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Negligent Hiring Can Harm the Elderly in Nursing Facilities

When family members have medical conditions that require treatment beyond the ability of their relatives, they may need to place their loved one in the hands of trained professionals at a nursing or other long-term-care facility. When such healthcare facilities fail to properly operate, the range of patient injuries is significant. Tales of nursing home neglect and tragic mistreatment committed by those charged with the care of patients are becoming all too common. It is unacceptable to operate a nursing care facility in a way that causes harm. When nursing home neglect happens, trust is lost and the damage is personal. You can seek damages for the physical, sexual and emotional trauma that occurs at the hands of caregivers. Our attorneys are well-respected and trustworthy advocates for the compensation your injured family member deserves.

One of the biggest concerns is the staff responsible for caring for your loved one. When the nursing home negligently hires caregivers, liability for injuries caused rests with the employer. To show that the hiring of a staff member was negligent, the injured party must prove:

  • The facility knew or should have known the employee posed a threat to patients.
  • The facility did not perform a reasonable background investigation to ascertain the worker’s fitness for employment.

While not required, it is also helpful to demonstrate that the facility has a history of hiring unfit persons into caregiving positions. Because each case is different and has its own set of unique facts, a careful and thoughtful examination of the circumstances is required. To avoid instances of improper medication of patients, fraud against patients by unscrupulous employees, bedsores, falls resulting in broken bones and other injuries, vigilant screening of potential employees is essential. Our team of qualified lawyers gives your case individual attention and strives to hold the responsible parties accountable.

If a loved one has been injured while in the care of a nursing or other care facility, call an experienced accident lawyer in Boston for assistance. We help hold those responsible for the damages accountable for their actions. Call our office for more information and to schedule a free initial consultation.

 

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