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Many Nursing Home Staff Have Criminal Backgrounds

Steve Wagner

Incidents of nursing home abuse and neglect are more common than we would like to think, and the number of victims is alarmingly high.

The most recent incident is that of four employees of Providence Home Health Care Center in Jasper being arrested earlier this year for battering and neglecting an adult resident. The police have charged them with felony battery, neglect, and misdemeanor intimidation. Two more employees face misdemeanor charges, for failing to report the abuse of an endangered adult.

The reasons for the abuse may be many; the staff may be stressed due to being overloaded with more duties than they can handle, they may be given inadequate training, or they may be an unfit person for the job.

It only gets worse.

A study by the Department of Health & Human Services, Office of the Inspector General, came out with a shocking revelation that 90% of nursing homes in the US employ one or more criminals: people who have been convicted of at least one crime. About 50% of the nursing homes employ five or more persons with at least one conviction. Worse, for 16% of the employees with convictions, the most recent crime came after they started work in a nursing home. The nature of convictions are wide ranging, including theft, burglary, and assault.

Hiring people convicted of crimes is illegal in itself for facilities like these, as federal regulations prohibit nursing homes from employing people guilty of abusing, neglecting, or mistreating patients. Federal and state regulations, apart from specifically prohibiting abuse of any kind, also bind nursing homes to ensure adequate training of staff, and carrying out of quality assurance procedures, to ensure that the staff meets the needs of each individual patient.

If you or your loved ones are victims of nursing home assault or abuse, contact Wagner Reese nursing home negligence attorneys immediately. Our skilled and resourceful medical malpractice lawyers will perform a thorough investigation of the incident, including an investigation into the background of the responsible employee, and form a strong case for damages.

Contact us at (888) 204-8440 for a free evaluation of your case by our personal injury lawyers.

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