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What to Know About Nursing Home Negligence in Maryland

Making the hard decision to put your loved one in a nursing home requires a lot of trust in the staff who will care for your loved one. Unfortunately, not every nursing home is deserving of this trust. If you suspect that your loved one is the victim of nursing home negligence or abuse, continue reading to learn the action you can take against the nursing home. For assistance, reach out to our team of Prince George’s County medical malpractice attorneys. Here are some questions you may have:

What are the most common signs of nursing home negligence or abuse?

It is important to be aware of the warning signs of nursing home abuse. The following are the most common signs that nursing home abuse is occurring to your loved one:

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

What action can I take if I suspect nursing home negligence or abuse?

Time is of the essence if you suspect that your loved one is the victim of nursing home negligence or abuse. It is important that you take action by taking the following steps:

  1. Report the issue as soon it is brought to your attention. This requires you to speak with nursing home management, the appropriate authorities, and even the police if you believe your loved one is in imminent danger.
  2. Move your loved one to a safe place. You must ensure that they receive immediate medical care.
  3. Collect evidence of the unsafe nursing home conditions by photographing and videotaping them before they are cleared away.
  4. If there were any potential witnesses of the negligence or abuse, ask for their name, phone number, and email address.
  5. Retain the services of our Prince George’s County medical malpractice attorneys. Our legal team is prepared to gather further evidence of the abuse to support your claim.

How can I report a nursing home in Maryland?

You can report the 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 suspect that your loved one is in a negligent or abusive nursing home, it is important that you report the facility.

Contact our experienced Maryland firm

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.

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