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Nursing homes are entrusted with the care and well-being of our elderly loved ones. However, nursing home abuse and neglect remains prevalent in many long-term care facilities in Maryland .
If someone you love has suffered from nursing home abuse or neglect, you should immediately consult a qualified attorney to help your loved one receive the justice he or she deserves.
The Maryland nursing home abuse lawyers at The Law Offices of Peter T. Nicholl understand the difficulties that families go through when an elderly loved one is abused by the very people providing him or her care. For more than 30 years, our team of award-wining personal injury attorneys in Maryland has defended the rights of nursing home abuse victims against negligent healthcare facilities. Our firm’s found Peter T. Nicholl is an AV© Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, a distinction presented to attorneys with the highest level of professional excellence. We will provide you with a free, no obligation consultation to review the circumstances of your claim and determine your legal options. Our attorneys will aggressively pursue your claim on a contingency fee basis at no upfront cost. You will not have any fees or costs unless we recover compensation for your claim.
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Identifying the signs of nursing home abuse is not always simple. Often, victims remain silent after suffering abuse out of fear of retaliation from their abuser or because they lack the cognitive abilities to understand or remember when an act of abuse occurred.
It is often left to the victim’s family members and close loved ones to recognize changes in his or her personality, appearance or behavior that may indicate signs of abuse. These include:
Often, nursing home staff members are reluctant to leave an abused resident alone with others. If you notice any unusual or intimidating behavior or interactions between a staff member and a resident, immediately inform the nursing home’s administrator.
If you suspect abuse, contact our Maryland nursing home abuse attorneys to discuss your legal options. A One of our nursing home abuse lawyers in Maryland will provide you with a free, no obligation review of your claim to find out if you have a case against the abuser or nursing home facility.
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Nursing home abuse can take many forms, including:
Abuse against nursing home residents often takes the form of physical violence that results in harming, injuring or causing the victim pain. Often, victims suffer physical abuse in nursing homes through non-consensual contact or restraint.
The types of physical abuse toward nursing home residents can include:
Emotional abuse occurs when a nursing home resident is subjected to behavior that may result in psychological trauma, such as anxiety, depression, irritability or post-traumatic stress disorder.
In cases of nursing home abuse, emotional abuse can be verbal or non-verbal, such as:
One of the most tragic forms of abuse that occurs in nursing homes is sexual assault. This occurs when a resident is forced, coerced, manipulated or tricked into unwanted sexual contact with a staff member, caregiver or other resident. Often, the victims of sexual abuse in nursing homes suffer from severe cognitive impairments and are not able to understand or remember when the assault occurred.
Unfortunately, sexual abuse in nursing homes is much more common than previously thought. Since 2000, more than 16,000 cases of sexual assaults in nursing homes have been reported, according to a CNN investigation. More than 25 percent of cases involving nursing home sexual abuse involved a staff member or caregiver named as the abuser.
Financial abuse occurs when the person responsible for monitoring an elderly person’s finances takes advantage of his or her position by misusing or stealing the victim’s funds, property or other assets.
Often, elder financial abuse is committed by the victim’s caregiver, nursing home staff, or members of his or her family. Indications of elder financial abuse include:
Elder neglect occurs in a nursing home when a resident is denied the care and services that he or she needs from staff members or caregivers. Elder neglect is one of the most common forms of nursing home abuse and is often overlooked. Nursing home neglect can take many forms, including:
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If it can be proven that a nursing home or its employees acted negligently to prevent or reprimand an act of abuse, it may be held liable for any damages suffered by the victim.
Our Maryland nursing home abuse attorneys will investigate your claim to determine if any of the following factors led to your loved one’s abuse or neglect. If one of these situations is present and contributed to the abuse, we will work to hold the nursing home liable.
Nursing homes are required to hire individuals who have the proper qualifications to provide quality care to elderly residents. Staff members should have the proper medical degrees, training and experience, along with no record of abuse or violence.
If a nursing home hires a candidate without these credentials, or fails to conduct a thorough background check, it is putting its residents at risk and could be held liable for abuse or neglect.
Nursing homes should employ enough staff and caregivers to adequately care for its residents and address their specific needs. When a nursing home fails to employ a reasonable amount of staff members, it leaves residents susceptible to neglect and abuse.
Many nursing home residents depend on caregivers for food, bathing, medication and grooming. If a resident is deprived of these needs, he or she may develop sores, infections and other adverse health conditions. Understaffed nurses and caregivers may not have time to feed and administer medications to residents, which results in malnutrition and serious medical complications.
Nursing home staff members should be qualified to provide residents with the adequate level of care they need.
In many cases of nursing home negligence, staff members are improperly trained to recognize when a resident’s health is at risk. Additionally, many cases of abuse are committed by staff members with inadequate training and qualifications.
Nursing home residents are guaranteed certain rights that entitle them to enjoy individual dignity and self-determination.
Nursing homes must meet federal standards to uphold residents’ rights, which include the right to:
A nursing home could be held liable if a staff member violates a resident’s rights.
Nursing home residents are often prescribed several medications to treat their ailments or illnesses. Administering the wrong type or dosage of medication to a resident can result in him or her suffering from serious health effects or death.
If a resident is harmed or killed by staff member or caregiver’s medication error, the nursing home could be found liable for the resident’s damages.
Nursing homes have an obligation to create a safe environment for their residents. If a resident is injured by a third party, such as an intruder, visitor or another resident, the nursing home can be found liable if it failed to provide adequate security to prevent such an act from occurring.
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If you believe your loved one has been neglected, injured or abused while residing in a nursing home, contact The Law Officers of Peter T. Nicholl as soon as possible.
Our Maryland nursing home abuse lawyers will handle all details of your claim against the resident’s abuser. We have more than 30 years of experience protecting victims of negligence and abuse. We understand how to represent these cases to reach fair and effective results for victims and their families.
Our nursing home abuse attorneys in Maryland will safely guide you through the legal process while ensuring your best interests are kept at the front of every decision and negotiation. We will take the necessary steps to ensure your loved one’s rights are protected.
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If you suspect that someone you love is suffering from nursing home abuse, do not hesitate to inform the facility’s administrative staff. If the abuse continues or you believe a resident is being physically threatened or assaulted, you should immediately call 9-1-1 or the local police.
Maryland also provides additional programs and resources for victims of nursing home abuse to receive the help they need. These sources include:
Our nursing home abuse attorneys in Maryland are familiar with the agencies that protect older adults and victims of nursing home abuse. We will work to ensure that your loved one’s allegations of abuse are reported to the proper authorities and effectively handled.
Nursing homes are trusted to care for some of our most vulnerable citizens. When this obligation is breached, the facility should be held accountable.
At The Law Offices of Peter T. Nicholl, our Maryland nursing home abuse lawyers will fight to protect the rights of nursing home residents who have been abused or neglected while residing in a nursing home. We have a strong record of successfully representing victims of injury and neglect and will fight to protect your loved one’s interests.
Do not hesitate to schedule a free, no obligation consultation with a member of our accomplished legal team. Our nursing home abuse attorneys in Maryland provide all of our services at no upfront cost. There will be no fees or costs unless we succeed in securing justice and compensation for your elderly loved one.
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