Maryland Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers

Maryland has made national news on the ongoing problem with its nursing homes. We researched the online site ProPublica (link below) and found disturbing facts.  Maryland has close to 300 assisted living facilities and nursing homes. Of 228 homes listed 49 had serious deficiencies and fines for those problem homes reached $8.8 million.

From the ProPublica site:  “Fines are listed for the past three years if a home has made partial or full payment (fines under appeal are not included). Information on deficiencies come from a home’s last three inspection cycles, or roughly three years in total. Special focus facilities, or homes flagged for having a history of serious quality issues, are marked with red dot sign”.

Nursing home and elder abuse in Maryland is still sadly a big problem, and because of that elder abuse lawsuits are increasing.  We were able to determine this by data-mining various online resources listed below.

If you suspect an elderly loved one is abused or neglected in any of the 300 Maryland assisted living facilities or nursing homes, contact our nursing home abuse lawyers & attorneys today at National Injury Help toll free at 1-800-214-1010.

Does Medicaid Pay for Nursing Homes in Maryland?

Maryland is one of the states that Medicaid will help pay for assisted living.  The Medicaid Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS) program in Maryland is the primary source of nursing home funding for low-income seniors in the state.  All senior individuals in Maryland can apply for Medicaid to help pay for assisted living facilities.  In 2018 the average monthly cost of a semi-private or private room in a Maryland nursing home averages from $7,908 to $8,882 per month.

How to Report Elder Abuse in Maryland.

In doing research for this Maryland elder abuse page we checked with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.  Here is their mission statement:

“Maryland’s health care delivery system consists of public and private hospitals, nursing homes, outpatient clinics, home health care services, hospices, providers, and health educators, among others. As a public health department, our goal is to improve the health status of every Maryland resident and to ensure access to quality health care.

We are responsible for helping each person live a life free from the threat of communicable diseases, tainted foods, and dangerous products. To assist in our mission, we regulate health care providers, facilities, and organizations, and manage direct services to patients, where appropriate”.  To report any elder abuse in Maryland use this web page: https://health.maryland.gov/ohcq/Pages/Abuse-Resources.aspx

Having this state level resource for reporting nursing home abuse is important and illustrates how anyone can report any type of abuse a family member may be encountering.

If you suspect elderly abuse you can reach and report the facility at the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene by calling (410) 767-6500 or 1-877-463-3464.  Your second call should be to the nursing home abuse lawyers at National Injury Help 1-800-214-1010; we will take next step and hold the nursing home accountable for its abuse.

Examples and types of nursing home abuse in Maryland.

The majority of neglect and abuse elders face in nursing homes or assisted living facilities in Maryland may include: Being abandoned, abused in any form, general neglect, being exploited, being isolated from others, and sexual abuse including rape, sodomy or any other sexual crimes.

Maryland Nursing Home Neglect

Nursing home neglect basically deals with situations where the staff at a nursing home does not provide the level of oversight that residents deserve. Other forms of nursing home neglect include:

  • Failure to turn immobile residents, leading to bedsores
  • Failure to provide residents with proper medication
  • Failure to provide residents with the proper level of nutrition
  • Failure to recognize developing health problems
  • Failure to supervise residents who are then injured in slip and fall accidents

There are many other situations that can arise, but the basic premise behind nursing home neglect is that the Maryland facility did not meet a reasonable standard of care. These problems generally do not involve intent by any of the staff members but instead relate to situations where they are simply not paying enough attention to those who need it.

Taking Action on Nursing Home Elder Abuse.

A U.S. Senate hearing on nursing home abuse was held last month and seeks to identify and protect senior citizens across America facing neglect, sexual abuse, physical abuse, and other troubling issues.

Since the hearing last month, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it will be updating their online tools that allows consumers to research and compare nursing homes, the Nursing Home Compare database and its Five-Star Quality Rating System that measures inspections, staffing and overall quality measures. Read more here: https://www.nationalinjuryhelp.com/nursing-home-abuse/us-senate-oversight-nursing-home-abuse/

Who is responsible for nursing home or elder abuse?

Many times, nursing home abuse in Maryland is conduct that is undertaken by individual staff members, and many cases that have been filed, involved situations where a facility’s management team did not have actual knowledge of this mistreatment. That does not necessarily matter in most jurisdictions, as facilities are responsible for the care that their staff members provide for their residents.

How to File a Nursing Home Abuse Lawsuit.

If you notice any type of problem or possible problem with a loved one who is living in a Maryland nursing home, you need to act on that instinct and obtain answers.

This is not a time to simply assume the best. One of the most efficient ways to do this is to seek the help of nursing home abuse lawyers who have been holding those responsible for this type of conduct accountable. Contact National Injury Help by calling us at 1-800-214-1010 or use the secure contact form below today to schedule a free initial consultation.

Maryland Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers | Attorneys for Elder Abuse MD page updated on April 30, 2019

Sources:

https://projects.propublica.org/nursing-homes/state/MD

https://health.maryland.gov/ohcq/Pages/home.aspx

https://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/politics/blog/bs-md-nursing-homes-20171011-story.html