In many Maryland nursing homes, combined community retirement neighborhoods and MD assisted living facilities expanding their services to accommodate the desires of today’s consumers. These places are more resort like and have nail & hair salons, gyms, ice cream parlors, etc. They also provide regular outings to the movies, restaurants and shopping malls. These attributes have become the norm at many Maryland long term care facilities. With the increase in services provided to residents, comes higher odds of a nursing home resident being injured in an auto accident. This is especially true regarding the transportation of nursing home patients in buses or vans operated by the facility, the industry is seeing a trend of more patients getting injured due to inadequate training of staff members, negligence when driving and improper equipment being used to transport some of the most fragile patients. All of these issues can lead to a nursing home transportation injury. If a loved one has suffered any transportation injuries you need the help of our Maryland nursing home transportation injury lawyers.
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When your loved one is a passenger in a vehicle owned and or operated by the facility they live in it is expected that they will be handled with the utmost care while en route to their destination whether it is a social outing or medical appointment. Defensive driving on the part of the nursing home staff is assumed but due to careless driving, distracted driving, texting while driving, etc. serious auto accidents can happen to nursing home residents. Regardless of the purpose of use nursing homes need to take measures to ensure their patients’ safety. When transporting nursing home patients who may have limited mobility, this usually means assisting and checking to make sure they are adequately secured and seat belts are on.
Drivers of nursing home vans and buses have a duty to get their passengers to their destination in a safe manner. If they fail to meet this most basic safety demonstration their job may be on the line and the nursing home will be liable for any injuries, medical care, pain and suffering brought on by the traffic accident.
In a recent nursing home injury case a man suffered facial bone fractures and closed head injury when the nursing home van stopped for no apparent reason. The cause of this accident was due to the same recurring theme that contributes to more and more Maryland nursing home injuries. This cause being under-staffing and improperly trained staff.
Nursing Home Liability In Maryland Auto Accidents
Auto, bus and passenger van accidents are not traditional nursing home injuries but accident victims can still obtain benefits and financial compensation. The industry as a whole has got to do a better job of pre-screening employees, doing background checks, checking DMV or MVA records and properly training the staff. Thoroughly examining an accident, how it took place and the events leading up to the accident is the first step in moving forward towards recovering from an injury sustained in an automobile accident.
Contact Our Attorneys Handling Nursing Home Transportation Injuries
In some cases involving patient injury or death involving a nursing home vehicle, there may be separate policies of insurance to cover the loss. As lawyers experienced in medical transportation accidents can help navigate the applicable laws and insurance coverage issues. Like all motor vehicle injury cases, it is best to speak with an attorney before talking to an insurance company representative. You can arrange a free case review with our team of Baltimore, Maryland nursing home transportation injury lawyers. We charge no fees unless we win for you.
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