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Defending nursing homes when abuse is alleged against an employee

A nursing home facility may find itself in need of legal support based on the actions of one of its employees. When an employee is accused of mistreatment or abuse of a patient, a comprehensive nursing home defense strategy may need to be implemented in order for the facility to stay in operation and continue to earn the trust of patients and families. New York nursing home workers and owners can benefit from legal professionals who have experience defending nursing homes to fight any allegations and investigate any claims made against an individual worker or the facility itself.

Recently, a woman who worked at a nursing home in another state was charged with patient abuse. The worker is a 32-year-old woman. She has been charged with kicking a patient who was 95 years old.

The charges came about because there was allegedly a witness to the incident. The patient who was reportedly kicked had a large hematoma as a result. The Ohio nursing home employee has been scheduled for arraignment.

In addition to any criminal charges an employee might face, the victim -- and/or the victim's family depending on the circumstances -- could file a civil action against the facility and others to seek damages for the alleged abuse. Defending nursing homes from such allegations can prove to be difficult for a number of reasons, including the age and health of the patients, along with the condition of any witnesses who allege abuse. Because this kind of situation can impact a facility's reputation and finances and derail a person's career, a full investigation may be necessary. New York nursing home employees or facility owners and operators should know the possible consequences of a civil action and the possible defense options that may ensure a fair and favorable outcome for all parties involved.

Source: springfieldnewssun.com, "Springfield nursing home worker indicted on abuse charge", Allison Wichie, June 15, 2016

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