Patients with Alzheimer’s or dementia require special care. Any nursing home or assisted-living facility knows this, but whether they actually provide the proper standard of care is another matter. If your loved one received inadequate care, the facility may be liable for any resulting harm, including medical costs, pain and suffering, and other damages.
A Dundalk lack of appropriate care for Alzheimer’s and dementia attorney from Brown & Barron can pursue justice for your loved one through a nursing home abuse and neglect case.
How Must Elder Care Facilities Care for Patients with Alzheimer’s and Dementia?
The Mayo Clinic explains that Alzheimer’s disease, the leading contributor to dementia, causes brain cells to die. Patients with these conditions might be easily confused, have impaired memory, and suffer a variety of other difficult symptoms.
Any facility that knowingly accepts patients with these conditions must take special precautions. Such facilities may be negligent if they:
Fail to Hire Security Staff
Those with Alzheimer’s and dementia can become confused and leave the premises, a supervision failure called elopement. Impaired residents can also get lost or enter unsafe areas within the nursing home itself, a failure called wandering. Having security staff on duty and instructing those security staff about patients prone to wandering or elopement is a requirement.
Understaffing is a common problem among nursing homes, per Health Services Insights. Facilities that attempt to save money by reducing staff may be negligent, especially if patients leave the facility due to a lack of attention, supervision, or security.
Failure to Install Adequate Locks and Alarms
In addition to security staff, assisted living facilities and nursing homes can protect residents by:
- Installing automatic locks on doors throughout the facility
- Installing alarms that sound whenever a resident exits the premises without authorization
- Taking any other measures that could reduce the risk of those with Alzheimer’s and dementia fleeing the building
Properly caring for those with dementia requires multiple protective layers.
Hire Unqualified Staff
Caring for patients with cognitive problems requires patience and skill. When nursing homes and other facilities hire staffers who are underqualified, lacking in compassion, or otherwise unfit to care for patients like your loved one, it is the patient who suffers.
Fail to Monitor and Discipline Staff
Facilities must continually monitor staff to ensure that:
- Staffers are following best caregiving practices
- Patients aren’t suffering from abuse or neglect
- Enough staff are on duty to keep up with patients’ needs
When staff make a mistake or engage in neglect or abuse, facility administrators must dole out discipline appropriately. Failure to monitor or properly discipline staff puts residents like your loved one in danger.
Those with Alzheimer’s diseases and dementia are generally at great risk. They may be defenseless, easily confused and manipulated, and vulnerable to abuse and neglect. They might also be an easy target because they lack the ability to understand or communicate their abuse.
An attorney from Brown & Barron can identify exactly how a facility failed your loved one. If they did not receive appropriate care for their Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, the facility may be liable for significant damages in the form of a monetary recovery for the victim and/or the family.
Get in touch with a lack of appropriate care for alzheimer’s and dementia patients lawyer serving Dundalk, 410-547-0202 for a free case evaluation.
How Can a Brown & Barron Lawyer Help My Loved One Who Suffered from Inadequate Care?
Brown & Barron takes pride in representing those who are most defenseless. Although we wish our services were never needed, we are proud that we are able to help families find justice for wrongs that occurred. Those with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia deserve our help, and we’ll lead the legal process in your loved one’s case in Baltimore County.
We generally help victims of nursing home negligence by:
- Identifying how the negligence happened: We’ll identify exactly how the facility failed your loved one.
- Collecting evidence and documenting losses: Any evidence of negligence, from security video to witness accounts, could be key pieces in our case. We will gather and preserve such evidence as we move towards settlement negotiations.
- Negotiating a settlement: We will determine whether defendants in your loved one’s case will agree to a fair settlement. Our attorneys will exhaust the negotiating process. If defendants aren’t willing to compensate your loved one fairly, we have other options available.
- Proceeding to trial, if necessary: If trial becomes necessary in your loved one’s case, we will proceed without hesitation. Our firm is skilled at the negotiation table, but part of our advantage is that our opponents know our track record for winning large verdicts in the courtroom. We’ll work for a fair settlement but won’t shy away from a necessary trial.
We will handle all the details of your loved one’s case, including paperwork and communications. Our team will also protect your loved one’s rights throughout the legal process, allowing the victim and the family to focus on their recovery and well being.
Why Choose Brown & Barron as Your Law Firm in Dundalk?
The attorneys you choose for your case should have relevant experience. The attorneys at Brown & Barron specialize in nursing home abuse and neglect cases. We know how nursing homes operate, the regulations they must follow, and the methods necessary to get to the truth.
Some reasons to choose our firm for your case include:
- Our fee structure: Our clients don’t pay us any upfront or out-of-pocket fees. You will only provide us a fee if we get compensation for you. That fee will come from your settlement or judgment, not directly from you. If we don’t secure a verdict or settlement, you owe us nothing.
- Our dedication to clients: We stop at nothing to secure the compensation our clients deserve. No matter what challenges arise during your case, we’ll persist. We’ll also be available to answer your calls, text messages, and emails when you need us.
- Our results: It can be comforting knowing that your lawyer has won cases like yours. We have, and our case results prove it.
Brown & Barron has what it takes to lead your loved one’s case.
Recoverable Losses in Cases Involving Alzheimer’s and Dementia Patients
Recoverable losses in your loved one’s case in Dundalk may include:
- Pain and suffering
- Medical expenses
- The cost of their stay at the negligent facility
- The cost of relocating to a new facility
- Rehabilitation for injuries
- Counseling and medication for trauma
- Any other damages resulting from mistreatment of your loved one
At Brown & Barron, we have the experience to identify and get a financial recovery for current and future damages that might not occur to an attorney who doesn’t have nursing home experience.
Call Brown & Barron Today to Discuss Seeking Justice for Your Loved One
A lack of appropriate care for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients attorney understands that nursing home abuse and neglect is unacceptable.
We work to secure positive outcomes after tragic events. Make no mistake: The mistreatment of impaired individuals is tragic. Let us fight for your loved one.
Call Brown & Barron today for a free consultation.
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