Maryland Nursing Home Negligence Lawyers

Do not take your loved one’s nursing care for granted.

There is an alarming rate of preventable ‘incidents’ in nursing homes and assisted care facilities throughout the country. The rate of incidents which has a direct impact on your loved ones has been increasing over the past several years as health facilities try to make themselves as profitable as possible at the expense of proper care for their patients. We are dedicated to helping the victims of negligence, neglect, abuse, and wrongful death.

Before deciding on a facility be sure to visit several times unannounced and inspect for cleanliness on the floors, proper smelling facility, observe how other residents are being treated, dressed, groomed and fed. Inquire about the number of registered nurses and certified nursing assistants per floor during the day and evening versus the number of residents. Nursing homes should be researched on the Internet for violations; one such site can be accessed at


Nursing home abuse can range from unreasonable and illegal physical contact, sexual contact or outright hitting, slapping, pushing, etc. of a resident by an employee.

Nursing home neglect can range from the deprivation of food or water to the failure to provide medication on a timely basis, or inability to be removed from bed or taken to the bathroom or failure to respond to calls for assistance. Many of these conditions can lead to severe and life-threatening conditions for loved ones if not recognized and corrected immediately.

Be sure to speak with the resident on a continual basis and listen to what they say. Significant weight loss, poor hygiene, complaints of pain from conditions or lack of medications, depression, lethargy, lack of interest, bead soars are all signs of problems which should be taken very seriously.

If you have questions or concerns regarding a nursing home or a condition which has arisen in your family, please do not hesitate to contact our office to discuss the matter. We will be happy to help you sort through the problem, and there is no charge for the consultation.

What Constitutes Nursing Home Abuse?

According to the Nursing Home Reform Act of 1987, those individuals residing in nursing homes have the right to live in an environment that is conducive to either the improvement or maintenance of both their physical and mental health. When the environment of a nursing home fails to meet these requirements, the individual residing in the nursing home may be the victim of nursing home abuse. Nursing home abuse can take several forms, and elderly abuse victims may be unable or unwilling to communicate the type of abuse they are experiencing at the hands of their caregivers. Nursing home abuse can be physical abuse, mental abuse, emotional abuse, or medical abuse. Neglect is a form of abuse that elderly individual may experience while living in an institution such as a nursing home as well.

If those employed by the nursing home intentionally causes an elderly individual living in a nursing home harm or pain, the elderly individual may be the victim of nursing home abuse. Intentional harm or pain may include things such as physical or sexual attacks, rough handling, cursing or threatening, corporal punishment, seclusion, or other forms of substandard care. Substandard care can lead to bed sores, depression, malnourishment or dehydration, and other physical, mental, or emotional ailments. Families may often be unaware of the abuse their elderly one is suffering; therefore, it is imperative that families understand what constitutes nursing home abuse and the sign commonly associated with abuse.

Elderly individuals are often afraid to report abuse due to fear of retaliation by their caregivers, or they are unable to report abusive behavior due to an illness or disability. For these reasons, it is essential that the families of these vulnerable and susceptible individuals understand those actions and behaviors that comprise abuse. When families either suspect or have evidence their elderly loved one is being abused, they need to report this information to the proper authorities. Also, families will want to retain the services of a skilled nursing home abuse attorney to represent their loved one. Nursing home abuse may be more prevalent than most would like to believe, and families have to make sure their loved one is receiving the proper care and treatment they deserve.

Signs of Abuse to Look For

Instances of nursing home abuse have become more prevalent in recent years, and families of elderly nursing home patients need to be aware of the common signs of nursing home abuse. In many cases, the elderly victim fails to report the abuse due to embarrassment or fear of retaliation by their abuser. Sometimes the elderly victim suffers from a severe disability or illness that hinders their ability to report abusive behavior. For these reasons, families cannot rely solely on the information provided by their elderly loved one to establish whether or not abuse is occurring in the nursing home. If an elderly loved one can and does report abuse, the family needs to take immediate action to stop these illegal actions and protect the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of their elderly loved one.

There are several signs of which families should be aware that may be indicative of nursing home abuse. Physical injuries, neglect, and emotional or behavioral changes are reliable indicators of nursing home abuse. Physical injuries include things such as bed sores, broken bones, bruises, head injuries, an overdose of medication, or any other type of unexplained injury or physical state. Soiled bed linens, poor hygiene, dehydration, or malnourishment are all signs of neglect, which is a form of abuse. Elderly abuse victims may exhibit emotional or behavior changes that include things such as agitation, fear, withdrawal, crying, or complaints about poor treatment by nursing home staff. Any recognized signs of abuse should be taken seriously and should be reported to the proper authorities. Also, nursing home abuse victims should have skilled and experienced legal representation.

Other signs of abuse that families of nursing home residents will want to be aware include things such as the refusal of staff to allow the family to see their loved one or unexplained delays regarding family visits with their loved one. The nursing home staff that are abusing an elderly patient may not allow the family to be alone with their loved one. The family may notice that a deep-seated tension is present or that frequent arguments occur between the nursing home staff and their loved one. If this type of behavior is occurring, it could indicate that a family’s loved one is indeed the victim of nursing home abuse. When nursing home abuse is either suspected or confirmed, a lawyer should be contacted as soon as possible.

Frequently Asked Questions About Nursing Home Abuse

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