Failure to Conduct Background Checks on Nurses Endangers the Elderly
Being the victim of mistreatment in a nursing home can be devastating, and is also very difficult for the family of the abused person. There can be many reasons why the abuse would occur, and one of them is the hiring of nurses who have not been properly background-checked. In many cases, there can be legal ramifications for nursing homes that don’t perform due diligence when they hire their nurses. This becomes much more of an issue when harm comes to a patient as the result of an unqualified or sanctioned nurse working at a facility.
Screening nurses is a vital part of doing business, but it is something that is too often overlooked in some facilities. Among the issues that can arise when nurses don’t have proper background checks before being employed are past allegations of:
- emotional abuse
- physical abuse
- criminal theft
- medical theft
- and financial abuse (swindling seniors out of their money)
When you work with nursing home abuse attorneys, you have the opportunity to ensure that you have a legal advocate on your side. You can tell your story and provide information that may help you or a loved one. You may also be able to help others by getting a dangerous nurse removed from a nursing home and making sure the nursing home doesn’t continue to hire nurses without background checks in the future. The care of elderly and disabled people in nursing homes can sometimes have imperfections, but mistakes are not the same as blatant disregard for the safety of the residents.
With stronger hiring procedures and laws, it is possible to reduce the chances that a nurse with problems in the past would be hired by a nursing home. However, it is also important that patients and their families take care to point out concerns and ensure that the nursing home follows up on any allegations of misconduct. Not only can that make nursing home residents more comfortable, but it could save lives, as well.
By contacting Garcia, Artigliere & Medby, you can have your case heard by professionals who can help. Call 1-800-281-8515 or chat online with a representative to find out the next steps toward seeking restitution for your or a loved one’s nursing home injuries.