How to Prevent Personal Injury Lawsuits in a Nursing Home

One of the toughest decisions that we’ll probably have to make is placing our elderly loved ones in a nursing home. After all, they took care of us when we were children, so now that they’re older, they also deserve to be taken care of.

Placing them in a nursing home though is oftentimes the best decision, particularly if they have special needs. Elderly individuals suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, for example, need special medical attention, something that we cannot provide for them at home. Nursing home facilities, on the other hand, not only have their own medical staff who can address the residents’ medical needs, but they also have skilled caregivers trained to provide proper care to the elderly. Failure to do so can lead to serious problems such as a personal injury lawsuit filed against the owner and the staffs of the nursing home.

As the owner of a nursing home, what can you do to protect yourself and facility against a personal injury claim?

Install CCTV Cameras

Nursing home abuse is one of the most common reasons why a personal injury lawsuit is filed against the owner and nursing home staffs. If relatives notice some worrisome bruises and scrapes on their elderly family members, then they could suspect your caregivers to be abusing their loved ones.

If you have CCTV cameras installed in the nursing home though, you can monitor how your caregivers behave when they’re with their patients. You can show them the video to prove that their relatives are not being harmed in the nursing home. However, if you see some abuse, then you can take the proper legal action against the responsible staff.

Hire Qualified Employees

Another way that you can protect your nursing home from a personal injury lawsuit is to only hire qualified employees. You have to make sure that your staffs and caregivers are licensed and certified to provide medical care, and you also have to make sure that they have no negative records against them. This is why it’s very important that you ask for character references first before you hire people. Their character references are a good way to get to know a potential employee more, especially when it comes to his or her performance.

Provide a Safe and Secure Environment

Your clients are naturally expecting a safe and secure environment for their elderly family members, and as the owner, it is your duty to provide them this.

You have to make sure that the nursing home has a tight security and that there’s no way for the residents to run away from the nursing home. This is especially important if the resident is suffering from dementia.

You also have to make sure that your facility really is an elderly-friendly facility. There should be guard rails that the residents can use, wide doors to accommodate wheelchairs and walkers, lavatories that are safe for the patients, etc.

Finally, it is important that the nursing home is clean, orderly, sanitized, and pest-free.

These are just some of the ways on how you can prevent a personal injury lawsuit from being filed against you and your employees. If you fail to protect your elderly residents from abuse and neglect and it’s been proven that you’re also to blame, then you have to defend yourself in court.

The author, Jennifer Dalbeck, writes for bobcohenlaw.com/ She mainly writes personal injury articles focusing on vehicular accidents as well as nursing home abuse.

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