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Individuals and family members who have been injured in Baltimore and Maryland nursing homes, assisted living facilities, group homes and by medical professionals aren’t alone. We’re here to support them. Maryland nursing home abuse attorney Roger Weinberg understands not only the legal issues involved in abuse, neglect and medical malpractice but also the emotions and practical needs of his clients.
This isn’t what you expected and you hoped it would never 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 failed to live up to their word, and your family member has suffered from abuse, neglect or an act of negligence and was injured or killed.
You may be confused and angry, not only at the professional you trusted, but at yourself because you think you made the wrong decision. Don’t blame yourself. Find out who is responsible and make them accountable.
With so many baby boomers now beginning to overwhelm nursing homes, overworked staff may become unsympathetic, and even abusive. Residents aren’t cared for properly, resulting in infections, falls and other injuries due to improper supervision. They may not get their meds as prescribed, or wander off the property, and may even be abused by other residents. And yet, management is often more concerned with profits than properly caring for your loved one.
Evidence of physical, emotional, or sexual abuse may be present. Some clues that your loved one may be suffering from abuse can include one or more of the following:
If you or a family member are the victim of abuse or neglect at a nursing home, assisted living facility or group home, you don’t have to accept what the facility told you, believe their explanation and move on. You can take action.
Neglect, abuse or medical malpractice can lead to the death of a loved one. Roger Weinberg is a nursing home attorney in Maryland who helps families cope with wrongful death cases by advising them of their rights and investigating why the family member died and who is responsible. Legal actions can be filed and pursued to seek compensation for family members and hopefully correct practices at a facility where a death needlessly occurred.
Abuse and neglect come in many forms and can result in a number of injuries:
Nursing home residents who are not mentally competent due to dementia or Alzheimer’s disease or who have difficulty communicating are especially at risk for abuse or neglect. They’re more vulnerable, and a staff member may feel it will be easier to get away with mistreatment if the resident won’t be believed or can’t identify their attacker.
Wrongful death is the legal term applied to an accident where someone dies because of the negligent (or careless) act of another person or entity.
Wrongful death in nursing homes may be due to willful abuse or negligence by anyone on the staff. By failing to do their job correctly, regardless of whether the behavior was willful or accidental, any nursing home worker may cause an elderly person’s death.
If your family member’s rights are being violated and he or she is being harmed as a result, you should contact our Baltimore nursing home abuse lawyer.
A few of the traits you should look for when selecting a nursing home abuse lawyer include:
Most nursing home injury lawyers in Maryland work on a contingency basis, meaning that the plaintiff (you, your family, your elderly relative) pays nothing unless their attorney is successful in winning financial compensation. The attorney will then receive a percentage of the damage award, usually between 30 and 40 percent of that award. If you are not awarded any damages, you will not owe any fee.
Around nine out of ten injury claims are settled out of court after successful negotiations between the injured plaintiff’s attorney and the liability insurance company which covers the nursing home and/or individual medical professional.
Both sides prefer a settlement over a trial; trials are expensive and pose the risk of an unfavorable decision by the jury. The best way for a plaintiff to win compensation is to have a nursing home attorney who presents a very strong case and is able to press that advantage into a fair and full settlement because the defendants fear they’ll lose (and pay even more) at trial.
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