Nursing homes and other assisted-living facilities are good options for elderly residents who may not be able to handle their own care. Neglect of one’s own care is difficult or impossible from which to recover. However, neglect by workers in nursing homes can be just as bad.
Many residents of nursing homes, especially the ones who are suffering from dementia or other mental disability, may be frustrating to care for. Some staff members at facilities may become frustrated into unprofessional behavior that may become abusive or neglectful as well.
Some relatives and friends of residents may be concerned about their well-being. As a result, many people are considering the installation of video cameras and other surveillance equipment to determine if abuse or neglect is harming their loved ones. One video acquired by a resident’s family showed an octogenarian patient being verbally and physically abused.
“Horrible, unspeakable verbal and physical abuse, torture, this was a living hell for this gentleman,” according to the attorney representing the victim’s family. Some are advocating an expansion of video recording rights in nursing homes so public areas are also under reviewable surveillance for safety.
Victims of nursing home neglect and their families may have a case for financial damages to rectify the damage done by unprofessional behavior in assisted living facilities. An attorney can help victims or their relatives clarify their options in mediation, negotiation or a jury verdict in civil court. Legal representation may increase the success of a claim for reimbursement of medical expenses or compensation for physical and mental distress.