Not only is “patient dumping” as it is sometimes referred unsavory from a moral standpoint, but it is also illegal. Within the extensive lawsuit filed in Maryland, there are citations of examples of nursing home resident ejections that can be categorized as nursing home abuse or neglect. There are cases in which people were forcibly taken out of a nursing home and left on the doorstep of a nearby hospital or another assisted living facility.
If the allegations within the lawsuit are upheld by ruling courts, then it could be the beginning of more lawsuits around the country against nursing homes that have swapped Medicaid elders for Medicare elders without due cause. Damages sought in subsequent lawsuits could include cost of medical care, assisted living, emotional anguish, and more.
For more information about this ongoing story of nursing home abuse and patient dumping, be sure to regularly visit Brown & Barron LLC and look for updated blog entries. If you think you have a nursing home abuse case of your own that should be reviewed by a Baltimore injury attorney, do not hesitate to contact our team at your first opportunity.