The Dangers Of Wandering Off (Elopement)
Nursing home residents are confined to the premises of the home for good reasons — they are unable to safely navigate the outside world on their own, require care and monitoring, and are not equipped to avoid common dangers. This is why it is so important that nursing homes take measures to stop their residents from wandering off. When they fail to do so, the resident is vulnerable to a broad range of dangers, including:
- Falling accidents
- Exposure to the elements
- Robbery, assault and other crimes
- No access to food or water
Wandering off, also known as elopement, is a dangerous phenomenon in nursing homes throughout Maryland. At The Law Offices of Gregory L. Lockwood, LLC, in Towson, we are committed to helping those who have suffered injuries in elopement-related accidents. Attorney Greg Lockwood is here to help you seek justice and compensation for the pain, suffering and other losses your loved one has suffered due to the negligence of a nursing home or long-term care facility.
This Could Have Been Avoided
Nursing homes have protocols in place to prevent elopement. Measures designed to keep residents close by and safe are:
- Wander Guards
- Security personnel
When a nursing home fails to follow safety protocols and a resident slips through layers of security, the home should be held responsible for the injuries and hardships that resident suffers. Our law firm is here to uncover the facts that led to your loved one’s accident. If negligence played a role, we can provide you with the zealous advocacy such a case requires.
Talk To An Experienced Nursing Home Negligence Attorney
Attorney Greg Lockwood has devoted his career to helping injured and neglected elders and is here to listen to your story. To arrange your free initial consultation, please contact our law firm online or by telephone at 443-242-4995.