Maryland Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect Lawyers

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Even as horrific instances of nursing home abuse become more well-known to the public, the sad truth is that nursing homes continue to engage in this behavior. They may do so out of the fact that few lawsuits have been filed against that particular nursing home to hold it accountable for its atrocious behavior. No one seems to have the power to enact change in the nursing home care systems except for licensed attorneys.

According to information gathered by Medicare, there are 226 nursing facilities rated in Maryland quick data from surveys and inspections. The federal agency states that sixty-five (29%) of these Maryland nursing homes are rated below the national average after severe violations and deficiencies were identified by investigators. If your loved one died prematurely or was injured, abused, mistreated or neglected while residing in a Maryland nursing home, contact the Maryland nursing home abuse lawyers at Nursing Home Law Center today to discuss out to you can receive financial compensation. We offer every potential client a free case review to evaluate the merits of their claim.

Attorneys in Maryland have a commitment to supporting loved ones who have been forced to deal with abuse and neglect affecting a loved one. The development of bed sores, noticeable cuts or abrasions and anxiety issues are all results that can happen when one is abused. It is important for family members to speak with attorneys when they are concerned that a loved one is being abused. With over 68 percent of Maryland nursing home receiving deficiency ratings in the quality of care provided to residents, it is time for family members to receive the legal help they need to deal with Maryland nursing home neglect.

Nursing Home Abuse Laws in Maryland

In Maryland, nursing home abuse laws are in place to protect the legal rights of nursing home residents. The governing sources of authority can be found in the Adult Protective Services Act, Institutional Abuse Act, Long Term Care Act and Nursing Homes Act. All of these pieces of legislation have been developed to provide widespread protections for nursing home residents. In particular, nursing home residents are susceptible to being victims of financial exploitation in nursing homes. In light of the poor economy, many nursing homes seek to take unauthorized funds from nursing home residents. Specific laws like the Elder Justice Act of 2009 provide a procedure for dealing with issues like abuse and financial exploitation. Any suspicion of abuse must be reported, and then owners of nursing home facilities must notify the government of a plan to transfer the resident. This Act now empowers more family members to take their loved one out of a bad situation and receive the help that they need.

Know the Legal Rights of Your Loved One

Your loved one also has certain rights subscribed under federal law in a nursing home. The Nursing Home Reform Act of 1987 is a major piece of legislation that has a list of residents’ rights. The major right of residents is to be free of abuse, mistreatment and neglect. Nursing home residents also have other rights such as the right to use self-determination, be free from physical restraints, right to have privacy, right to have medical accommodations, right to participate in social groups, right to be treated with dignity, right to review one’s care plan and right to be made aware of changes in a nursing home program or care plan.

If a loved one ever complains of abuse or other situations that violate these rights, family members should pay close attention to such complaints. Family members should be ready to react to such complaints and file a report. If you are unsure of what to do after a loved one has complained about abuse, then get in touch with a Maryland nursing home lawyer today. A Maryland nursing home lawyer can carefully consider any allegations of abuse and determine an appropriate way to proceed. Maryland nursing home lawyers will be able to help you handle this overwhelming situation.

Stand Firm with Help and Support from Maryland Lawyers

Maryland Nursing Home Abuse LawyersIn a time of chaos, it can be difficult to know the right step to take. If you suspect that your loved one is being abused, then the first step you can take is to call a lawyer now. Having a lawyer on your side will help you feel empowered as you deal with nursing home administrators and other workers who may not wish to share information with you. Speak with one of our lawyers today to receive the help that you need. Nursing home lawyers are here to support you and deal with Maryland nursing home neglect in areas such as:

You have the right to stand up for your loved one to ensure that he or she receives treatment that is in accordance with the law.

Maryland Nursing Home Neglect Lawyers Serving Victims of Bed Sores, Pressure Sores & Decubitus Ulcers

A bedsore can be developed or exacerbated when the patient is immobile and unable to reposition their body on their own. The immobility causes pressure on body parts to restrict blood flow causing damage to the skin. As a result, many patients in nursing homes require routine turning or readjusting to minimize the amount of pressure on their skin.

The vast majority of bed sores acquired during a nursing home or hospital admission are due to improper care. When it comes to the prosecution of Maryland pressure sore cases Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC is committed to holding facilities accountable. We invite you to contact our Maryland bed sore attorneys for a free review of your case.

A bedsore (decubitus ulcer; pressure sore; pressure ulcer) is usually avoidable if the patient is provided routine movement and quality nutrition. Any developing pressure sore in its initial stage can be reversed within a few days with appropriate treatment. However, if left unattended, it can quickly turn into a serious open wound susceptible to life-threatening infection.

A bedsore begins as damaged skin caused by a lack of oxygenated blood to the area. Typically, bedridden and wheelchair-bound patients in a nursing home sit or lie in one position for an extended time. When the skin continually contacts bedding material or padding, the weight of the body applies pressure and cuts off blood flow. Within two hours, the skin can begin to die or become permanently damaged. However, with routine turning or readjusting the body, blood flow is allowed back into the area to alleviate the problem.

