When West Virginia readers think of nursing home abuse, they often assume that this abuse comes from the hands of care providers. However, many instances of physical abuse suffered by nursing home residents come from other residents. For this reason, it is important for families to be vigilant regarding their loved ones' health and well-being, as well as to know how to respond when they suspect abuse.
Instances of resident-on-resident abuse include physical, verbal and emotional altercations. There have been many cases of residents stealing the belongings of other residents, wandering uninvited into the personal space of another person or even hitting or punching another resident after an argument's escalation. A study determined that as many as one in five of people who live in nursing homes suffer from some form of abuse from another resident.
Many conflicts between residents originate in simple disagreements. When facilities are overcrowded, residents are not properly monitored or staff members fail to recognize patterns of aggressive behavior, the physical injury of a nursing home resident can result. If a family member suspects that a loved one has been abused or neglected in any way, it is possible to hold the facility owners or managers accountable for damages suffered.
If a loved one suffered from physical abuse in a nursing home, a lawyer can help a West Virginia family understand which legal options might be available. By filing a civil claim, family members may recover restitution on behalf of their loved one. Nursing home abuse is unacceptable in any form, even if it comes at the hands of another resident.
Source: buffalonews.com, "Resident-on-resident abuse is common problem at nursing homes", Melinda Miller, Oct. 2, 2015