Nursing Home Abuse – Maryland Attorney

Nearly one in three nursing homes have been cited for nursing home abuse, notes a congressional report.nursing-home-abuse A review of state inspections revealed that some 5,283 nursing homes have been cited for nearly 9,000 abuse violations.

Examples of nursing home abuse include residents who have been choked, punched, or kicked by nursing home employees and other residents. Abuse violations also include sexual abuse. It is extremely upsetting to wonder whether your vulnerable loved one is safe in the place where they are supposed to be well cared for.

Stop Nursing Home Abuse Now

If you suspect that your loved one is being abused or mistreated in some way, it is important to advocate persistently on his or her behalf. You can contact an attorney to help you discern whether you have a legal basis for filing a legal claim for nursing home abuse against the nursing home.

There are also many Maryland organizations dedicated to stopping or preventing nursing home abuse and maltreatment. These include:

Signs of Nursing Home Abuse, Mistreatment, and Neglect

Potential indicators of nursing home abuse, aside from obvious signs like broken bones, cuts and bruises, and lacerations, include:

  • Malnutrition
  • Dehydration
  • Bedsores not treated
  • Accidents that could have been prevented, including letting a person with dementia wander off
  • Poor sanitation and hygiene
  • Inadequate restraint or over-restraint

Decisions about entering a nursing home are often made during a crisis, when people do not have good information. You can order a free copy of the Maryland Attorney General’s Report, “Nursing Homes: What You Need to Know,” by calling 410-576-6500.

Maryland Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Medical malpractice attorney Jonathan Scott Smith has been helping injured people for more than 30 years. He has handled successfully medical malpractice cases, including cases where nursing home residents have been the victim of neglect.

Mr. Smith’s extensive trial experience — and track record of successful Past Results — has earned him the recognition of his peers, with an AV® Preeminent™* Peer Review Rating in the Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating process, and a 10.0 Superb AVVO rating. These are the highest ratings possible for legal skill, ethical practice, a lawyer’s years in practice, disciplinary history, professional achievements and industry recognition.

Contact an Experienced Nursing Home Abuse Attorney in Columbia, Maryland

If you or a loved one has suffered nursing home mistreatment, neglect, or abuse, get help now. Speak to an attorney who can help protect your rights. To schedule an appointment with experienced nursing home medical malpractice attorney Jonathan Scott Smith in Columbia, Maryland, call 410-740-0101 or contact us online.

Bedsores & Nursing Home Neglect

Nursing homes are meant to be safe environments for seniors, places where they can be cared for and protected. Unfortunately, many nursing homes neglect the very people they are meant to champion and, through that neglect, threaten the well-being of their residents.

An explanation of bedsores (decubitus ulcers)

Bedsores develop when continuous pressure restricts circulation to areas of the body. Areas of the buttocks, hips and heels are the most common sites where bedsores develop. Restricted or inadequate blood flow to the affected tissue can eventually cause that tissue to die. Nursing home residents who are bedridden or wheelchair bound and cannot change their body position may develop serious bedsores, which can cause infections and become life threatening without treatment.

There are four stages of bedsores:

• Stage 1 bedsores are minor and manifest as a redness of the skin.
• Stage 2 bedsores manifest as blisters or abrasions on the skin.
• Stage 3 bedsores cause damage to the full thickness of the skin.
• Stage 4 bedsores extend into the muscle, tendons and bone.

Through regular preventive care, most bedsores can be avoided by:

• Keeping the patient’s skin clean and dry
• Changing the patient’s position every two hours
• Providing exercise and rehabilitation time for patients
• Keeping patients well nourished and hydrated
• Using pillows and other devices to relieve pressure

Understaffed nursing homes or facilities with improperly trained caregivers and/or neglectful staff often have a higher incidence of patients with nursing home injuries and can be held legally liable.

Get legal assistance

If your loved one is a victim of nursing home neglect, an experienced medical malpractice attorney can help. Contact Jonathan Scott Smith online or call 410-740-0101 to schedule a consultation to discuss your case.


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