September 28th, 2016 by Attorney Roger Weinberg
HCR Manorcare is one of the nation’s largest operators of nursing homes. Bigger doesn’t necessarily mean better. If a loved one is being cared for by Manorcare and has suffered injuries due to neglect or abuse, we may be able to help.
The company provides short-term, post-hospital services and long-term care. Nationwide it operates more than 500 skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers, memory care communities, assisted living facilities, outpatient rehabilitation clinics, hospice and home health care agencies, according to its website. It employs more than 50,000 people.
Manorcare’s website lists these locations in Maryland:
- Heartland Hospice, Beltsville
- ManorCare Health Services-Largo
- Arden Courts of Silver Spring
- ManorCare Health Services – Silver Spring
- ManorCare Health Services – Adelphi
- ManorCare Health Services-Woodbridge Valley, Catonsville
- Heartland Hospice, Baltimore
- ManorCare Health Services – Hyattsville
- ManorCare Health Services-Roland Park, Baltimore
- ManorCare Health Services-Wheaton
- ManorCare Health Services-Rossville, Baltimore
- ManorCare Health Services-Chevy Chase
- Arden Courts of Kensington
- Springhouse of Pikesville
- Arden Courts of Pikesville
- ManorCare Health Services-Towson
- ManorCare Health Services-Ruxton, Towson
- Arden Courts of Towson
- ManorCare Health Services-Dulaney, Towson
- ManorCare Health Services-Bethesda
- Arden Courts of Potomac
- ManorCare Health Services-Potomac.
Common claims against Manorcare include injuries related to the following:
- Pressure ulcers (decubitus ulcers or bedsores)
- Falls resulting in fractures or death
- Serious infections and sepsis
- Failure to render nursing services
- Failure to obtain prompt emergency services
- Physical abuse by staff or other residents with known violent tendencies.
A recent case where we represented the family of a resident who died due to negligence of Manorcare involved their Woodbridge Valley location near Catonsville. A woman’s tracheostomy tube became plugged and the staff failed to properly intervene and help the resident. As a result, she died due a brain injury caused by a lack of oxygen. The case settled for a confidential amount.
Manorcare made the headlines in 2011 after a facility in West Virginia owned by Manorcare was hit with $91.5 million dollar jury verdict, according to Bloomberg. Tom Douglas was the plaintiff. His mother, Dorothy Douglas, suffered from dementia and Parkinson’s disease but was otherwise in fairly good health when she was admitted to the facility. After 19 days in the nursing home, she was dehydrated, malnourished, bed-ridden and barely responsive.
Mrs. Douglas fell numerous times and suffered head trauma, bruises and sores in her mouth and throat that required the scraping away of dead tissue and debris while under Manorcare’s care. She was transferred to another nursing facility, then to a hospital and finally to a hospice care facility where she passed away 18 days after leaving the nursing home.
The lawsuit alleged that Manorcare was understaffed and that its management was aware of the problems. The company was partially successful in appealing the decision, reducing the damages to about $42 million, reports the West Virginia Record.
If you believe that a loved one has been seriously injured or killed due to the neglect or negligence of HCR Manorcare staff, we can help you address the situation and hold those responsible accountable for their actions. At the Law Offices of Roger S. Weinberg, you’ll find compassionate support and experienced advocates to help your family through the tough times. Call 410-825-3161 today to schedule a free consultation.