Silver Spring Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
Has someone that you love suffered from neglect in a Montgomery County nursing home?
At the law offices of Goldberg Finnegan, our Silver Spring nursing home abuse lawyers have recovered favorable awards for nursing home negligence cases and charge no upfront costs to review the details of your claim.
There are time limits in Maryland to file a nursing home abuse case.
Nursing Home Abuse Liability
If a person can prove that a nursing home has operated negligently, that nursing home may be held liable for any losses and damages. These damages may include medical expenses, disfigurement, pain and suffering and disability.
The following could be grounds for filing a nursing home neglect claim:
Breach of Regulatory or Statutory Rights
Nursing home residents are allowed their dignity, autonomy, and privacy. When a nursing home employee violates one of their rights, the nursing home may be held liable.
Inadequate Nursing Home Training
In some instances, nursing home employees are not properly trained to work with disabled or unruly residents, and do not provide adequate levels of care required by law and expected by family members. Often times, inadequate training of staff may lead to neglect and injuries, where the nursing home will then be held liable.
Medication Mistakes and Medical Errors
Nursing homes hold accountability to administer the correct medication and doses to the correct residents as prescribed. When a prescription drug error occurs and injures a patient, this will allow the victim and family to sue the negligent party.
Negligent Hiring of Nurses and Staff
Nursing home employees have an obligation to their residents to hire the most qualified personnel for the job, which should include requisite academic degrees for the position of hire, and no history of abuse. When a nursing home fails to perform an adequate background check and an injury occurs, the nursing home may be held liable.
Third Party Responsibility Claim
In Maryland, nursing homes have a responsibility to protect their residents, therefore can be held liable for acts of third parties within the residence. For example, if a resident becomes injured by another resident or guest of another resident, the nursing home may be held liable if they did not provide adequate security to prevent the incident from occurring.
Under-staffing for Seniors Care
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) demonstrates the average staff to resident ratio is one staff member to every 1.64 residents. When a nursing home is understaffed, residents may become neglected and more vulnerable due to inadequate time spent with each resident.
How Our Maryland Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Lawyers Can Help
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Our lawyers can file reports of nursing home neglect to the correct authorities and begin taking steps to ensure your loved ones rights are protected in the case that an abuse report is misplaced or tampered with. It is imperative to document all relevant information as this can aid and prompt further investigations.
In each nursing home neglect case, our lawyers will inform the nursing home of pending allegations, and provide an opportunity to respond to claims. In many cases, the nursing home may attempt to settle, and try scheduling a meeting to compromise. By settling a nursing home neglect claim, the neglected party may recover compensation, while the nursing home will save the time and money required of jury trials.
Nursing Home Negligence Warning Signs
Often times, nursing home neglect and abuse may be dismissed as signs of dementia or old age, while it is extremely important that family members recognize the symptoms of mistreatment. The following are common signs of nursing home neglect and abuse:
- Bruises or bleeding
- Emotional withdrawal
- Bruises on or around genitals
- Silence around caretakers
- Bodily discomfort
- Sudden financial difficulties
- Replacement in power of attorney
- Unexplained infections or diseases
- Switch in an elderly persons will
- Unpaid expenses by elderly
Contact Our Silver Spring Attorneys Today
At the law offices of Goldberg Finnegan, our team takes pride in being trial attorneys that are not intimidated by even the largest corporations in court.
Our Maryland-based attorneys have access to expert medical witnesses that can testify on your behalf, and will explain how our clients injuries are linked to nursing home negligence.
If you believe a loved one is or has been being neglected in a nursing home, contact our nursing home lawyers today for a free evaluation.