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Nursing Home Abuse in Maryland

Nursing Home Abuse: Maryland Woman Found Guilty

November 19th, 2012

A former employee of a local nursing home in Maryland was found guilty last week of nursing home abuse and neglect.

According to investigators, Tarslia Jackson, 39, was working at the Northwest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, when she pushed and slapped a 71-year-old resident after a verbal altercation. Although the victim had no physical signs of abuse, another employee witnessed the confrontation and came forward. After investigations, Jackson was released from her job and charged with assault in the second degree of an elderly individual.

As punishment, Jackson has been placed on a year of probation and banned from working with the elderly. Furthermore, according to Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler, Jackson is required to pay all court costs, along with a monetary contribution to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund. In a statement after sentencing, Gansler explained why the defendant was liable for court costs:

“Marylanders who are placed in the care of others deserve to be treated with dignity and respected.Our most vulnerable adults,and their families,should know that this office stands with local law enforcement to protect them from abuse.”

In addition to criminal charges, Jackson will face civil charges should the victim retain a nursing home abuse attorney and file a personal injury lawsuit.


Deadly Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect in Maryland

November 13, 2012

A Maryland nursing home with a long history of violations is once again being investigated for nursing home abuse and neglect after health officials were informed a resident suffered from substandard medical care.

According to reports, James Franklin, a former resident of the St. Thomas More nursing home, almost died after insufficient care for his sacral ulcer. When he arrived at the nursing home, the ulcer was small and on its way to healing. However, within a month it tripled in size, had gangrene, and was oozing out a strong smelling discharge. Franklin experienced septic shock and was rushed to a local hospital.

Since then, Franklin has been in and out the hospital on several occasions. He transferred to a different nursing home where he is trying to recover. However, his wife, with the help of a nursing home abuse attorney, has filed a lawsuit against St. Thomas More nursing home with the Maryland Office of Health Care Quality.

This is not the first time St. Thomas More has been involved in negligent behaviors. Prior violations include failing to provide proper care, failing to respond to an emergency situation, and failure to improve the standards in the nursing home. In addition, the nursing home settled a lawsuit in 2005 after a patient suffered and died from bed sores

With the continuous problems arising at St. Thomas More, state regulators are in the process of revoking its license.