Nursing homes are supposed to be places where people who need care but don't need to be in a hospital can live out their golden years with dignity. Unfortunately, when nursing homes and their staff members are negligent or abusive, the results can be tragic. If your loved one has been injured due to nursing home abuse or neglect, an experienced personal injury lawyer can help you protect his or her rights.
At Portner & Shure, we handle nursing home cases in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. If English isn't your first language, there's no problem; our support staff includes paralegals fluent in Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese, Korean and Vietnamese. Contact us today for a free initial consultation by calling (410) 995-1515 or (301) 854-9000 (Maryland), (703) 916-1227 (Virginia) or (202) 554-1449 (DC).
Examples of Neglect & Abuse
Our nursing home negligence lawyers pursue justice for families who have had a loved one injured due to:
- Withholding food and water
- Medication errors
- Poor toilet and bathing facilities
- Inadequate grooming
- Physical abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Sexual abuse
Symptoms of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
Tragically, the victims of nursing home abuse are often unable to communicate that they are suffering abuse. As a family member, the signs and symptoms you should be looking for include emotional withdrawal, strange behavior, dementia or sudden confusion, depression, anxiety and agitation. Physical signs include:
- Cuts, abrasions and skin damage
- Broken bones, sprains and dislocations
- Rapid, unexplained weight loss
- Unexplained venereal diseases
- Torn or stained undergarments
What to Do If You Suspect Abuse or Neglect
If you believe your loved one is being neglected or abused, keep your eyes open for signs and speak to an attorney from our firm. We will thoroughly investigate the situation, including staffing levels, staff member backgrounds, history of abuse claims and the medical condition of your loved one. Whether the nursing home is withholding nutrition from your loved one, neglecting his or her needs or actively abusing its members, it needs to be held accountable for its callousness.
Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation to learn more about how we can help you obtain justice for your loved one. Our attorneys are waiting to take your call: (410) 995-1515 or (301) 854-9000 in Maryland, (703) 916-1227 in Virginia or (202) 554-1449 in Washington, D.C..