Earlier this month in the Bronx, New York, a 77-year-old man died after he was involved in a fight with a nursing aide in a local nursing home. According to a report by one local news source, the two got involved in an intense fight that eventually required witnesses to physically separate the two.
Evidently, the fight broke out when the resident wanted to get out of bed but the aide wasn’t allowing him to do so. At some point during the fracas, the nursing home resident fell on a broken table and was impaled by a piece of metal. He was rushed to a nearby hospital, but he passed away from his injuries just a few hours later.
The nurse—who had been employed with the nursing home for 14 years—told police and reporters that the resident attacked her first. However, that has yet to be verified. For her involvement in the death of the resident, the aide has been charged with criminally negligent homicide, felony assault, and endangering the welfare of an adult. She was released on bail after pleading not guilty to all charges.
The nursing home has thus far been cooperating with authorities. In an official statement, a spokesperson told reporters that the “nursing home has a five-star rating from medicare.gov. This facility has an exemplary healthcare history.”
Nursing Home Abuse in Maryland Nursing Homes
Each year, over four million adults are abused or neglected in nursing homes across the country. In many of these cases, the family of the victim has no idea that anything is wrong until it is too late. In cases when the family is told that their loved one is being abused, they all too often don’t take the reports seriously until the damage has been done.
Nursing homes are responsible for providing their residents with a certain level of care. If the care provided falls below this level, the nursing home is liable for any injuries that resulted from the lapse in care. In cases of nursing home abuse, the management can be held liable for the conduct of the abusive nurse. In addition, the individual nurse can also be named in the lawsuit. To learn more about how you may be able to recover for injuries sustained in a nursing home abuse incident, call a dedicated Maryland nursing home attorney today.
Has Your Loved One Suffered at the Hands of an Abusive Nursing Home Employee?
If your loved one is in a Maryland nursing home, and you believe that he or she may be at risk of being abused, you should immediately do everything possible to secure his or her safety. Once your loved one is safe, contact Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC to speak with one of our dedicated nursing home attorneys about how you may be able to recover for the injuries your loved one has suffered. Call 410-654-3600 to set up a free initial consultation with an attorney today.
See More Blog Posts:
Nursing Home Video Catches Employees Abusing Elderly Patients, Maryland Nursing Home Lawyer Blog, published December 5, 2014.
Elderly Woman Killed in Nursing Home Accident, Family Settles Suit, Maryland Nursing Home Lawyer Blog, published November 13, 2014.