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Elder Abuse And Nursing Home Negligence, Part 2

As our last post introduced, physical injuries are an unfortunately common problem at nursing homes in California and around the nation. Nursing homes often fail to prevent employees from physically abusing or mistreating patients - especially when dementia or Alzheimer's is a factor in the care scenario.

While nursing homes are often liable for their employees' intentional actions, the opposite is also true: nursing homes can be held accountable for failing to do anything to protect elders from a variety of dangers. In other words, nursing home negligence is just as big of a problem.

One notorious example of negligence-related personal injury is slip-and-fall accidents. As the leading source of nursing home injuries, slip-and-fall incidents often leave elders with bone fractures, injuries, and other harms. Managers know that slip-and-fall hazards are a notoriously common problem in many facilities - when a specific nursing home fails to respond to this risk by putting procedures in place to protect patients, it is likely liable to the victim.

Source: Medical Daily News, "Elder Abuse: An Impeding National Crisis?" Susan Scutti, May 30, 2013

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