There is nothing more despicable than the inhumane treatment of our elderly. If you are someone who had to decide whether it was time to put your loved one in a nursing home and you did, there is a very good chance you are frequently worried about the safety of your loved one. Fortunately, Maryland has many wonderful nursing homes, but there are plenty of exceptions as well. Please continue reading and speak with our experienced Maryland personal injury attorneys to learn more about nursing home negligence/abuse and how we can help if you believe your loved one is the victim of it. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What are some warning signs of nursing home abuse?

Of course, nobody wants to imagine that their loved one is a victim of nursing home negligence or abuse, however, by keeping an eye out for some of the following warning signs, you may very well save your loved one’s life.

  • Pressure sores or ulcers
  • Malnutrition
  • Complaints of thirst or hunger
  • Complaints of discomfort
  • Unexplained bruises
  • Signs of fear when certain aids enter the room
  • Complaints of verbal or physical abuse
  • Reports of falling several times

What should I do if I suspect nursing home negligence/abuse?

If you suspect that your loved one is the victim of nursing home negligence or abuse, time is of the essence, and you must take the following steps–quickly:

  1. Report the problem. This means speaking with nursing home management, the appropriate authorities, or even the police, if you believe your loved one is in imminent danger.
  2. Get your loved one to a safe place and ensure he or she receives immediate medical care.
  3. Take pictures and videos of the unsafe nursing home conditions before they have a chance to clear them away.
  4. Ask any potential witnesses of the neglect/abuse for their name, phone number, and email address.
  5. Retain the services of an experienced Maryland medical malpractice attorney who can work to gather and present all additional evidence needed to prove your claim.

How do I report a bad nursing home in Maryland?

If you suspect your loved one is in a bad nursing home, you can report that nursing home to the Maryland Board of Nursing or the Long Term Care Unit of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.


If you are injured due to another party’s negligence, you must reach out to one of our knowledgeable attorneys. At Timian & Fawcett, LLC, we provide effective legal services to clients in Prince George’s County, Washington, D.C., and all of Maryland. Our firm is dedicated to assisting our clients. If you need our help, we are ready to serve. Contact Timian & Fawcett, LLC.