Depression is a very common mental disorder in Maryland nursing homes and long term care facilities. According to the American Psychiatric Association depression is defined as a common and serious mental health condition that negatively impacts how you look, think, feel and act. Depression is common in elderly nursing home patients throughout Maryland. If your loved one is suffering from depression, or any moor or mental health disorder, in a Maryland nursing home you may be able to file a lawsuit on their behalf. Contacting our team of Maryland nursing home injury lawyers handling depression lawsuits is a wise move.
Our Baltimore, MD mental health injury attorneys are experienced at handling depression lawsuits. Connect with them today for a free case review. We serve all of Maryland including Annapolis, Baltimore, Waldorf, La Plata, Rockville, Salisbury, Hagerstown, Bel Air, Elkton, Frederick, Upper Marlboro, Leonardtown & Prince Frederick.
Causes Of Depression Warranting A Lawsuit
Depression impacts millions of Americans for a variety of reasons. Some people naturally suffer from malaise, are melancholy and may have brain chemistry issues that medication can help with. Some people wrestle with a feeling of despair and feel overwhelmed at times. This can be due to traumatic life events such as a divorce, loss of job, death of a loved one, etc. Typically these depression causes do not justify obtaining benefits or financial compensation.
In terms of nursing home depression cases the level of care a resident is given can lead to depression and even thoughts of suicide. Examples can be emotional abuse, sexual abuse (even if by another resident), overmedication, isolation, unnecessary restraint, general negligence, medication errors and medical or nursing home malpractice.
Signs Of Depression In Nursing Home Residents
- Feelings of sadness or having a depressed mood
- Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed
- Loss of appetite — weight loss or gain unrelated to dieting
- Sleep disorders such as insomnia or sleeping too much
- Loss of energy or increased fatigue
- Increase in purposeless physical activity (e.g., hand-wringing or pacing) or slowed movements and speech (actions observable by others)
- Feeling worthless or guilty
- Difficulty thinking, concentrating or making decisions
- Thoughts of death or suicide
If your loved one is showing any of these signs it is important to contact our Bowie, Maryland nursing home depression injury attorneys for a free case review. Again, we offer free case exams and charge no fees if we do not recover for you.
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