Nursing Home Negligence & Elder Abuse Lawyers

Portner & Shure Law Firm Serving Maryland, Virginia & Washington D.C.

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nursing home neglect and abuse personal injury lawyers maryland, virginia, washington d.c.When you and your elderly loved one make the difficult decision to seek out a nursing home for your loved one's golden years, you have a right to expect that your family member will be cared for. This is the obligation that all nursing homes accept.

At Portner & Shure, P.A. Attorneys at Law, our nursing home abuse lawyers know that the reality of a nursing home community is not always as it should be. Too many nursing homes—many owned by huge national corporations—cut corners with safety, staff, and nutrition.

These actions can result in serious personal injuries to innocent residents. If your loved one has suffered abuse or neglect in a nursing home, rest assured, you are not alone. Our experienced lawyers can help.

If you need a nursing home abuse lawyer you can trust in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C., please call Portner & Shure, P.A., Attorneys at Law today at 410-995-1515 or 301-854-9000 for assistance in Maryland, 703-734-8790 for service in Virginia, 804-916-1577 in Richmond, and 202-554-1449 in Washington D.C. for a free initial consultation.

Examples of Nursing Home Abuse

When we think of nursing home abuse, we tend to think of active physical harm. And there's no doubt this is a serious problem in many nursing home communities. However, our nursing home abuse lawyers understand that the scope of this abuse is much broader.

Nursing home abuse encompasses neglect as well as physical abuse. And our lawyers are capable of helping those who've suffered either.

Examples of nursing home abuse include:

  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Financial exploitation
  • Dehydration
  • Malnutrition
  • Medical malpractice
  • Bed sores—a very specific physical sign of negligence

This isn't an exhaustive list. But it does provide a very clear sense of just how dangerous a nursing home can be if the administrators don't sufficiently invest in staffing and infrastructure.

Because of this, victims need experienced attorneys who are able to fight for their rights against the negligent nursing home. The committed and knowledgeable lawyers at Portner & Shure are here to zealously fight for the compensation you deserve when you or someone you love has been the victim of nursing home abuse and neglect.

How to Prevent Nursing Home Abuse

Our firm can help if your loved one suffered abuse or neglect. But we understand that it's far preferable for you to avoid such an unfortunate situation in the first place.

Of course, abuse and neglect are never your fault and it's never the victim's fault. Still, there are a couple steps you can take to prevent nursing home abuse or, at least, catch it early and end it as soon as possible.

The first is to extensively research your nursing home options before making any decisions. You want to ensure the nursing home you choose has a track record of caring for residents. Fortunately, this is easier than ever, thanks to helpful resources on the Internet.

We recommend two online tools:

  • Nursing Home Compare: This is a Medicare tool that allows you to download the full text of a nursing home's most recent inspection report.
  • Nursing Home Inspect: This site is put together by the investigative news agency Pro Publica. You can use it to view trends and incidents at specific nursing homes.

The second step you can take is to regularly visit your loved one; get to know their surroundings, become familiar with their friends or roommates, and talk to staffers and administrators.

When visiting your loved one, be on the lookout for any signs of physical trauma or personality changes. And keep an eye out for any unusual purchases or other spending. These could be signs of abuse or exploitation.

Contact Our Experienced Attorneys Today

At Portner & Shure, our personal injury attorneys have over 20 years of experience handling all types of claims involving negligence, including nursing home negligence and elder abuse. We believe that you should have peace of mind when your loved one is in a nursing home and we will fight for you and your family member if they are mistreated in any way.

If you need a nursing home abuse lawyer you can trust in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C., please call Portner & Shure, P.A., Attorneys at Law today at 410-995-1515 or 301-854-9000 for assistance in Maryland, 703-734-8790 for service in Virginia, 804-916-1577 in Richmond, and 202-554-1449 in Washington D.C. for a free initial consultation.