Nursing home staff is required to follow routine “turning” protocols proven to prevent bedsores. The prevention steps are simple and require the nurse or nursing aide to:

  • Change the patient’s position frequently (ideally less than once every two hours)

  • Provide the patient proper nutrition and hydration

  • Ensure that the patient is sitting on soft padding or lying on a pressure relieving mattress to reduce pressure on the body at every affected area

  • Never restrain the patient unless medically necessary while under vigilant supervision

  • If exercise is possible, encourage the patient to perform range of motion movements

  • Ensure that the patient remains dry and clean where the skin is protected from accumulated moisture or urine and feces caused by incontinence

Making sure the patient has adequate healthy food is crucial. Cleaning the pressure ulcer through debridement or other protocol is essential to stop its progression and ensure it does not cause permanent damage.

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Progressing Bedsores During a Stay at a Maryland Medical Facility

Maryland Nursing Home NeglectNearly every type of Stage I & II bedsores can be healed nearly completely, with only minimal damage to the skin. The fluid filled blisters and red spots symptomatic of Stage I bedsores can diminish after just a few days. The small crater that forms in a Stage II pressure sore can heal with simple debridement, where dead skin and tissue is cut away from the wound.

However, Stage III & IV pressure sores are difficult to resolve. Far less than 50 percent of these bedsores ever heal completely. In many cases, intervention by a highly skilled specialist trained in treating life-threatening pressure sores is required to ensure survival of the patient.

Lawyers Who Can Help You by Filing a Maryland Bed Sore Lawsuit

If you have a bedridden loved one who has developed a pressure ulcer, the nursing facility administration, attending nurse and caregiver need to be alerted immediately. It is essential that caregivers are providing your loved one special foam cushions, pressure relieving pillows or sheepskin materials to minimize the pressure on the sore.

In addition, it is crucial that your loved one is receiving proper nutrition and hydration, while being kept dry and clean at all times, even if they are suffering severe incontinence. Finally, it is essential to hire a Maryland bed sore lawyer to file a claim against the facility and all parties responsible for the negligence.

Our Maryland nursing home negligence attorneys can assist your loved one in healing by sending medical professionals to the nursing facility immediately. If you are looking for an attorney to assist with the investigation or prosecution of a nursing home abuse case involving bed sores or other injury visit the pages below:

  • Baltimore Pressure Sore & Nursing Home Attorneys
  • Frederick Bed Sore & Nursing Home Neglect Attorneys
  • Rockville Nursing Home Abuse & Bed Sore Lawyers
  • Gaithersburg Nursing Home & Pressure Sore Lawyers
  • Bowie Nursing Home Neglect & Pressure Ulcer Attorneys

Fill in the form here to contact a Maryland nursing home abuse attorney to assist you in filing a claim for compensation against a Maryland nursing home or hospital for a pressure sore that developed at their facility. Their legal efforts can provide you adequate money to pay for the specialized medical care and additional recompense for your loved one’s pain and suffering.

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Nursing Home Negligence

STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS

  • 3 years with Discovery Rule. (Md. Code Ann., Cts. & Jud. Proc. §5-101 – Three-year limitation in general)
  • Medical malpractice – 5 years from the date of the act or omission that gave rise to the injury or 3 years from the date the injury was discovered. If claimant is under age eleven at time of injury, the SOL period begins at age eleven. If damage is to reproductive system or by foreign object, then SOL period beings at age sixteen. (Md. Code Ann., Cts. & Jud. Proc. §5-109 – Actions against health care providers)

DAMAGES CAP

  • Personal injury – Limitation on non-economic damages: In a personal injury action arising on or after July 1, 1986, noneconomic damages may not exceed $350,000. In action arising after October 1, 1994, noneconomic damages may not exceed $500,000. Beginning on October 1, 1995, the noneconomic damages limitation increases by $15,000 on October 1 of each year. (§11-108 – Personal injury action – Limitation on noneconomic damages)
  • Medical malpractice – For cases arising between January 1, 2005 and December 31, 2008, noneconomic damages may not exceed $650,000. Beginning January 1, 2009, the limitation on noneconomic damages will increase by $15,000 on January 1 of each year. (§3-2A-09)

Wrongful Death

STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS

  • 3 years. (§3-904 – Action for wrongful death)

DAMAGES CAP

  • Limitation on non-economic damages: In a wrongful death action arising on or after July 1, 1986, noneconomic damages may not exceed $350,000. In action arising after October 1, 1994, noneconomic damages may not exceed $500,000. Beginning on October 1, 1995, the noneconomic damages limitation increases by $15,000 on October 1 of each year. Total Recovery of all beneficiaries in a wrongful death case cannot exceed 150% of the cap regardless of the number of claimants or beneficiaries. (Md. Code Ann., Cts. & Jud. Proc. §11-108 – Personal injury action – Limitation on noneconomic damages)
  • Medical malpractice – For cases arising between January 1, 2005 and December 31, 2008, noneconomic damages may not exceed $650,000. Beginning January 1, 2009, the limitation on noneconomic damages will increase by $15,000 on January 1 of each year. (§3-2A-09)

State Resources

Nursing Home Care State Law Information on Maryland Nursing Home Abuse & Negligence Lawsuits

Our attorneys have compiled data from settlements and jury verdicts across Maryland to give you an idea as to how cases are valued. Learn more about the cases below:

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After I read Jonathan’s Nursing Home Blog, I decided to hire him to look into my wife’s treatment at a local nursing home. Jonathan did a great job explaining the process and the laws that apply to nursing homes. I immediately felt at ease and was glad to have him on my side. Though the lawsuit process was at times frustrating, Jonathan reassured me, particularly at my deposition. I really felt like Jonathan cared about my wife’s best interests, and I think that came across to the lawyers for the nursing home. Eric