Elder mistreatment (i.e. abuse and neglect) is defined as intentional actions that cause harm or create a serious risk of harm (whether or not harm is intended) to a vulnerable elder by a caregiver or other person who stands in a trust relationship to the elder. A nursing home, convalescent home, rest home, or elder care facility can be held legally responsible — meaning that a personal injury or medical malpractice lawsuit can be filed — when an act of negligence, neglect, or abuse on the premises ends up causing harm to a patient or resident.
Common issues that arise in nursing home negligence cases include:
- Elder Abuse
- Medical Neglect
- Physical Neglect
“20,673 — Complaints of abuse, gross neglect, and exploitation on behalf of nursing home and “board and care” residents in 2003.”
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