tasks and fulfill the everyday demands of the job. If a person is found to have a lackadaisical work ethic in the hiring process and is hired anyway, if residents end up suffering abuse and neglect at the hands of this person then the hiring process of the facility makes the facility liable to be sued.

    Negligent medical treatment: Medications are already a vital means of maintaining one’s health and quality of life, but by the time people become elderly they become that much more important for the stability of their health. That said, nursing home staff are called upon to make sure that residents get the medications they need by adhering to a strict schedule and ensuring that residents take their medications. Should staff become lazy about maintaining medication schedules and a resident’s health fails as a result, the facility should be held liable for it.

    Thanks to Eric Roy Law Firm for their expertise on nursing home negligence.

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