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Nursing home neglect charges filed, worker pleads not guilty

Allegations of abuse or neglect in California nursing homes typically prompt criminal investigations by authorities. When the allegations are determined to be viable enough to pursue further action, criminal charges may be filed. An out-of-state nursing home employee recently pleaded not guilty to charges of endangering a physically disabled person's welfare, a serious crime that involves nursing home neglect.

The incident that prompted the investigation was captured on a surveillance camera. Police who reviewed the video reported that it showed a 68-year-old nursing home resident being pushed to the floor by the social worker. After that, she reportedly kicked the resident's legs and closed the door to the room where the individual had just fallen. There was no indication that she called for medical help.

The lack of immediate medical care following the abuse was especially concerning for the resident in question. Because of a prior brain injury and propensity for seizures, the resident is considered a high-risk patient when it comes to falls. She is also unable to provide necessary daily care for herself, one of the reasons that she was a resident at the home in the first place.

California families who must face the difficult decision of placing their loved one in a nursing home expect that person to be treated with kindness and dignity. The outright violation of basic safety and medical care is concerning for all families who have placed a loved one in the care of others. When criminal charges arise in the light of nursing home neglect, families and their victimized loved ones can utilize the same evidence related to the criminal charges in order to successfully litigate a personal injury claim against the responsible employee and nursing home.

Source: wivb.com, "Nursing home worker accused of pushing, kicking and leaving 68-year-old", Evan Anstey, Jan. 27, 2016

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