If there is an outbreak of a communicable disease – like head lice – at my nursing home, can I file a claim for poor hygienic conditions?

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Yes, you may be able to pursue a claim against a nursing home if the facility has failed to prevent or adequately manage the outbreak of communicable diseases. If have contracted a disease because of a lack of cleanliness, this could be considered nursing home neglect. See a nursing home neglect attorney in Louisville if you believe the facility is not meeting the standards of good hygiene.

Since nursing homes can be breeding grounds for germs, it is important to ascertain whether the staff is taking appropriate measures to ensure the environment is as clean and sterile as possible. Bacterial, fungal and viral organisms, as well as parasites, are considered communicable diseases.

The most common communicable diseases in nursing homes are: 

  • colds and flu;
  • MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus);
  • Hepatitis A, B, and C;
  • Shingles;
  • ringworm; and
  • head lice. 


Nursing home employees should be trained to keep the facility as clean as possible. This includes properly washing hands before handling food or touching residents. Bathroom and shower facilities should be regularly sanitized. Food preparation and common areas should also be frequently cleaned.

If a resident contracts a disease, the nursing home should take steps to isolate them from the other residents. Employees should also wear protective clothing to help prevent an outbreak.

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