Did your loved one suffer physical injuries in a Rockville, Maryland nursing home? If so, a Rockville nursing home physical injuries attorney with Brown & Barron might be able to help you hold the responsible party accountable.
Although not every physical injury qualifies for legal action, if someone else’s carelessness, neglect, abuse, or other wrongful conduct caused harm to your relative, our nursing home negligence team wants to talk to you and determine your next steps.
What Can Cause Physical Injuries In Long-Term Care Facilities
A nursing home resident can suffer physical harm because of a lack of safety protocols, abuse by staff or fellow residents, or negligence. For example:
A nursing home facility should have safety protocols to prevent falling accidents for all occasions, including when residents are in bed, sitting in chairs, being transferred from the bed to a chair, and bathing. However, protocols are of no use if the nursing home does not have reliable lift equipment or the staff does not have sufficient training to execute transfer maneuvers.
A nursing home resident is at increased risk of physical injury when the staff neglect to perform basic tasks. For example, wandering or elopement results in fall injuries or exposure to the elements. So, when a facility does not carefully monitor the movements of its residents, they can wander down the hallways and outdoors.
Another example involves a resident whose calls for assistance go ignored. As a result, they might fall from the bed or as they walk to the bathroom without the needed help.
In addition, when a facility leaves residents sitting or lying in the same position for hours on end, they can develop bedsores (also called pressure ulcers), which are severe wounds that can become life-threatening. These sores can become infected, with an elevated risk of an adverse outcome.
When a patient does not receive the proper medication on the prescribed schedule, or they receive someone else’s prescription drugs, the outcome can be lethal. For example, a medication error for someone who suffers from diabetes or heart disease can lead to coma or death.
Malnutrition Or Dehydration
If a resident does not consume sufficient nutritional food or liquids, they can develop physical injuries like kidney disease. In addition, unexplained weight loss, cognitive decline, and lethargy can also occur from malnutrition or dehydration.
A person living in a long-term care facility is vulnerable to physical injuries from physical or sexual abuse at the hands of a nursing home staff member or a fellow resident. Cuts, bruises, broken bones, and burns can result from physical abuse at a long-term care facility.
Whatever type of physical injury your loved one has suffered, it is imperative to get immediate medical attention and take legal action to ensure the harm does not happen again.
Get in touch with a nursing home physical injuries lawyer serving Rockville, 410-547-0202 for a free case evaluation.
A Fair Settlement Amount For Rockville Nursing Home Physical Injury Claims
To get a sense of the compensation you might receive to settle a claim against a long-term care facility in Rockville for the physical injuries your loved one suffered, we would need to investigate the situation and talk to you. However, here are some monetary damages that can be sought in these cases, depending on the circumstances:
- Medical expenses: This category can include the ambulance and emergency room for the immediate treatment of wounds, doctor visits, hospital stays, surgeries, prescription drugs, lab tests, and physical therapy. It can also include future medical treatment if the injuries require ongoing professional intervention.
- Nursing care: Let’s say your loved one lived in an assisted living center with some independence before the injury but now needs to reside in a more expensive facility because of the harm done. You can recover compensation for that increased expense and the moving costs to the new facility.
- Pain and suffering: We can place a dollar value on the emotional distress, physical discomfort, and inconvenience of the injury and resulting medical treatment.
- Loss of enjoyment of life: Did your loved one’s injuries rob them of the ability to form certain acts they used to enjoy? If so, we can calculate the value of the emotional harm they’ve sustained.
- Equipment costs: For example, a person might have decreased mobility because of a physical injury requiring them to use a wheelchair. You can add the cost of the wheelchair to the claim.
This list is not all-inclusive. Depending on your situation, you might have additional items to add to your physical injury claim. Our nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers can help you itemize all your loved one’s damages and negotiate a settlement that fairly compensates you.
Determining Liability For Your Loved One’s Physical Injuries At A Rockville Nursing Home
The person whose wrongful conduct harmed your relative can be responsible for paying monetary damages to compensate for the physical injury and its consequences. Whether the result of neglect, carelessness, or an intentional act, you can hold the at-fault party accountable for the losses caused, including:
- Nursing home staff
- Nursing home administrators
- A fellow resident
- The long-term care facility
We’ll thoroughly investigate your case and advise you of your legal options.
Things To Do After Your Relative Suffers Physical Injuries At A Nursing Home
After getting medical treatment for your loved one’s injuries, you will want to explore whether your loved one has a compensation claim. There is a time limit on taking legal action in nursing home negligence cases. Typically, you have three years from the injury to make a claim, although that deadline can be extended to as much as five years, in rare instances where the injury is not discovered immediately.
These timelines are codified in Md. Code, Cts. & Jud. Proc. § 5-109. After three years have passed from the injury, the opportunity to pursue damages might be lost, so be sure to talk to an attorney at your earliest convenience to avoid missing the deadline and prevent the disappearance of essential evidence.
In addition, if there is ongoing abuse at your loved one’s nursing home, you will want to report it to protect other residents from a similar incident. The Maryland Department of Aging urges people to act if they see symptoms of elder abuse. These signs can include sudden changes in a person’s socialization, personality, or mood. Also, they might have unexplained scrapes, bruises, or other injuries.
Getting Legal Help For Your Rockville Nursing Home Physical Injuries Case
Reach out to us today to find out if you have a valid, actionable claim. We do not charge for the initial consultation, and you will be under no obligation to move forward with us. At Brown & Barron, we stand up for the rights of people who sustain physical and emotional harm due to nursing home abuse and neglect.
Contact Brown & Barron online today to schedule a free case review with a with a nursing home physical injuries lawyer serving Rockville.