Last month, the Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported that many cases of nursing home abuse or neglect have been unreported to enforcement agencies. Out of the five states where nursing home inspectors investigated and substantiated cases of abuse, 97% were left unreported to local law enforcement, even though it is required by law (NPR). Nursing home abuse and neglect remains a widespread problem in the United States, but the personal injury lawyers at Cardaro and Peek are fighting for the rights of elderly residents throughout Maryland. Learn more about nursing home abuse and neglect, and discover how you can take action against a nursing facility.
Nursing Home Liability
Lawsuits against nursing homes are, unfortunately, very common. Claimants worried about the hassle of going to trial should know that nursing home lawsuits are frequently settled out of court. Nursing homes are not liable for every accident or injury to one of their residents. If you want to sue a nursing home for abuse or neglect, it’s important to show that the facility or its staff caused harm.
Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing home abuse refers to deliberate, wrongful actions committed against a patient resulting in injury (physical or mental). Nursing home residents are particularly vulnerable to various forms of abuse, whether by the facility or nurse. While abusive conduct is typically carried out by a staff member, the abuser can also be another resident at the facility. The three most basic types of nursing home abuse are physical abuse, mental abuse, and sexual abuse.
Nursing Home Neglect
Nursing home neglect refers to a facility’s failure to take proper care of an elderly patient. Nursing homes and staff members are obligated to monitor and care for their residents, and some patients even require special assistance. Failing to care for a patient could be considered abuse, especially when the patient suffers as a result. Common types of nursing home abuse include malnutrition and bedsores.
Contact The Law Offices of Cardaro & Peek, LLC Today
Do you believe that your loved one is a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect in Maryland? The lawyers at Cardaro & Peek can help.
The lawyers at Cardaro & Peek, LLC have the experience and resources necessary to investigate and litigate all types of medical claims throughout Maryland and Washington D.C. Cardaro & Peek, LLC has medical personnel on staff and has access to nationally recognized, board-certified physicians and other experts, to assist in the investigation, analysis, and prosecution of all types of medical malpractice claims. If you or a loved one have experienced malpractice, give us a call at 410-752-6166. Please visit our website www.cardarolaw.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn for more information.