You never expect your loved one to suffer abuse, especially when you entrust them to a nursing home. Unfortunately, mistreatment in these facilities is more widespread than we think. Understaffing, overcrowding, and underfunding can lead to nursing home residents suffering serious physical injuries–including pressure wounds, fractures, and even death.
At Jenner Law, we understand the pain, frustration, and anger that come with discovering your loved one has suffered abuse by a nursing home. A Baltimore personal injury lawyer from our team can advocate for your loved one’s rights, and fight for justice and accountability. Together, we can hold them accountable, help to put an end to this injustice, and seek the financial recovery your family needs. Call now to start your complimentary legal consultation.
You Pay Nothing Up Front for Our Help With a Baltimore Nursing Home Case
Jenner Law’s nursing home abuse lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. Here, you pay no fees or costs up front or out of pocket for our help. We don’t charge hourly rates or request retainers. A portion of your trial or settlement compensation pays for our help. This way, you don’t have to dip into your savings or otherwise worry about affording a personal injury attorney.
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How Our Baltimore Personal Injury Team Advocates for Your Loved One
It doesn’t matter if your loved one suffered abuse at the hands of a caregiver or neglect from a facility’s strained resources. Nursing home residents have legal rights under the Nursing Home Bill of Rights. This legislature grants older adults a basic measure of safety while residing in a nursing home or another care facility. When this doesn’t happen, we hold nursing home operators and their staff accountable.
When our legal team takes on your nursing home abuse case, we:
- Investigate your suspicions. This may involve visiting the care facility, taking pictures of your loved one’s living conditions, and interviewing other residents. We may even investigate the nursing home’s background for similar abuse and neglect allegations.
- Identify the at-fault and liable parties. These are two separate concepts. The at-fault party caused your loved one’s injuries. The at-fault party could be any nursing home staff member, such as a caregiver, facility, or third-party vendor. The liable party pays your losses, and it’s usually an insurance company.
- Itemize your loved one’s losses. To have a case for monetary compensation, we must prove your loved one suffered damages from abuse or neglect (or both). As we’ll explain later, these damages can include medical care costs and pain and suffering.
- Initiate your personal injury claim. Once we notify the nursing home’s administration of your case, it may offer an out-of-court settlement. For many, this is an ideal outcome because then a lawsuit wouldn’t be necessary. However, our trial-ready lawyers have no problem suing if that means securing financial justice.
- Suing the at-fault party. At trial, you don’t have to worry about cross-examining witnesses, objecting to unfair questions, and handling red tape; that’s our job as nursing home attorneys. We handle everything litigation entails, all while putting your loved one’s best interests first.
If your loved one suffered an injury in a nursing home or assisted living facility, you don’t have to take this injustice sitting down. By arming yourself with legal representation, you get someone to hold the at-fault party accountable. Call us today to explore your legal options during a free initial consultation.
We Seek Full Financial Compensation in Baltimore Nursing Home Abuse Cases
We’re aware that compensation can’t undo your loved one’s trauma. They may have suffered emotional abuse, psychological abuse, or verbal abuse and need time to heal. In addition, you may have suffered the emotional anguish of the wrongful death of your loved ones at the hands of the nursing home.
While we can never bring a loved one back or make up for what they suffered, in our years of service, we’ve found that nursing home abuse claimants get a sense of closure and justice through financial recovery. With our Baltimore injury attorneys’ help, you could secure compensation for:
- Medical treatment costs. Your loved one may have suffered serious injuries that required intensive medical care. We can use their medical records and testimony from their doctors to assign a fair value to their past, present, and future healthcare costs.
- Non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering. Some injury-related hardships don’t come with supporting documentation. Yet, they’re still an integral part of your injury case. They include pain and suffering, scarring, and disfigurement.
What Are the Signs of Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect?
Trust your gut. Even if you have an inkling that something’s amiss with your loved one’s living conditions, or you have doubts that they’re receiving adequate care, you’re within your rights to ask questions and get satisfactory answers. It’s also important to note that you are your loved one’s eyes and ears – especially if they have a cognitive condition like dementia.
You should always be vigilant for signs of abuse, such as:
- External injuries, like scratches or bruises or unexplained marks on the body
- Bed sores (also called pressure wounds or pressure ulcers)
- Disconcerting statements about caregivers and other residents (even if only in passing)
- Signs of depression, anxiety, mental anguish, or other mental health disorders
- Signs of poor hygiene or self-neglect
- Unwashed linens, dirty clothes, and unsanitary conditions (nursing home neglect)
- Rapid deterioration of your loved one’s physical or emotional state
- “Lost” personal possessions, especially those with significant financial value (like jewelry)
- Signs of financial abuse, such as unexplained purchases from a checking or savings account or missing credit cards or checkbooks
You may also notice some “red flags” when voicing your concerns to the nursing home’s administration. For instance, your complaints may go unanswered–or you may feel brushed off when voicing a concern. As noted, your loved one has a right to basic safety when residing in a nursing home under state and federal law.
When you retain a Baltimore nursing home abuse lawyer from Jenner Law, we investigate the details of your loved one’s treatment and advocate for their basic human rights.
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Call Today: Our Attorneys Can Lead Your Baltimore Nursing Home Abuse Case
Nursing home abuse cases are delicate matters. Yet, throughout our partnership, you can rest assured that Jenner Law will prioritize your loved one’s needs. During your free case review, we don’t just want to learn about your legal matters; we want to learn about your loved one’s life and accomplishments.
We take personal injury cases personally and help clients hold nursing homes accountable. Call Jenner Law to begin. Today, we can start advocating for your loved one’s rights.