Sometimes, elderly loved ones cannot safely live by themselves. One option a family may consider is a nursing home. These facilities are designed to provide seniors with a safe environment where they can enjoy activities, socialization, and on-site medical and mental health care. Choosing a nursing home can be difficult, and even a facility with a nice brochure and a good first impression can leave an elderly Maryland resident at risk to suffer a nursing home injury.
A study conducted in another state revealed that such injuries are more common than people might assume. The study revealed that nursing homes often do not report injuries to the proper supervising agency, and some of these injuries are caused by neglect, or worse, intentional carelessness on the part of staff members. An elderly resident can suffer serious injury or death as the result of such behavior.
Common nursing home injuries revealed by the study include bed sores, which can become infected, falls that can break bones, pneumonia, and even injuries caused by other residents. The investigation revealed that some nursing homes try to hide these incidents from oversight agencies as well as from concerned families and loved ones. If a nursing home resident has suffered because of abuse or neglect by staff at the facility, loved ones may want to take legal action.
In these situations, a civil case may be a good option. A Maryland resident seeking justice on behalf of an elderly person who has suffered a nursing home injury may want to find an attorney who has experience handling medical malpractice claims. An attorney can help a client hold the party accountable that caused or allowed injury or death while also assisting with seeking any applicable compensation.