Our Maryland Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Can Help End Elderly Neglect and Mistreatment

Some older adults need care that they cannot provide themselves or cannot receive in their homes so that a nursing home may be the only option for a family. Most nursing homes in Maryland keep their residents safe and provide excellent care, but that isn’t the case for all homes and some residents are abused or neglected. The National Center on Elder Abuse estimates that 10 percent of nursing home residents are victims of physical, verbal or sexual abuse or neglect.

Nursing Home Residents’ Rights in Maryland

Under Maryland’s Health General Article statute Section 19-343, residents of nursing homes have the following rights:

The right to “reasonable accommodations of individual needs and preferences” as long as those preferences don’t endanger other residents.

The right to be free from physical, verbal or sexual abuse, physical or chemical restraints and involuntary seclusion.

The right to voice their grievances.

The right to be informed of changes to their care or treatment and participate in crucial decisions about their care if able.

The right to privacy in their rooms.

Nursing home residents have numerous rights under Maryland law. Before you place your loved one in a nursing home, USAttorneys recommends you learn their rights so that you can shield them from any type of mistreatment.

Causes of Nursing Home Abuse

The majority of research into nursing home abuse focuses on the victims, so it can be difficult to get an accurate picture of an abuser, but some traits and patterns of behavior lead to abuse and neglect.

Some abusers come from an abusive family, so they are prone to mistreat others

A person may be prone to abusing an older adult if they have a history of resolving conflict through violence.

Many abusers have criminal records.

Sometimes nursing home abuse is the result of understaffing. While a family member perpetrates most elder abuse, some abusers are members of nursing home staff, other residents or strangers.

Noticing the Signs of Nursing Home Abuse in Maryland

Unfortunately, too many victims of nursing home abuse are unable to defend themselves and are too afraid or incapable of reporting that they are being abused or neglected. Older adults often suffer from cognitive disorders like dementia, so their complaints are ignored.  Because nursing home residents keep quiet about being abused, their loved ones need to recognize the signs of abuse, neglect or financial exploitation. Below are some of the common signs:

Fear of a specific staff member or resident

Unexplained bruises, broken bones or other injuries

Frequent health care problems

Bed sores

Depression and anxiety

Dwindling savings

Unexplained weight loss

Bloody clothing

Dehydration or malnourishment

Above are some signs of nursing home abuse and neglect. If you detect any of those signs, USAttorneys recommends you speak with a nursing home abuse attorney. You also need to reports your suspicions to the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene via their website or by calling the agency toll-free at 1-877-402-8219.

When you retain a nursing home abuse lawyer in Maryland, you will have someone on your side who will advocate for the well-being of your loved one and ensure they are fairly compensated for their pain and suffering. Call and set up a consultation with one of our outstanding elder abuse lawyers today.