Nursing Homes and Premises Liability
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The whole purpose of putting a loved one in a nursing home is to provide that person with a safe and caring environment. Unfortunately, nursing homes often cut corners and fail to meet their responsibility to keep their facilities safe. When that happens, residents and visitors alike can be seriously injured.
Many cases of nursing home negligence are covered under the legal field known as premises liability, which is the duty of a property owner to maintain a safe environment on the premises. When nursing home administrators and managers fail to meet that responsibility, an experienced nursing home negligence attorney can hold them accountable. Contact The Law Office of George S. Johnson if you or a loved one was injured on the premises of a Georgia nursing home.
A brief introduction to premises liability law
In order to file a premises liability claim against a nursing home - or any other business - you need to show that your injury was sustained due to a hazard on the premises that the owner or manager should have addressed. There are three standards of liability used in premises liability cases:
- The nursing home's management created the hazard on the premises.
- The nursing home's management knew about the hazard and did not take steps to address it.
- The nursing home's management should have known about the hazard, as sufficient time had passed and sufficient information was available, but did not take steps to address it.
Proving any one of these standards of liability can be quite difficult. That's why you need an attorney on your side who will conduct thorough research and find that critical evidence.
Common examples of premises liability in nursing home injury cases
Because of the large number of residents, staff and visitors coming and going at a typical nursing home, there are many types of hazards that could result in injury. Some of those hazards include:
- Slip, trip and fall hazards. Unmarked wet floors. Defective railings. Steep stairways. Any type of fall hazard poses a particular danger to elderly residents, who can be seriously injured in falls. Visitors, too, can be seriously hurt, especially if they are themselves elderly - such as the spouses and siblings of residents.
- Negligent security. Nursing homes see many visitors every day, and they need to take steps to ensure that those visitors do not pose a threat to residents, staff or other visitors. You may have a negligent security claim against the nursing home if a loved one was assaulted or abused by a visitor or another resident.
- Cleaning and maintenance. Unfortunately, some nursing homes are notorious for leaving their premises in poor condition. If a nursing home is dirty or in disrepair, a variety of health and safety concerns for residents can come into play.
Like any property owner, nursing home owners and managers have a duty to maintain safe premises. In fact, their duty of care is even higher because their residents are some of the most vulnerable people in our society. When they fail to meet that duty of care, you need to contact an experienced attorney who can hold them accountable.
If you or a loved one has been injured on the premises of a nursing home in the greater Atlanta area or anywhere else in Georgia, attorney George S. Johnson can help you get back up. Call (866) 904-6653 today for your free consultation.