When someone places a loved one in a nursing home, they do so because they cannot provide their loved one with the care needed to make their life as complete as possible. Indeed, the expectation is that the employees of the nursing home will be able to do a better job than family members because they are trained professionals who are experienced in caring for the elderly. However, the reality is that sometimes nursing home employees act out of frustration or anger and hurt those they are charged with caring for.
When a nursing home resident is harmed at the hands of a nurse or other employee of a nursing home, several options are available for the abused resident and their family. If the resident is competent to bring claims against the facility themselves, they can do so. In the event that the resident has passed away, a family member of the victim may have standing to file a wrongful death action against the allegedly responsible parties.
One Family Files Suit Against a Nursing Home, Seeking $4 Million
Earlier this month, a family in Virginia filed suit against the nursing home that was charged with caring for their loved one. According to one local news report, the staff members who were caring for the elderly incapacitated woman pulled the bed sheets out from underneath her, causing her to fall to the floor.
As a result of her fall, the woman sustained several wounds to her legs, feet, heels, and buttocks. Eventually, the elderly woman’s leg needed to be amputated.
The family bringing suit against the nursing home says that the administration is at fault, as well as the specific nurses who were involved. One of the woman’s relatives told the court that she one time had to bring her elderly loved one bandages because the nursing home did not have any on hand. It is their position that the lack of attention provided by the administration, as well as the lack of staffing and supplies, meant that the nursing home was providing sub-standard care to their loved one.
In the lawsuit that was filed earlier this month, the family is seeking $4 million in damages from the home’s management. A spokesperson for the nursing home declined to comment on the pending lawsuit.
Do You Have a Loved One in a Maryland Nursing Home?
If you have a loved one in a Maryland nursing home, and you believe that they may be the victim of either nursing home abuse or neglect, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. Of course, the nursing home administration and staff members will likely contest all claims made against them. Therefore, the assistance of a dedicated Maryland personal injury attorney may be useful. Whether it consists of researching what happened behind the nursing home’s closed doors, or convincing a judge or jury that your loved one is entitled to the compensation sought, the skilled attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen are well equipped to handle your claim. Call 410-654-3600 today to set up a free consultation.
More Blog Posts:
Family of Deceased Nursing Home Resident Sues Home Alleging Negligence, Maryland Nursing Home Lawyer Blog, published November 6, 2015.
Group of Nursing Homes Told They Cannot Force Arbitration by State Supreme Court, Maryland Nursing Home Lawyer Blog, published October 7, 2015.