Reporting Elder Abuse In a Nursing Home: Step-by-Step
Imagine having your elderly loved one living in a nursing home. You entrust this business and its employees with the utmost care of your family member. Then all of a sudden, signs start to show that your loved one is being abused or neglected.
What do you do? Who do you turn to?
Unfortunately, nursing home abuse and neglect is a real problem that many individuals encounter throughout the nation. When it happens, it’s important to know what steps to take in order to hold the negligent party accountable for their actions—or inactions.
Here are some steps to take if you suspect elder abuse or neglect.
Monitor the Signs of the Abuse
Make sure you gather the necessary evidence to prove abuse. Take photos or videos displaying changes in behavior, bruises or abrasions, sores, and anything that might indicate physical abuse. If you notice your loved one being distant or avoiding certain caregivers, make sure to record the behavior.
If you believe your loved one is the victim of financial abuse, check transactions and bank accounts to show any signs of strange spending. Also, make sure your loved one doesn’t give money or information to a caregiver.
Reporting the Incident
Maryland has a number of state government agencies that you can contact to report the abuse. You will want to ensure the report as accurate as possible so the agency looking into the incident knows what to look for and their findings are properly documented.
You can use these reports to help build a case. The Maryland Department of Aging and Maryland Department of Health can investigate these claims to help hold the nursing home accountable for the damages.
Calling a Lawyer
Speaking with a Baltimore nursing home abuse attorney is an important step to protect your rights and the rights of your loved one. You want to make sure that you are speaking to someone who knows how to gather the correct evidence and investigate matters for you to help determine liability.
At Brown & Barron, we know what to look for to help our clients. We want to guide you through some of the difficult aspects of legal matters, especially when it comes to protecting your elderly loved one. We offer free consultations so you can get the answers you need.
Call us today to schedule your free evaluation.