When a Maryland nursing home accepts a resident into their care, the nursing home assumes an affirmative duty to provide an acceptable level of care to the resident. This entails ensuring that all physical needs are met, including the administration of medication, allowing residents to use the restroom as often as needed, and ensuring that residents get the appropriate level of nutrition.
Given the tasks involved, running a nursing home is not an easy business, and many nursing homes operate on thin margins. Thus, nursing home management often are in a position in which they are trying to staff the home with the fewest number of employees possible. While this saves money, it also can prevent residents from obtaining the care necessary to live in a safe and secure environment.
When a nursing home fails to provide sufficient coverage to care for the needs of its residents, and a resident suffers harm as a result of this failure, that resident or their family may be able to obtain financial compensation for any injuries caused by the home’s negligence. Of course, a Maryland nursing home neglect plaintiff must be able to establish each element of their claim by introducing admissible evidence. Often, this consists of direct evidence, such as video recordings or witness testimony. However, nursing home neglect cases can also proceed on circumstantial evidence of abuse or neglect. This would include otherwise unexplainable bruises or bedsores.
Son Believes Nursing Home’s Negligence Responsible for Mother’s Death
Recently, the son of a woman who died shortly after she was admitted into a nursing home filed a wrongful death case against the nursing home, claiming that the home’s negligence resulted in his mother’s death. According to a local news report, the elderly woman suffered from arthritis and was wheelchair-bound.
The man’s complaint alleges that while at the facility, his mother contracted a urinary infection shortly after her admission into the facility. Not long after the diagnosis, the man’s mother passed away. As it turns out, the very same nursing home was cited after a government probe into the level of care it was providing residents. The case has only recently been filed, and no resolution has been reached at this point.
Is Your Loved One at Risk?
If you have a loved one in a Maryland nursing home, and you believe that they may be at risk due to being neglected or abused, you should consult with a dedicated personal injury attorney. The skilled personal injury lawyers at the law firm of Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC have extensive experience representing victims of nursing home abuse and neglect, as well as their family members. To learn more, and to speak with a dedicated injury lawyer about your loved one’s situation, call 410-654-3600 today. Calling is free, and we will not bill you for our services unless we are able to help you or your loved one obtain the compensation you deserve.
More Blog Posts:
Video Evidence Is Catching More Abusive Caretakers in the Act, Maryland Nursing Home Lawyer Blog, published March 23, 2018.
Civil Lawsuits Versus Criminal Prosecutions in Nursing Home Abuse Cases, Maryland Nursing Home Lawyer Blog, published March 7, 2018.