Nursing home abuse and neglect has received quite a bit of attention over the last several years. Unfortunately, even with awareness being raised and resources to help, nursing home abuse and neglect continue to be a serious problem. For families that suspect a loved one has been neglected or abused, there is no telling which is worse; knowing that their loved one was harmed by the very facility responsible for their care, or that there is no telling how long it has been going on. Fortunately, for victims of nursing home negligence and their families there are ways to hold nursing homes responsible for these heinous cases of abuse.
It is believed that, in an institutional setting, there are several factors that contribute to the likelihood of neglect and abuse of residents. Facilities that hire inadequately trained or poorly qualified staff are at the top of the list, followed closely by facilities that employ an inadequate number of nursing and support staff. These factors have been found to contribute to the likelihood of residents to be isolated, physically abused, psychologically harmed and neglected.
When a facility is suspected of nursing home neglect or abuse, the complaint can lead to an investigation, civil action, criminal prosecution and an award of damages to the victim. Unfortunately, while there are ways these negligent facilities can be held accountable, many nursing home residents are reluctant to report abuse out of fear and embarrassment.
Nursing homes can be held legally accountable for the negligence of their staff members. When a resident has suffered neglect or abuse by an employee of the facility, a civil action against the nursing home may ensue, and can lead to an award of damages to the victims or their families. If you suspect your loved one has been the victim of nursing home neglect or abuse, consider speaking to an experienced attorney. With their help, facilities and individuals can be held accountable for their negligence and victims can begin to heal from their injuries.