Nursing Home Abuse by Employees and Fellow Residents
Nursing home facilities have a responsibility to maintain a safe and healthy environment for their residents. This includes taking reasonable precautions to protect residents from physical abuse or sexual assault. In some cases, an injury may result from an employee who has committed sexual abuse or physically harmed a patient in a fit of anger. In other cases, another resident may be to blame. Regardless of whom the perpetrator is, the nursing home itself may be liable for the injuries if they failed to take proper precautions to prevent the physical abuse and resulting injuries.
At the law offices of Prieto, Marigliano, Holbert & Prieto, LLC, we represent clients throughout Atlanta, Georgia, and the surrounding communities in physical and sexual abuse matters arising in nursing homes.
Some nursing home patients may have neurological conditions (like dementia or Alzheimer’s), brain injuries or other physical conditions that increase their irritability or propensity to attack another patient. Nursing homes must take note of heightened dangers and take reasonable precautions to prevent physical abuse. Examples of conduct that may form the basis of a civil action include:
- Inadequate monitoring of patients
- Negligent hiring or retention of dangerous staff members, particularly those with a criminal history of sexual or violent crimes
- Failure to investigate claims of physical abuse or sexual assault
- Physical or sexual abuse committed by a nursing home employee
- Failure to restrain violent patients, if necessary
Our Promise to You
Although no lawyer can guarantee a particular result in a given case, we can and do offer our assurance that we will aggressively fight to protect your rights and seek the compensation you and your loved one deserves. No person should ever be subjected to physical brutality.
If you or a family member has been the victim of nursing home neglect or abuse, including a physical attack of any kind, we can help. We will thoroughly investigate the facts of your case, aggressively negotiate for a full and fair settlement on your behalf, and if a defendant is unwilling to make an offer that you feel is fair, we are thoroughly prepared to take your case to trial to pursue justice on your behalf.