Dundalk Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
It can be very difficult for a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect to report the abuse, even to family. However, if a victim does report it, family, the authorities, and a lawyer can get involved. If you or your loved one is a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, our firm can help.
When you hire a nursing home lawyer from our team at Brown & Barron, we can work to hold the nursing home accountable and seek compensation for your loved one’s abuse. We have over 137 years of combined experience helping victims of nursing home abuse and neglect. During a free case evaluation, we’ll tell you more about how a Dundalk nursing home abuse & neglect attorney will help you and your loved one.
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Our attorneys have extensive experience in nursing home abuse and neglect cases, so you can be confident in your attorney’s ability to handle your case. We recovered over $82 million for our clients from 2017 to 2021 and have won numerous awards, including a 10.0 rating from Avvo.
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The Common Signs of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
If you believe your loved one is a victim of abuse and is in immediate danger, you should call the authorities and the Maryland Department of Health. If there is no immediate danger, you can speak to a loved one, another trusted person, or a nursing home abuse lawyer from our firm.
You might not be completely sure if your loved one is experiencing nursing home abuse or neglect. In this case, you should look for more signs of abuse in addition to any signs you’ve already recognized. Such signs may include:
- Poor hygiene
- Any injuries you believe your loved one may have suffered in the nursing home, such as a bruise or a fracture
- Bedsores that haven’t been treated or that have become chronic
- Your loved one seeming like they’re drugged or groggy
- Soiled bed sheets or clothes
- Any missed doses of your loved one’s medicine
- New medications that don’t seem necessary
- Any bruising around your loved one’s private areas
- Inexplicable changes in your loved one’s financial accounts
- Any assets, like jewelry, that are missing
- Inexplicable changes in your loved one’s behavior and/or personality
- A caregiver trying to prevent you and your loved one from being alone together
The Types of Nursing Home Abuse
Abuse can include neglect, emotional abuse, assault, or another kind of mistreatment. Since nursing home residents depend on the caring treatment of caregivers, any kind of mistreatment by caregivers could be considered abusive.
Below are the most common kinds of abuse in nursing homes and examples of each.
Neglect is often overlooked because a resident or their family may not notice how harmful it is. However, it is dangerous, potentially leading to physical harm and even death. It’s also abusive and a violation of trust.
Nursing home residents require care and attention, and when a caregiver doesn’t provide these things, this is neglect, whether intentional or not. An example of neglect could be a caregiver failing to dress or bathe a person who can’t do these things independently or not giving them food or necessary medication.
Nursing homes themselves can be neglectful, too, such as by not hiring enough staff.
Another kind of abuse that may be overlooked is financial abuse. With financial abuse, a person or facility steals another person’s assets or money. For instance, a nursing home may steal a resident’s money by billing them for unnecessary services.
This form of abuse involves physically harming another person, such as hitting, pushing, kicking, or using physical restraints on a nursing home resident unnecessarily.
Generally, emotional abusers want to change how a person acts and behaves, so a common sign of emotional abuse is a loved one behaving differently. An abuser may try to intimidate or belittle a person or threaten them to discourage reporting another kind of abuse.
Sadly, this kind of abuse can also be common in nursing homes. It involves any kind of unwanted sexual activity, such as a caregiver sexually assaulting a resident while the resident is sleeping. It may be especially difficult for your loved one to report sexual abuse, so you may have to call the authorities and the Maryland Department of Health if you suspect they are a victim.
Contact Brown & Barron online today to schedule a free case review with a with a nursing home abuse lawyer serving Dundalk.
The Damages Nursing Home Abuse Victims Can Claim
On behalf of your loved one, you may be able to claim certain damages in a nursing home abuse claim or lawsuit. These damages can help your family relocate your loved one and provide them with some recompense for their abuse. Also, by pursuing compensation, you’ll hold the nursing home accountable and may be able to help prevent future instances of abuse at that facility. You may be able to claim these damages and others:
- The costs of any medical treatment or continual care your loved one requires after their abuse
- The costs of any assistive devices your loved one needs
- The costs of any assets stolen
- The cost of having to relocate to another facility
- Your loved one’s pain, suffering, and mental anguish
- Wrongful death damages if your loved one did not survive their injuries
During a free case review, we’ll tell you more about us and how a Dundalk nursing home abuse & neglect attorney can help you with your case.
Help for Elderly Victims of Abuse and Neglect in Nursing Homes
If your loved one is out of immediate danger, it’s time to hire one of our firm’s nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys. Your attorney will seek your due compensation for you while you focus on helping your loved one recover. Your initial consultation with our firm will be completely free of charge.
To help you recover compensation for your loved one, your Dundalk nursing home abuse and neglect lawyer will:
- Investigate the incident, gathering proof of your loved one’s abuse
- Collect statements about the incident from witnesses and experts
- Help you determine which damages to claim
- File your claim or lawsuit for you
- Communicate on your behalf with the nursing home and their insurer
- Negotiate a settlement with the insurer or litigate your case in court
By taking legal action soon, you’ll help your attorney meet any deadlines for your case, such as the deadline for filing a nursing home abuse lawsuit in Maryland. This deadline is the earlier of either five years from the date of a medical malpractice incident or three years from the date of the discovery of a medical malpractice-related issue, per Md. Cts. & Jud. Proc. § 5-109.
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