Nursing Home Negligence Attorney Serving All of Maryland
According to the National Center for Elder Abuse (NCEA), the 2010 Census recorded that over 13% of the population in the U.S. is over 65 years of age. Over the next few decades, seniors will comprise 20% of the total population. Unfortunately, elder abuse is a serious problem in this country. In a 2010 study published in Nursing Management, 50% of nursing home staff admitted to mistreating older patients. If you believe that a loved one has been victimized as a result of nursing home neglect or abuse, an attorney experienced in protecting the rights of our seniors can help. The experienced nursing home negligence attorney at the Ruben Law Firm has decades of experience proudly representing clients across Anne Arundel County, Maryland who have suffered abuse or neglect in nursing care facilities. Contact the Ruben Law Firm today to learn how we can assist you.
Abuse & Neglect in Nursing Homes
Signs of elder abuse may be missed by caring family members or even professionals working with older Americans because of lack of training on detecting abuse. There are many forms of abuse and injury that may occur due to nursing home neglect. A facility that is negligent in hiring personnel may hire someone who has a track record of elder abuse or similar misconduct, and this may lead to abuse at the individual’s current position. An understaffed facility may result in poor medical care and also problems with nutrition and hygiene. Following are some types of nursing home abuse:
- Physical abuse
- Bed Sores
- Medical Malpractice
- Poor hygiene
- Sexual Abuse
- Emotional Abuse
Fulfilling the Burden of Proof in Cases of Neglect
When the loved ones of nursing home residents believe neglect may be taking place, the first step is not automatically to jump into litigation. Anyone who brings a lawsuit for abuse or neglect will need to prove that these actions are actually occurring, which can be very difficult. If unsanitary or alarming conditions and behavior are visibly present in a nursing home, it is important to try and take videos or pictures of any signs or actions that point to neglect. You should be sure to present this information to the management at the care facility. If the management or staff denies or fails to remedy the matter, it may be time to contact an attorney. Of course, if the situation is very serious, call the police to report abuse. An experienced nursing home neglect attorney has the skill to help fulfill the burden of proof.
Contact a Nursing Home Negligence Attorney
If your loved one has been neglected or abused in a nursing home facility, they may be facing serious injury or even death. Residents of nursing homes are often frail and ill. If they do not receive the proper care, a resident with fragile health can quickly take a turn for the worst. Our firm has nearly 30 years of experience assisting clients with matters of nursing home neglect. the Ruben Law Firm has what it takes to represent you or a loved one effectively during this difficult time. Contact the Ruben Law Firm today to schedule a consultation.