Who is Liable for Nursing home Injury or Abuse?
- January 29, 2019
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A nursing home facility owes a duty of care to its residents. The facility must provide residents with a safe environment and all reasonable and necessary services. When the facility neglects its duties and as a result, a resident suffers injuries or is abused, the nursing home may be held legally responsible. Incidents of abuse or injury for which a nursing home can be held liable often fall into the following categories:
- negligent hiring of staff
- failure to monitor staff
- failure to provide adequate security
- failure to provide for daily necessities such as food and water
- failure to address medical needs or provide medication
- failure to protect residents from health and safety hazards
- intentional abuse by staff members
In the majority of nursing home abuse cases, it is the nursing home which is generally held legally responsible. However, in some situations, a third party may also be liable for injuries or abuse suffered by a resident. Instances under which third parties may be held legally responsible are:
- If a third party contractor was given the task of maintaining or providing security on the premises but their negligence resulted in injury to a resident, the contractor may be held responsible.
- If a supplier or manufacturer provided the nursing home facility with faulty equipment which led to an injury, the supplier or manufacturer may be responsible.
- If a medical provider who treated the resident at a hospital or any other outside facility abused or neglected a resident, the medical provider may be held responsible.
If your loved one has sustained an injury in a nursing home, you have legal rights. We can hold the negligent parties accountable and pursue justice for your family. We are experienced in handling cases like this. To speak to us, call 800-940-1799 or 718-775-3614 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.