It can be an incredibly difficult decision to trust the care of your loved ones in a care facility. Entering into the process is always easier when you know you can trust the staff members at a facility. As people age, it can sometimes be necessary to consider nursing homes and other care facilities as an option. An unfortunate reality in the nursing home business is that understaffing has led to a string of elder abuse throughout the nation. A recent news article detailed an elder abuse event.
According to a recent news piece, an employee at a Youngstown nursing home is charged with patient abuse after accusations that he verbally abused multiple patients and splashed one of them with a water hose. According to the police report, officers were dispatched to the Gateways to Better Living nursing home on August 31 regarding a staff member who was being “aggressive” with patients. Police spoke to the overseeing director at Gateway who told the officers that the staff member was acting “verbally aggressive” towards two patients. The director then told the officers that the employee had splashed the patients with a water hose while they were in the shower. The police report described all the patients as bedridden and disabled, in need of constant care.
Who Can You Contact in Maryland if You Suspect Nursing Home Abuse?
In Maryland, the appropriate program to contact if you suspect your family member or loved one is suffering from abuse is the Maryland Adult Protective Services (APS). APS investigates the exploitation and abuse of adults and elderly individuals throughout the state, including physical, mental, emotional, and financial abuse. Common signs of abuse include unexplained bruising, burning, scarring, depression, confusion, or dramatic changes in spending habits. Simply staying in close contact with your family member or loved one can tip you off to these common symptoms and could potentially save lives. It is important to remember that abuse can be perpetrated by a loved one, caregivers, or staff at a nursing home facility.
Do You Need a Maryland Elder Abuse Attorney?
If you or someone you love has suffered from elder abuse or neglect in a nursing home in the Prince George’s, Baltimore, Charles, or Montgomery County region, let the attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen help you recover the damages you deserve. Our lawyers have years of experience fighting for the injured and will work to provide you with the support, legal knowledge, and confidence to proceed with your claim. Our team has successfully represented injury victims at every stage of the process, ensuring that they obtain the proper damages. With our team, you can have faith that your claim is being pursued properly. If you have questions about your case, call us today at 800-654-1949 and schedule a free and no-obligation initial consultation with a Maryland injury lawyer at our office.