Statutory Protection of Older Persons

The mistreatment of older people was brought to the attention of the American public and lawmakers in the early 1980’s. Numerous cases, in which older people were being physically harmed, deprived of food, water or proper medical attention, and deprived of their life savings by caregivers and relatives, were brought to light. When the widespread... » read more

Medical Conditions Caused by Neglect

Some of the most common injuries to nursing home residents are not caused by individual events such as falls or violent attacks but, rather, result from ongoing neglect in the care and treatment of residents. Ongoing neglect has been found to result in malnutrition, dehydration, bedsores and pressure sores. Such neglect is actionable, as it... » read more

Negligence in the Nursing Home Setting

A nursing home, or its owner, or proprietor, can be held liable for negligently caring for its residents. In such a case, the injured resident must prove: 1) that the nursing home’s owner or employees breached a duty of care owed to the resident; 2) that the resident was injured by this breach; and, 3)... » read more

Civil Actions Against Nursing Homes

The liability of a nursing home owner or employees can result from negligent personal supervision and care, negligent hiring and retention of employees, negligent maintenance of the premises, and negligent selection or maintenance of equipment. Other commonlaw theories of recovery in addition to negligence may be pursued as well. For example, a nursing home resident... » read more

Nursing Home Injuries – An Overview

Sadly, when people age, they become more vulnerable to abuse, neglect, and exploitation. Some older people opt to move into nursing homes or longterm care facilities to ensure that they are well cared for, and will be protected from the effects of their deteriorating physical and/or mental conditions. In these settings, however, older people are... » read more