Types of Elder Abuse in Maryland

Elder Abuse Takes Many Forms

Neglect and abuse. We hear the terms so often in the media that it’s easy to ignore what they really mean, effectively tuning out the bad news. But these things really happen — right here in Maryland — and senior citizens are particularly vulnerable.

It’s estimated that four million older adults are victims of physical, psychological, emotional, sexual, and financial mistreatment each year. While that seems like an overwhelming statistic, the unfortunate truth is that the actual number is likely much higher due to the number of cases that aren’t reported. There are currently over 1.3 million residents in certified nursing facilities across the country, and that number is likely to increase as our population continues to age. By 2050, people age 65 and older are expected to comprise one-fifth of the total U.S. population.

Those figures represent a lot of people who could be at risk of being mistreated. Being aware of the problem is the first step toward reducing the number of elderly people who are victimized each year. And advocating for them is important – research has shown that elders who experience abuse have a 300 percent higher risk of death when compared to those who have not been abused.

Towson Elder Abuse Attorney Roger WeinbergThe Baltimore nursing home negligence lawyers at the Law Offices of Roger S. Weinberg, LLC, believe the elderly should be respected, not live in fear. If you think someone you love has been abused, mistreated, or neglected, we can help. We are very familiar with the laws that govern elder abuse in Maryland, and we have successfully handled countless cases of this nature. We will work aggressively to ensure that the damages are recovered and justice is served.

As pioneers in representing nursing home, assisted living and developmental disability victims, we offer a free consultation to evaluate your case.

What is Elderly Abuse?

Elderly abuse is a comprehensive term that may be used to cover many different types of mistreatment. Be on the lookout for indications that abuse is happening to your loved one. Types of elder abuse include:

  • Medical Neglect — failure by a medical professional to attend to or treat the patient’s health problems.
  • Medical Malpractice – a type of negligence, malpractice claims can be brought against a medical professional for not providing standard and safe treatment, such as medication mismanagement, which results in the patient being injured or dying.
  • Nutritional Neglect – dietary deficiencies.
  • Wandering Off/Elopement – unsupervised wandering endangers residents who may find themselves in risky situations away from the facility.
  • Unsafe or Deficient Facilities – hazardous living conditions such as lack of heat or water; unsanitary conditions such as fleas, lice or soiled bedding.

Residents Have Rights in Maryland

Senior citizens in nursing homes or assisted living facilities have rights that are detailed in both Maryland law and federal law. New patients should receive a copy of the “Residents’ Bill of Rights” when they are admitted. The list of rights should also be posted in the building. These rights include the right to be treated with consideration, respect, and dignity and the right to be free from physical, verbal, sexual, and mental abuse.

If you have reason to believe a family member has not been afforded these rights, please ask questions and consider filing an official complaint. The nursing home should have a Resident Council that meets regularly to discuss concerns and pass their recommendations on to supervisory staff. Let them know about any questions you have. All 24 counties in the state of Maryland have a Long Term Care Ombudsman.

Call the main office at 800-243-3425 to get in contact with your local representative. The ombudsman can meet with nursing care staff and report to the Office of Health Care Quality.

Our Maryland Lawyers Can Help

ContactOurFirmYour next call should be to the Central MD nursing home negligence attorneys at the Law Offices of Roger S. Weinberg, LLC, at 1-866-529-5839. We pride ourselves on being legal advocates for families and patients throughout Maryland. Our attorneys can assist with the reporting process and help you seek compensation from any party who may be responsible for elder abuse or neglect. A free consultation with one of our attorneys could be the key to finding peace of mind about your loved one’s living situation. We’ll handle the details while you take care of your family. Give us a call or fill out this form.

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