One family in Oklahoma is having a hard time after getting their bruised and battered loved one out of the nursing home that they claim caused his condition. According to a report by a local Oklahoma news source, the family had a difficult time getting the nursing home to cooperate after they claimed that the nursing home abused their loved one.
Evidently, the man was in the nursing home for a short time recovering from a recent illness. While he was there, the family discovered that their loved one had been abused while in the care of the nursing home.
The elderly man—a Vietnam veteran—claims that one of the nurses in the facility punched him in his stomach; there are bruises to corroborate his story. Apparently, when the nursing home was confronted about the bruises, they could not explain where they came from. When the family claimed that their loved one was being abused by the nursing home, the nursing home stopped giving the elderly man his medication.
The man has since been removed from the nursing home by his family and is in the comfort of his own home with his loving wife.
Physical Abuse in Nursing Homes
In Maryland, these types of stories are all too common. A resident checks in to a nursing home and at first all is well. However, after the resident gets settled in and family contact starts to become less frequent, nurses eventually become agitated and take out their frustrations on the patients.
In some cases this results in emotional or psychological abuse, such as tormenting, making fun of, or embarrassing the patient. In other cases, the nurses actually resort to physical violence against the elderly who are placed in their care.
In each of these cases, the nurses are violating their duty to the patient, and can potentially be held responsible in a Maryland court of law.
Recovering for Nursing Home Abuse
One thing to keep in mind when hoping to recover for the abuse that you or a loved one has suffered while at a nursing home is the caliber of attorneys nursing homes generally employ to defend themselves. Nursing homes are no strangers to lawsuits. In fact, they face lawsuits with some regularity. Therefore, they generally retain the services of highly skilled defense attorneys to help them deflect many of the suits that are filed against them.
Therefore, it is critically important that you too have a dedicated and skilled attorney at your side throughout the process.
Are You Considering Filing Suit Against a Nursing Home?
If you or a loved one has recently experienced abuse while staying at a nursing home, make sure to retain a highly skilled attorney that you will feel comfortable handling your case. The dedicated personal injury attorneys at the Maryland nursing home abuse law firm of Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC have years of experience holding nursing homes to task for all kinds of abuses. To schedule a free initial consultation with one of the dedicated personal injury attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen, click here, or call 410-654-3600 today.
See More Blog Posts:
North Carolina Cites Nursing Home for Inadequate Care and Abuse, Maryland Nursing Home Lawyer Blog, published July 14, 2014.
Male Nurse Pleads Not Guilty to Mistreating a Patient, Maryland Nursing Home Lawyer Blog, published June 24, 2014.