Nursing Homes Are Required by Law to Report Abuse and Neglect

The Law and You

This segment of The Law and You features personal injury trial lawyer Lara Johnson telling of abuse and neglect cases The Corson & Johnson Law Firm has handled against nursing homes that failed to report abusive employees.


JOEL: This is Joel Block for The Law and You with Eugene attorney Lara Johnson. Lara, in institutional care like nursing homes, what if the facility knows an employee may be abusive and doesn’t do anything about it?

LARA: Nursing homes are legally required to report abuse and neglect to a state agency which then investigates the report. Unfortunately, nursing homes don’t always follow the law.

For some people we’ve represented, the nursing home administrators knew that an employee was physically abusing many residents, but did not report it to the state agency. Nor did the facility put a stop to the abuse after hearing concerns from other employees and families of its residents. Joel, we were successful in bringing civil claims against the nursing home. But it didn’t stop there. The Sheriff’s Office investigated the case for criminal charges, and the employee was sentenced to prison. The facility eventually shut down after the extent of the abuse became known to all the families.

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