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Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect

Baltimore Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect Attorney

When you suspect a nursing home is responsible for the abuse or neglect of a loved one, it can be difficult to get a straight answer. When nursing homes are at fault, they will do everything in their power to protect their business, making it nearly impossible for families to find out what happened.

A loved one may be placed in a nursing home for a number of reasons, such as after a surgery or major injury, a health condition, or the inability to care for themselves at home. 

Families trust nursing homes to properly care for their loved ones and meet their health and safety needs. However, sometimes that trust is misplaced, and the home is not providing the proper standard of care you expect, or your loved one deserves.

Why Should You Call Brown & Barron?

At Brown & Barron, we put a special focus on nursing home law, and we treat you like family. Our lawyers understand the complex set of rules that nursing homes must follow to ensure the well-being of their residents. The sad truth is that nursing homes often break these rules, resulting in preventable injuries and deaths. We have the experience and methods to uncover the truth.

When Brown & Barron gets involved, you get the answers and the justice your family deserves.

  • We have 130+ years of combined legal experience
  • We offer free, no-obligation consultations
  • We’ve recovered millions of dollars for our clients

Has your loved one been the victim of nursing home abuse? Call our Baltimore nursing home abuse lawyers at (410) 698-1717 or contact us online for a free case evaluation.

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How Can a Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Help My Case?

Discovering that a member of your family was abused in a nursing home is an extremely overwhelming feeling. You may be unsure of where to turn and what you can do when the people who were supposed to care for your loved one harmed them instead. Hiring an experienced attorney is essential in cases of nursing home abuse and neglect.

Our legal team can help you ensure your loved one is safe and that the negligent workers are held accountable for their actions. In addition to filing your claim, our lawyers can answer your questions about the legal process. Plus, we can help recover substantial evidence by accessing records and completing a thorough investigation of the nursing home’s actions.

If applicable, we can also help report the facility to regulatory agencies and other authorities.


Filing a lawsuit against a nursing home for abuse or neglect of your loved one is not an easy process and can be quite lengthy. On average, these types of lawsuits last several months to two years due to back and forth between the opposing sides and evidence collection. It is important to have an experienced nursing home abuse attorney on your side who understands the complexities of this type of litigation, as well as the laws that govern them. A skilled nursing home attorney near you can help ensure that you receive justice for yourself and your family by providing legal advice, representing you in court proceedings, helping with negotiations, filing documents correctly, gathering evidence, preparing witnesses for deposition or trial testimony and more.

How Do You Prove Liability of Nursing Facilities?

Problems in nursing homes often stem from understaffing, poor training, or failure to properly supervise staff and residents. In some places, there is a complete failure to provide appropriate medical treatment or nursing care. Safety hazards may result in falls and injuries, due to the facility failing to maintain proper safety policies and safe conditions.

The nursing home may be legally responsible for harm caused to a patient when negligence can be proven. In order to prevail in court, the plaintiff and their Baltimore nursing home abuse attorney must prove that:

  • The nursing home had a duty to care for the resident
  • It failed to act in a reasonable manner
  • The failure to act resulted in harm, such as injury or death

The attorneys and staff at Brown & Barron have represented dozens of clients who are victims of nursing home abuse and neglect across Maryland. We know exactly what it takes to successfully resolve these cases–what evidence is necessary, and, most importantly, what our clients need during this challenging time.

Different Ways Elder Abuse Can Occur

Most nursing home residents rely on facility staff for nearly all their needs, unfortunately leaving them vulnerable to multiple types of abuse and neglect. Incidences of nursing home abuse and neglect are usually grouped into seven different categories:

  • General: Caregivers who fail to provide their patients with daily care or assistance with tasks are guilty of general nursing home neglect. An example of general neglect is failing to help with hygiene. General neglect can result in infections, illnesses, or bedsores.
  • Physical: Physical abuse involves incidences of hitting, kicking, pushing, restraining, or any actions that are meant to cause physical harm to a patient. Signs of physical abuse may include bruises, broken bones, or burns.
  • Medical: Many elderly people are dependent on caregivers for medical attention. Nursing home staff who administer incorrect treatment or do not address injury and illness are neglecting their patients.
  • Nutritional: Nursing home staff can endanger the patients’ health by not feeding them or providing water. Signs of malnutrition and dehydration may include illness, exhaustion, or confusion.
  • Emotional: Emotional abuse may include yelling, insulting, threatening, controlling, or isolating a patient. A nursing home resident who is acting anxious, depressed, insecure, or irritable could be experiencing emotional abuse.
  • Sexual: Signs of sexual abuse of a nursing home resident can include physical injuries or illnesses, as well as emotional distress.
  • Financial: Financial abuse is when nursing home staff exert control over a resident’s finances by stealing, withholding funds, accessing bank information, or forging documents. Any unusual changes in an elderly person’s financial situation or power of attorney could be signs of financial abuse.
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