Is it too much to ask for a safe place for our loved ones to live? Sure expansive bathrooms and gourmet food are nice, but at the very least, shouldn’t we be able to expect a safe environment free from violence?
Yet as an assisted living lawyer, I continually see elderly people in nursing homes and assisted living facilities becoming victims of violent attack both at the hands of fellow residents as well as rogue staff. In many cases, the violent acts are particularly disturbing because some of the offenders have absolutely no business even walking in the vicinity of the facility due to prior bad acts.
A recent violent episode at a North Carolina assisted living facility made headlines after the victim of a violent attack filed a lawsuit against the facility. The victim of the attack and person initiating the lawsuit is suing Galloway Ridge Retirement Community claiming the facility should have done a better job screening their staff.
Specifically, the lawsuit alleges that facilities failure to do an accurate background check of a housekeeper prior to hiring her would have avoiding the incident altogether. In 2007 incident the resident was allegedly attacked by the Galloway Ridge housekeeper after she confronted the woman about allegedly stealing money from her account. The attack left the resident with a fractured skull and a traumatic brain injury.
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