Failure to properly supervise patients is a type of nursing home abuse manifested as a blatant regret for adequately looking after patients’ well being. While failure to supervise patients can allow patients to wander around a nursing home and potentially injure themselves, it can also lead to:
- Patients leaving the nursing home unnoticed and without the proper supervision (instances that may be referred to as elopement). This may result in patients getting lost in large cities or rural areas, getting hit by cars or even potentially being victimized by crime (such as robbery).
- Patients potentially injuring or assaulting other patients, which can be a particularly viable risk if unsupervised patients have a diminished mental capacity and are not fully aware of their surroundings.
Nursing home staff have the duty to properly supervise patients and prevent wandering, elopement or other dangerous situations from arising, and failing to do so can have devastating effects on residents’ physical and emotional well being.
How Negligence Plays a Role in Failure to Supervise Patients
When nursing home patients are not properly supervised and are, as a result, injured, these patients and their families will likely have a nursing home abuse case and can secure compensation for their loved one’s injuries and losses. Some specific examples of when nursing homes may be held liable for injuries resulting from insufficient supervision of staff include when nursing homes:
- Fail to employ enough staff to properly supervise patients
- Fail to have procedures in place that involve properly supervising patients (or staff)
- Fail to properly train staff on how to monitor patients
- Fail to have proper securing measures in place that would alert staff when patients have left the premises.
St. Louis Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers and Lawsuits
The St. Louis nursing home abuse lawyers at Brown & Brown Attorneys at Law have a long-standing commitment to serving our clients, and we are experienced at aggressively defending our clients’ rights in any legal setting. Our goal is to preserve and promote the rights and welfare of individuals and families who have suffered injuries and losses and/or who need help navigating through the complexities of the court system.
Since 1993, our lawyers have been successfully representing our clients in nursing home abuse cases, catastrophic injury cases, traffic accident cases, workers’ compensation cases, wrongful death cases, defective product and dangerous drug cases and various other areas of personal injury litigation. Our unwavering dedication to the pursuit of justice in every case we handle means that we will work relentlessly to help our clients achieve the best possible outcomes to their cases.
If you believe that a nursing home is not properly supervising its patients and suspect that your elderly loved one may be the victim of nursing home abuse, our Missouri and Illinois nursing home abuse lawyers encourage you to email us using the form at the right-hand side of the screen and/or to call us at (573) 333-3333 for our Missouri office or at (618) 888-8888 for our Illinois office. We offer free consultations.