When we think of seniors suffering harm in a nursing home, we understandably tend to think of outright abuse and exploitation. And there's no doubt these are serious concerns. However, it's also the case that neglect poses a serious threat to the health and well-being of nursing home residents.
Our nursing home negligence lawyers have seen time and time again that when the staff and administrators of Baltimore-area nursing homes don't exhibit proper care for their residents, innocent people can suffer severe personal injuries.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury as a result of nursing home negligence in or around Baltimore, Maryland, please call Cohen & Dwin, P.A today at 410-653-6000 for a free consultation.
Types of Nursing Home Negligence
Many people don't know that a lot of nursing homes are actually run by large corporations that operate numerous nursing home facilities across the country. That doesn't mean these homes are inherently bad, per se, but it's important to understand that these facilities are run on a strict profit model. These communities aren't charities – they're businesses.
And this means that administrators and staffers – many of whom are hired because they're affordable, not because they're well-trained or experienced – have an incentive to cut corners and slash costs. This can put residents in danger.
Examples of nursing home negligence include:
- Dehydration or malnutrition
- Bed sores
- Medical malpractice
- Residents being left to wander around facilities
This isn't an exhaustive list, of course. But time and time again we have seen these situations arise – in addition to physical abuse and exploitation, of course.
Signs of Abuse and Neglect
The unfortunate reality is that you can do everything right when choosing a nursing home and it won't always be enough. Neglect and abuse can occur even at top-notch facilities.
But you and your loved one aren't helpless. The best thing you can do to catch abuse and neglect early is to visit often. These visits are great for the morale of your family member, but they also help you catch the signs of neglect as soon as possible.
When visiting your family member, look for some of the following warning signs of neglect:
- Noticeable loss of weight
- Any bruises or discolorations
- Personality changes
- Bed sores
- Poor personal hygiene
If you spot any of these signs, it can be an indication that your loved one has suffered from abuse or neglect. You should speak with the facility administrators as soon as possible, report your suspicions to the state and then arrange a consultation with our attorneys.
Cohen & Dwin, P.A. Can Help
If your loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, you have rights. The attorneys at Cohen & Dwin, P.A. have been fighting for the rights of nursing home neglgect victims for nearly 40 years. We know the Maryland laws which apply to these cases, and we can help you hold the nursing home accountable for their negligent actions. Our attorneys will work tirelessly to make sure your loved one receives the support they deserve during this difficult time.
Contact our Baltimore Nursing Home Negligence Lawyers
Please contact Cohen & Dwin, P.A today by calling 410-653-6000 to schedule a free consultation. We serve clients in the Baltimore, Maryland area.