Nursing Home Negligence

Answers That may Help You Protect Your Elderly Loved one From Harm

If you have a senior relative in a nursing home, you want peace of mind that they are being given the best care possible. At the Hanover, MD law firm of Hartel, DeSantis & Howie, LLP, we are here to help you when nursing home administrators and staff fail in their obligation to provide that.

Here, our nursing home negligence attorneys answer questions that we commonly receive from concerned clients. We are also available to discuss your particular situation and encourage you to schedule a free consultation to learn more about your legal options.

Contact our Hanover lawyers to learn more about your nursing home negligence legal options

To schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced nursing home negligence attorneys at Hartel, DeSantis & Howie, LLP, please contact us online or call us at (443) 749-5111. We serve clients throughout the region. Our phones are answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


Q. What do I do if I feel my relative is not being adequately taken care of?
A. Bring it up with the nursing home administrator. Make sure that they understand that you are not happy – and why. Let them know that you are documenting problems and irregularities and that you are prepared to report them.

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Q. Why doesn’t the nursing home want me to visit outside of specific hours?
A. When a facility is overly restrictive in the times you are “allowed” to visit, that is a red flag. Ask them why they have that policy. Most of all, follow your own instincts. If you think something is not right, follow up with the administration.

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Q. What is the difference between nursing home neglect and nursing home abuse?
A. Neglect is frequently a lack of adequate care, while abuse is usually a deliberate act. An elderly patient has been neglected if the nurse has failed to turn him or her every few hours to avoid bed sores. An act of abuse may mean that the patient has been hit or yelled at. Abuse can be physical, emotional or even financial. If there are clear signs of injury by neglect or abuse, report it to the authorities and get immediate legal assistance.

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Q. What should I do if I feel my mother’s health is in serious jeopardy?
A. Contact the Maryland Department of Human Resource – Office of Adult Services. Give them information that includes the patient’s name and age and the name and address of the nursing home. Let them know what has happened and why you suspect that abuse or neglect is involved.

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Q. How can an attorney help me?
A. As nursing home negligence lawyers, we help get justice for elderly patients who have suffered an injury as the result of neglect or abuse by getting them compensation. While no amount of money can truly make up for the damage done, it often covers medical and other expenses. It also puts nursing home operators on notice that they are being watched and that they are responsible for providing high-quality care for their patients.

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