The nursing home may still be liable.
The nursing home facility has an obligation to ensure that any residents that pose a danger to other residents are appropriately supervised or removed from the facility.
Many nursing home residents are prescribed very strong antipsychotic medication. These medications can have serious side effects.
In some cases, the medication can make patients agitated and more likely to harm another. In other cases, the medication can make patients drowsy and unable to defend themselves.
Part of a nursing home’s obligation to it’s patients is to assess the threat that any potential or current resident poses to other residents in the nursing home.
This assessment should be done on an ongoing basis and pursuant to a comprehensive policy and procedure developed by the facility to identify such risks.
A nursing home cannot escape liability if they were negligent in supervising, admitting, or monitoring a patient that harmed other patients.
Types of Resident Inflicted Abuse Include the Following:
- Sexual Abuse
- Physical Assault
- Emotional Abuse
If a family member or loved one of yours has been abused by another patient in a nursing home contact me today to discuss your legal options.