As we begin to age, taking care of ourselves may become more difficult. Looking into an alternate way of life is often very common. The decision to move into a nursing home comes with expectations of safety, an exceptional staff, and a trust worthy health system. However, in recent years we have seen a rise in nursing home losses due to the negligent actions of the staff. These actions are eligible to be considered as elements for a civil lawsuit
Actions such as failure to provide a safe and hazard free living environment, failure to provide proper health care, and negligent hiring are all behaviors that can be considered as a breach of one’s duty. A breach of one’s duty is an element to confirming that one is liable for the injuries caused. According to Cornell Law School, Federal Regulation 42 CFR sec. 483.25 states that, “The facility must ensure that: The resident environment remains as free of accident hazards as possible; and each resident receives adequate supervision and assistance devices to prevent accidents”. The failure to ensure these duties may engender the nursing home being sued.
Elderly people are often times taken advantage of. Before you make your decision on a nursing home make sure to do proper research and get input from other sources as well. If you or a loved one are in a nursing home and have experienced any of these negative actions, you are highly encouraged to contact a personal injury attorney.