Nursing Home Negligence in Washington D.C. | What to Know

Many people struggle with putting their loved ones in nursing homes, but their worries are often alleviated by ensuring that their family members will be well-cared for. For this reason, it can be especially devastating when nursing home staff act negligently and cause harm to our loved ones. If you suspect that your family member is a victim of nursing home negligence, you will need the help of an experienced personal injury attorney. Read on to learn more.

Common signs of abuse:

There are some common signs to look out for when it comes to nursing home abuse/negligence. Some of these signs include:

  • Malnutrition
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Verbal abuse or harassment
  • Bedsores or pressure ulcers
  • Broken bones
  • Improper medication dosing
  • Infections
  • Reports of physical or sexual abuse
  • Injuries from nursing home falls
  • Dehydration

How to report nursing home negligence:

If you believe that your loved one is in imminent danger, you should call law enforcement immediately.  You can also report the nursing home to the Department of Health once you speak with the nursing home facility’s management. You can also complete the Nursing Home Complaint Form or call the Nursing Home Complaint Hotline at 1-888-201-4563.

Providing proof of negligence:

If your loved one has been a victim of nursing home negligence, you may be able to hold the nursing home responsible. But, in order to do so, you will have to provide proof of negligence. You may be able to obtain this proof by:

  • Taking pictures: Be sure to take pictures of any injuries your loved one has sustained in the nursing home. Additionally, take pictures of any hazardous conditions that are present in the home.
  • Contacting an attorney: An experienced personal injury attorney may be able to obtain important evidence, such as security camera footage, police reports, and more. It is important to work with a skilled attorney who can help you hold the negligent party responsible.

What is the statute of limitations?

If you believe a nursing home is acting negligently, you will have to act fast. Taking legal action can ensure that you and your loved one recieve the compensation you deserve for any physical, financial, and emotional burdens that occur as a result of the abuse. Additionally, it can help ensure that no other residents are put in danger. But, you will have to file your claim in time. This is because of a deadline known as a statute of limitations. Generally, in Washington D.C., the statute of limitations for a personal injury accident is three years from the date of the accident. Contact an attorney to avoid missing any important deadlines.


The experienced personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys at Trombly & Singer, PLLC are prepared to represent clients facing legal matters after being injured due to another person’s negligence. If you require strong legal representation in Washington D.C. or Maryland, contact our firm today to schedule a consultation.