Social Media and Maryland Nursing Home Abuse

Recently, a national news publication reported on a disturbing assisted living center abuse case. The case highlights issues that many Maryland nursing home abuse victims and their families experience.

According to the report, police investigated an assisted living facility after they received a call from a person who stated that they saw an egregious video of two women with dementia fighting posted on social media. The video shows a staff member pushing one resident while another resident is lying on the floor. The investigation revealed that, although the altercation did not amount to a “fight club,” as initially reported, the events were alarming and deviated from appropriate standards that nursing homes are expected to conform to. The employees permitted the residents to fight with each other while an employee physically assaulted another resident. Police conceded that the investigation was challenging because the victims are experiencing the symptoms of dementia and, therefore, cannot adequately articulate the events. The employees were terminated and are facing serious criminal charges.

In situations such as this, nursing homes and their employees often face civil charges in addition to criminal charges by residents and their families. In Maryland, nursing home abuse lawsuits are often steeped in allegations of abuse, negligence, malpractice, and premises liability. Nursing home abuse cases are typically the most disconcerting type of claim. These cases involve an intentional act or reckless disregard for the health and safety of the resident. Some examples of nursing home abuse are when a caretaker physically or sexually assaults a resident.

Nursing home neglect includes situations where a healthcare provider fails to provide the resident with an appropriate level of care. This failure to appropriately care for the patient can have severe and often fatal consequences. For example, when a healthcare provider does not provide the resident with the required medication, treatment, and therapy.

Medical malpractice lawsuits are a result of injuries that the resident suffers because of a physician’s negligent medical treatment of the resident. These cases may occur after a resident suffers bedsores or receives inappropriate treatment, or the incorrect medication.

Finally, premises liability lawsuits against a Maryland nursing home may ensue after a resident suffers an injury because of negligent maintenance of the facility. A premises liability lawsuit against a facility may be appropriate in situations where a resident slips and falls on a spill or other hazard that the facility failed to remedy.

Have You or a Loved One Suffered Injuries Because of the Negligence of a Maryland Nursing Home?

If you or a loved one has sustained injuries because of a Maryland nursing home or assisted living center’s negligent care and treatment, you should contact the dedicated nursing home abuse attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen. The attorneys at our law firm understand that these cases can pose significant challenges because the victims may not be able to articulate their abuse or injuries. We are skilled at overcoming these common barriers and can help you and your loved one get the compensation you deserve. Contact our Maryland nursing home abuse lawyers at 800-654-1949 to schedule a free initial consultation.

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