Abuse By Nursing Home Residents in Baltimore
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When it comes to nursing home abuse, we often imagine staff members intentionally abusing or neglecting residents. However, resident-on-resident abuse incidents have steadily increased in recent years. When such abuse is not properly handled, it can result in severe injuries and even death.
At Brown & Barron, LLC, our Baltimore nursing home abuse attorneys can help you take certain steps to ensure the abuse stops once and for all. We can investigate your case, collect evidence, and help your loved one recover their entitled compensation.
Reasons for Abuse
While a significant amount of abuse by other residents is verbal, there are many cases where physical abuse—such as hitting, kicking, scratching, biting, and throwing objects—is evident. Furthermore, sexual assault is also a common problem, since some residents make unwanted sexual advances toward fellow residents or expose themselves.
According to a study published in the Journal of Applied Gerontology, residents with dementia were five times more likely to physically abuse other residents. In addition, residents with severe mental illness were three times more likely to inflict abuse.
Common characteristics of nursing homes that experience resident-on-resident violence include:
- Lack of enforcement by nursing home staff
Nursing home staff must periodically evaluate the psychological health of their residents in order to screen for the likelihood of resident-on-resident abuse. When an incident occurs, staff are required to notify the family members.
However, sometimes facilities will attempt to cover up these incidents by failing to report them. Furthermore, residents may be too afraid to report their peers.
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If you believe your family member is being abused by another resident, we can take legal action against the nursing home staff for neglecting the needs of their residents. Our goal is to protect your loved one and seek financial compensation for your family.
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