Nursing Home Settlements and Verdicts

nursinghome5The graph in Metro Verdicts Monthly this month is on nursing home verdicts and settlements in Virginia and Maryland over the last 25 years.

The median nursing home verdict/settlement in Virginia was $287,500. In Maryland, the median verdict was $150,000. Virginia seems about right. I think the Maryland data is wrong. Again, I have no idea how Metro Verdict Monthly compiles this data.

Jury Verdict Research did a study that found that nursing home plaintiffs get a median award of $329,000. Defense lawyers are not eager to try these cases for a reason: plaintiffs win at trial a stunning 63 percent of nursing home jury trials. So, statistically speaking, you are more likely to win at trial a nursing home case than a rear end accident case. Crazy, right? Why more lawyers are not pushing for nursing home cases is beyond me. They are not as lucrative as they once were but they are still good cases that also, not for nothing, really help protect nursing home patients.

Nursing Home Claims in Maryland

We are an optimistic people in Maryland.  We have the highest per capita income in the country.   Few Marylanders expect that they will one day be placed in a nursing home and be dependent upon these strangers for their most basic needs.  I can’t imagine it myself as I type this.   Yet the harsh realities are that we are all dying and we are all at risk for losing our physical powers that make us who we are. Sometimes,  a long-term nursing home care is the only solution that makes any sense.

Nursing home lawsuits are frequent in Maryland.  It was not always that way.  Plaintiffs’ lawyers once expected juries to roll their eyes at nursing home claims, particularly wrongful death claims for victims of advanced age.  While not quite enough, times have changed.  Juries do not look at nursing homes with the loving eyes they look upon esteemed doctors.  Maryland jurors, even in conservative jurisdictions, are showing an increasing intolerance toward nursing homes that do not take care of their residents.

Nursing homes have a duty to exercise reasonable care to avoid injuries and death to its residents.  This does not mean that the facility is an insurer of all harm to its residents.   But a nursing home really does have to try its best to protect its patients.  Residents have the right to expect a nursing home that complies with our state and federal regulations, and that it will provide the resident with an environment which is safe, sanitary, and hopefully, kind and gentle.  Far too often, these nursing homes completely miss the mark and the consequences can be painful and sometimes downright cruel.

Getting a Nursing Home Attorney in Maryland

If you or someone you love was harmed by a nursing home, bringing a claim is about accountability and responsibility.  Our system of civil justice calls for money damages when these nursing homes’ negligence cause harm.  But a nursing home claim actually does more than that.  These nursing homes’ are restrained in large measure by lawsuits.  If you took away the fear of litigation, I would hate to see the systems in place to protect residents from harm.

If you need a lawyer because of the harm caused by a nursing home, call Miller & Zois at 410-779-4600 or get a free on-line consultation to learn about your options and what can be done for you.

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