Can you sue a nursing home for neglect?


Yes. If your loved one has been injured at a nursing home or assisted living facility, and that facility is responsible for causing that injury, then yes, you may sue that facility for neglect.

There are all kinds of ways in which nursing homes or assisted living facilities may be held liable for injuring residents, including through negligence, abuse, false imprisonment, violations of criminal statutes, or violations of regulations.

As a result of any of these actions, the nursing home may be (1) investigated by the Georgia Department of Community Health, (2) prosecuted under the Georgia criminal code, and (3) sued by the injured resident in civil court.

A claim against a nursing home or assisted living facility may include negligent supervision of the employees, negligent hiring and retention of the employees, negligent maintenance, for example, failure to keep up the lights on or clean the floor, and negligent maintenance of any equipment or instruments.

Under Georgia law, a long-term care facility like a nursing home or assisted living facility, can be held liable for negligence if the following elements can be proven by the injured resident:

(1) The owner or employees of the long-term care facility breached a duty of care, that is, an act that does not meet with industry standards, (2) as a direct result of that breach of care, the resident was injured.

If your loved one has been neglected or abused at a Georgia nursing home, please do not hesitate to call and speak to one of our experienced injury lawyers today.