Nursing home abuse and neglect resulting in serious injuries is a growing issue in elderly care facilities around the country. The probability of serious injuries can be greatly diminished if family members and loved ones of the elderly understand the chief causes nursing home abuse. Some of the main causes of injury to the elderly in nursing homes is provided below. If you have any further questions after reading this article feel free to contact our offices toll free at (855)385-2529. All consultations are free of charge.
Common Causes of Nursing Home Abuse and Elderly InjuryNegligent Hiring and Training of Nursing Home Staff: Under California law nursing homes and elderly care facilities have a duty to hire staff that will not engage in illegal and negligent behavior resulting in serious injury to patients. Failure to properly perform background checks or improperly train staff can establish a cause of action against nursing home facilities for the negligent or wrongful actions of their employees. Negligent Supervision of Staff – Staff Shortages: Nursing home often attempt to save money and increase profits by reducing employee hours or failing to hire experienced managers and supervisors. Such actions increase the probability of negligent conduct or illegal activity including fraud, physical abuse, and sexual molestation. Failure to Properly Follow Safety Regulations: According to estimate from the CDC, 5% of the elderly live in nursing homes. However nursing home are the location of more than 20% of all elderly fall accidents. Failure to properly maintain nursing home premises can also result in serious incidences of infectious diseases and infestations such as bed bugs. Failure to Maintain Property: Improper maintenance and upkeep of a nursing home can result in severe injuries. Examples include, loose carpeting, broken handrails, unsanitary waste management and bathrooms, and fire safety hazards.
Different Types of Harm Caused to the Elderly In Nursing Homes:
- Accidents – Chiefly Slip and Fall or Trip and Fall Accident
- Physical and Emotional Abuse
- Financial Abuse and Fraud
- Medication Errors
- Bed Sores and Communicable infections such as bed bugs