Earlier this year, a lawsuit was filed against a Florida nursing home after a former resident had to undergo a partial leg amputation that he alleged was due to the sub-standard care he received while staying at the nursing home. According to a report by one local news source, the nursing home named in the lawsuit had been fined over $4,500 over the past several years for various violations.
Evidently, the plaintiff in the current case was suffering from an infection on his second toe. At first, doctors told the man that the toe would need to be amputated, but that the leg was fine. However, after further investigation, doctors determined that the man needed to have his leg amputated just above the knee.
The plaintiff in the lawsuit, who had only stayed at the nursing home for five months at the time of the accident, also suffered numerous falls while in their care.
Interestingly, the very same nursing home that is named in this case was also named in another case last year, involving the death of a female patient. In that suit, the nursing home commented that any of the woman’s injuries were due to “pre-existing conditions” and that she was provided appropriate care by the facility. Both cases are still pending.
Nursing Home Cases in Maryland Courts
While the two lawsuits discussed above were both filed in Florida, the same types of laws that allow Florida residents to recover in their state after they have been the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect apply in Maryland under Maryland state law.
Generally speaking, when a nursing home accepts patients for compensation, they are assuming a duty to provide the contracted level of care to the resident entering their care. If a resident is injured due to the nursing home’s failure to provide that level of care, the injured resident may be entitled to monetary compensation based on the nursing home’s negligence. This compensation may include amounts for medical expenses as well as for pain and suffering.
However, nursing homes are prepared for these kinds of lawsuits, and they generally retain experienced attorneys to defend their actions—even their questionable ones. Therefore, it is advised that anyone considering filing a case against a nursing home consult with a dedicated Maryland nursing home attorney before filing their case.
Have You Been Injured By a Nursing Home’s Negligence?
If you or a loved one have recently been injured by a nursing home’s negligence, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. However, keep in mind that these lawsuits can be more complex than they seem at first glance. Therefore, it is advised that anyone considering a suit against a nursing home discuss their potential case with a dedicated Maryland nursing home attorney. The law firm of Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC, has years of experience bringing cases against negligent nursing homes and would be happy to meet with you to discuss your potential case. Call 410-654-3600 today to set up a free initial consultation. There is no risk to call, since we won’t bill you unless we can recover for you in your case.
See More Blog Posts:
Nursing Home Video Catches Employees Abusing Elderly Patients, Maryland Nursing Home Lawyer Blog, published December 5, 2014.
Alabama Nursing Home Employee Indicted for Abusing 96-Year-Old Resident, Maryland Nursing Home Lawyer Blog, published January 23, 2014.