Elopement & Wandering Injuries
Baltimore Nursing Home Attorneys Committed to Your Case
There are few decisions as gut-wrenching as sending your disabled or incapacitated loved one to live in a nursing home. Trusting that the nursing home staff and owners will give your family member the care and attention they deserve, you may never expect to get a call that they’ve wandered off the property unsupervised, also known as “elopement.”
Whether your senior loved one suffered wandering-related injuries inside or outside the facility, you may be entitled to pursue a civil lawsuit against the nursing home responsible for their losses. At Brown & Barron, LLC, our Baltimore elopement attorneys are highly experienced in nursing home abuse and neglect cases. More than that, we are passionate about helping our clients seek justice – and willing to go the distance to fight for their rights.
Contact us at (410) 698-1717 24/7 to schedule a free consultation on your nursing home neglect lawsuit.
Why Is Wandering So Dangerous?
For the most part, seniors are admitted to nursing home facilities when they are unable to engage in activities of daily living (ADLs) on their own, typically due to dementia symptoms from advanced degenerative conditions like Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson’s. Because dementia causes memory loss and confusion, wandering unsupervised throughout the facility can be extremely dangerous for seniors. When seniors escape the nursing home and wander outside of the property’s limits, this is called elopement.
Regardless of how far seniors wander off, wandering can result in a number of extremely serious outcomes, including:
- Pedestrian accidents
- Abuse and assault
- Slip and fall injuries
- Head wounds and brain injuries
- Extreme cold exposure
- Severe sunburn and heat stroke
How Can Nursing Homes Prevent Elopement?
Although nursing homes could prevent most cases of wandering and elopement just by staffing to federally-required levels and staying vigilant, there are lots of other ways that a nursing home should be trying to prevent this dangerous activity. From installing adequate security systems to informing staff about frequent wanderers, nursing homes need to be on the lookout for ways to protect seniors at all times.
Some of the most common ways nursing homes can prevent elopement:
- Implementing security systems in public common areas, outdoor spaces, and walkways
- Installing appropriate exit alarms and locking systems
- Educating staff on the risk of elopement and wandering
- Allowing residents to enjoy supervised walks or enclosed outdoor spaces
- Using patient tracking devices when necessary for the resident’s safety
- Completing a resident “risk assessment” for wandering
- Providing front desk and security personnel with photos of frequent wanderers
Pursuing Justice for Your Loved One
Our attorneys at Brown & Barron, LLC have handled many cases involving elopement and wandering at nursing home facilities in Baltimore and Maryland. With over 75 years of combined experience, a strong commitment to our clients, and a deep understanding of nursing home requirements, we can help you understand when you have a claim for compensation. By accounting for medical expenses and psychological trauma after a wandering incident, the damages in a civil lawsuit may give your family more peace of mind for the future.
Contact us today at (410) 698-1717 or submit our online form to schedule a free consultation.
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