Sadly, statistics show that elder abuse is widespread in nursing homes throughout the U.S. While these facilities advertise experienced staff, wholesome meals, good exercise, and comfortable accommodations, the reality for residents is often very different. Large numbers of nursing home residents are neglected or physically abused by their caregivers, which in some cases, has led to the wrongful deaths of residents. If you believe nursing home abuse or neglect led to the death of your elderly parent, you need an ally who will fight to help you uncover the truth. The Law Offices of Randolph Rice can be that ally.
Randolph Rice is an experienced Baltimore wrongful death attorney who represents the spouses and family members of deceased nursing home residents against nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other long-term care facilities. If you believe that a nursing home or nursing home employee took actions that caused or accelerated the death of your loved one, Randolph Rice can investigate what occurred, gather crucial evidence, and assist you in filing a claim. For a free legal consultation, call the Law Offices of Randolph Rice at (410) 694-7291, or contact us online today.
Nursing Home Abuse Statistics + Risk Factors
Elder abuse is prevalent in the United States. While exact figures are unknown, sources like the National Council on Aging (NCOA) estimate that approximately 10% of adults age 60 or older are victims of abuse, noting that many cases likely go unreported. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that one in six adults have been abused “in community settings during the past year.”
Victims are more likely to be abused if they suffer from serious health problems, like dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. These types of conditions, which affect memory and cognition, can also make someone more likely to be targeted for financial exploitation or sexual abuse in a nursing home. The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) also reports that women, African Americans, and residents who do not have spouses or partners are more likely to be abused.
Can You Sue a Nursing Home for Wrongful Death in Baltimore?
Federal regulations set high standards that Maryland nursing homes are expected to meet. For instance, the Nursing Home Reform Act (NHRA) of 1987 establishes a Bill of Rights outlining the legal rights of nursing home residents. To comply and make sure these rights are upheld, nursing homes must:
- Provide residents with nutritious, wholesome food, including assistance with eating where necessary
- Make sure residents do not become dehydrated
- Help residents walk, bathe, use the bathroom, and complete other basic tasks, if assistance is needed
- Avoid making medication errors, such as overmedicating residents, giving residents the wrong type of medication, or forgetting to give a resident their medications
- Prevent residents from developing bedsores (pressure sores), which occur when caregivers fail to turn or move residents, eventually interfering with circulation and damaging tissue
If a nursing home resident has an accidental fall, develops bedsores, experiences organ failure, or suffers other fatal injuries or complications, it may be due to nursing home negligence and abuse. If a nursing home death was caused by neglect or abuse, you or other members of your family may be able to file a lawsuit against the liable parties, which could include the nursing home, individual staff members, or others. It depends on factors like your relationship to the victim, such as spouse, child, or sibling, and how long ago the death occurred.
How Long Do You Have to File a Nursing Home Lawsuit in Baltimore?
It is important to be aware of the statute of limitations if you are considering suing a nursing home in Baltimore for wrongful death. Put simply, the statute of limitations is the deadline for filing a lawsuit, and can vary depending on the location and the type of case being filed.
The Maryland wrongful death statute of limitations is generally three years, which means you have three years from the date of death to file a claim for nursing home negligence. If you attempt to sue after this time period, your claim will be barred and you will not be able to recover damages. Therefore, it is vital to act swiftly and consult with a Baltimore wrongful death lawyer if you think you might have a case.
Baltimore Nursing Home Wrongful Death Attorney
Nursing homes must be held accountable when unsafe conditions, abusive staff members, or understaffing leads to a resident’s wrongful death. At the Law Offices of Randolph Rice, we are dedicated to exposing nursing home negligence in Maryland. Randolph Rice, Baltimore nursing home accident lawyer, is ready to fight aggressively for your family. You may be entitled to compensation for the losses your loved ones have suffered. For a free legal consultation, contact the Law Offices of Randolph Rice online, or call 24 hours, seven days a week, at (410) 694-7291.