Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Fighting for Justice Throughout Maryland
Families who choose to move their parents or grandparents into a nursing home do so with the hope that their loved one will receive better, more attentive care than they themselves can provide — but not all nursing home facilities provide the level of care the families want and expect. In some nursing homes, abuse and neglect can occur and cause physical injuries. Our Baltimore nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys can help.
Get in touch with a physical injuries lawyer serving Baltimore, 410-547-0202 for a free case evaluation.
Common Nursing Home Physical Injuries
Physical abuse and neglect can cause physical injuries. Aside from outright attacks by staff, other kinds of mistreatment, like neglect, can cause an elderly person to develop ailments or sustain an injury in a fall if someone is not watching over them.
Various types of mistreatment by caregivers can contribute to:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
An older person suffering physical injuries caused by nursing home staff may exhibit emotional and behavioral signs of mistreatment, such as acting fearful, depressed, isolated, or agitated. The need for frequent medical treatment is another potential non-visual sign that a patient is suffering physical injuries.
If you notice anything else that doesn’t seem quite right to you, you should take action. Get medical care for your loved one, contact the authorities, and speak to an attorney. If you believe your loved one is in immediate danger, you should contact the authorities immediately.
Common Kinds of Nursing Home Abuse We See at Our Practice
Nursing home abuse is when a caregiver causes physical, mental, or emotional harm to a resident. For example, hitting a resident is abusive. Some other examples include:
- Pushing a resident
- Sexual abuse
- Restraining a resident with ties or straps
- Isolating a resident from family, friends, and other residents
- Controlling a resident’s activities
- Threatening a resident
Some kinds of abuse, like threatening, may lead to other kinds of abuse, like types of physical abuse. There are many other kinds of abuse too.
Common Kinds of Nursing Home Neglect We See in Our Practice
Nursing home neglect happens when a caregiver or staff member doesn’t help or protect a resident. Some examples of neglect include:
- Neglecting to maintain a resident’s personal hygiene
- Leaving a resident unattended and unsafe
- Not hiring enough staff, leading to resident neglect
- Making an error in administering medication
- Other kinds of medical malpractice
- Failing to report a resident’s injury or illness
Sometimes, neglect can lead to physical injury or the worsening of an injury. Other times, neglect can lead to a resident’s death.
Compensation for Nursing Home Physical Injuries
Suppose your loved one suffered from any neglect, abuse, or physical injuries in their nursing home. In that case, you could hold the nursing home administration responsible and collect compensation for your loved one. A nursing home physical injuries attorney can help with this.
In your nursing home abuse/neglect case, you could collect the following damages and possibly others:
- Expenses for medical treatments your loved one might need after suffering their injuries
- The costs of short or long-term care your loved one might need
- The costs of any necessary assistive devices
- Costs involved in having to relocate to another facility
- Pain and suffering damages
- Mental anguish
- Wrongful death damages if your loved one passes due to their injuries
How Can an Attorney Help?
An attorney from our firm can determine whether you have a case against a neglectful nursing home. Your lawyer can help you hold the nursing home accountable and collect compensation from their insurer.
You can rely on your attorney to:
- Collect evidence to support your case (such as medical records and witness testimonies)
- Identify the liable parties
- Communicate with these parties, their insurers, and their lawyers on your behalf
- Determine the monetary values of your loved one’s damages
- Pursue a fair amount of compensation
- Negotiate a fair settlement for your loved one or argue your case in court
- Help you meet the deadline for filing a personal injury lawsuit, medical malpractice lawsuit, or wrongful death lawsuit if you want to file a lawsuit instead of a claim
What to Do If Someone You Know Was Injured in a Nursing Home
If you suspect an older person in your life suffered physical injuries caused by abuse and neglect, contact Brown & Barron today. Our Baltimore attorneys are committed to defending the rights of the elderly.
We aim to recover fair compensation for those who have suffered nursing home abuse and neglect. Call our firm for your free consultation.
Contact Brown & Barron online today to schedule a free case review with a with a physical injuries lawyer serving Baltimore.