When people reach an older age, they sometimes need extra assistance that their loved ones cannot provide them with. In these situations, they may need to become the resident of a nursing home in order to receive the care they need. Individuals living in these establishments expect they will live a safe and healthy life. While this is usually the case, there are some nursing homes that are negligent in taking care of patients and cause them to suffer serious harm. It is because of this that it is important for loved ones to pay attention and be aware of any signs. If they do, it is best to retain the services of an experienced Maryland personal injury attorney.
What are Signs of Negligence or Abuse?
There are many different types of abuse or neglect that can be seen in a nursing home. That is why loved ones of a person in a home have to look out for a variety of signs, such as malnourishment, cuts, bruises, broken bones, infections, and more. It is also crucial to keep in mind that abuse or neglect is not always physical. It is possible for a nursing home resident to be subject to verbal abuse, harassment, sexual abuse, stolen possessions, etc.
How Can I Report Nursing Home Abuse?
When a person is suffering from abuse or neglect in a nursing home, there are ways to seek justice. The Older Adults Protective Services Act was amended in 1997 to require administrators and employees of nursing homes to file reports if they suspect abuse or neglect is taking place. These reports can be made to the local Area Agency on Aging and licensed agencies. In the event of sexual abuse, serious physical injuries, or a suspicious death in a nursing home, reports can be made to the Department of Aging as well as local law enforcement. If you have a loved one in a nursing home that you suspect is suffering from these acts, it is best to retain the services of an experienced attorney who can assist you in gathering evidence to build a case for negligence.
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