More than likely, Maryland readers have heard horror stories about the treatment of nursing home residents. While the abuse and neglect that many residents suffer at the hands of nursing home staff is deplorable, it is not the only source of violence in these facilities. Nursing home staff may also become the victims of violence — from the residents — and they may make claims for workers’ compensation benefits as a result.
For example, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently issued citations for a facility’s failure to protect its workers at a nursing home in another state. After receiving two complaints regarding injuries due to resident violence, OSHA began an investigation into the facility in Aug. 2017. It found five documented instances of injuries and several undocumented instances in which staff suffered injuries due to the violent behavior of residents.