Negligence often results from unintentional wrongdoing by employees in the group home or from denial of care or delayed care. A group home can also be sued when employees fail to protect a resident from injuring himself or from being injured by other residents.
Abuse is unfortunately also common in group homes and is mostly related to sexual misconduct especially toward minors.
Group homes used to be run by charities but it is not the case anymore. Most of them are now run by corporations that can be both directly or vicariously liable for injuries arising from neglect and abuse. To protect themselves and make sure residents are proprely taken care of, group homes should:
- Ensure good corporate governance
- Know what kind of insurance is needed
- Understand the scope of agreements with funding sources
In a recent article, Daniel Pollack, a professor at Yeshiva University’s School of Social Work in New York City and Cameron R. Getto, a shareholder with Zausmer, August & Caldwell, P.C. in Farmington Hills, MI. describe the complexity of managing a group home with children. They explain what group homes can do to make sure residents receive the best care and are protected from abuse and neglect. The complete article can be downloaded here