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When you made the decision to put your mom or dad, or grandmother or grandfather, into either a nursing home, an assisted living facility, or a group home, you do so with the expectation that the very best quality of care will be provided to them. You thought they would be given proper food and medicine, the facility would provide a safe and clean environment, and that the professionals and staff would make professionalism and constant care their number one goal. As the nursing home negligence lawyers at our firm know all too well, that isn’t what happened.
You got the phone call late at night that your loved one had been injured or worse, had died suddenly and unexpectedly. You never thought this would happen. You put the health and welfare of a loved one in the hands of another, someone you trusted, and that trust was violated.
The Maryland nursing home, assisted living facility, or group home has failed to live up to the standard of care you expected. Your loved one has suffered from abuse, neglect or medical negligence and was hurt, or worse, killed.
You are angry and confused at the home or faculty that you entrusted your loved one with. You are also blaming yourself for making the wrong decision. Don’t blame yourself! Contact the Law Office of Thomas E. Pyles, P.A. and hire a skilled Waldorf nursing home negligence lawyer. Our main office locations are in Waldorf, Laurel and Leornardtown.
There are three fundamental types of nursing home cases:
The federal government has defined nursing home abuse as “the willful infliction of injury, unreasonable confinement, intimidation, or punishment with resulting physical harm, pain or mental anguish” (42CFR §488-301).
Neglect differs from abuse in that abuse is a proactive, direct action intended to cause harm to a patient. Neglect, on the other hand, is the result of inaction or indifference.
Abuse happens not only at the hands of staff who intentionally harm a resident, but also because of the negligence of a facility that does not keep its resident’s safe and allows one of its residents to abuse others.
The most common form neglect in nursing homes is the failure to periodically turn a nursing home resident who is unable to turn over themselves. When that happens, the person may develop bed sores, also known as pressure sores. Bed sores are lesions caused by unrelieved pressure of soft tissues overlying a boney prominence. The pressure can partially or completely obstruct the blood flow to the soft tissue which results in the death of the soft tissue.
Neglecting a resident’s physical and emotional needs can lead to a quick downward spiral. A fall that shouldn’t happen can lead to serious injuries or death. Bed sores can develop life-threatening infections. A resident who is not getting proper nutrition may rapidly lose weight, weaken and be susceptible to infections.
Medical malpractice can occur when healthcare providers and physicians render substandard medical care. This is due, in large part, because there are few doctors and nurses in a particular nursing home to provide proper care. There are also times when doctors and nurses are required to watch over nursing home residents and simply fail to give the quality of care to the residents.
Nursing homes in Maryland are monitored by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and group homes are governed by the code of Maryland Regulations, which have strict regulations that all licensed nursing homes in the state must abide by. One of the requirements of the code is that Maryland nursing homes are to have set policies and procedures in place that will prevent abuse and neglect of residents. The failure to have these policies in place can serve as the grounds for a lawsuit against the nursing home.
If you believe that a loved one has been injured or killed due to the abuse or negligent of a Maryland nursing home, assisted living facility, or group home, contact the Law Office of Thomas E. Pyles, P.A. and speak to a Waldorf nursing home negligence lawyer who can help you present a personal injury claim for your loved one. Personal injury claims provide indiviuals with the means to hold responsible parties’ accountable for abuse and neglect and may serve to prevent others from suffering the same bad treatment in the future. Call us today at 301-705-5006 to schedule your free consultation.