The legal guardian of one of the residents of a Florida nursing home affected by Hurricane Irma last week filed a personal injury claim against the residence on Friday, September 15. The 94-year old woman claims that the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills staff’s “negligence and reckless indifference” toward their patients who suffered after the facility’s electrical system for its air conditioning units failed.Read More
Nursing home abuse is a real risk to millions of seniors every day. There are two main parties that can be held responsible for senior neglect and abuse:
- Nursing home administrators/owners may be found negligent in the care of their residents by failing to provide a safe and clean facility, healthy food and medications, emergency care, or adequate training/staffing of the caretakers they employ.
- Care facility staff may also be found negligent in the care of the residents they serve if they act in an unlawful or abusive manner; the most common forms of care taker abuse are sexual, physical, emotional, and financial.
Note: Medical equipment manufacturers may also be held liable in cases of defective products.Read More
With an aging population, it is not surprising that more than 1.5 million people currently reside in nursing homes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Studies compiled by the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) indicate that a shocking 10 percent of all nursing home residents have suffered some form of abuse or neglect in the past year. It is important to note that only a small percentage of nursing home neglect and abuse is reported so the suffering is actually higher.