Common Risks and Liabilities in Nursing Care Facilities

Operating nursing facilities that care for elderly, disabled or vulnerable adults can have risks and liabilities. Facilities can be held liable if a patient is injured or dies while in its care. Here are three common types of liabilities in nursing facilities.

Improper Care and Negligence

While nursing facilities can have special guidelines and standards for caring for patients, staff may fail to follow those guidelines. Examples can include failure to administer or improper administering of medication, dropping a patient and not reporting it, allowing patients who cant reposition themselves to remain in the same position for prolonged periods of time, failure to clean patients who have soiled themselves and failure to respond to patients requests for assistance for prolonged periods of time.

Injuries

Injuries can be common in nursing facilities. Because patients can have issues with balance and walking, one of the most common injuries may be fractures that come from falls. Other injuries that can occur in the facility include bruises or scratches caused by other patients during patient-to-patient interaction.

Abuse

Abuse can also occur in nursing facilities and can occur in three ways.

  • Treating patients in a way that causes them unnecessary stress or emotional discomfort.
  • Hitting, shoving or restraining a patient
  • Sexual interaction with a patient that isn’t, or cant be consensual

Creating programs and guidelines to prevent these liabilities may reduce occurrences. Having a good insurance policy that addresses the types of liabilities in nursing facilities can protect your facility in the unfortunate event that an incident occurs.

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