Nursing Home Abuse & Injuries in New Jersey
Nursing home abuse or neglect is nearly unfathomable. Who would mistreat the elderly and helpless? These are, after all, people who only live in the facility because they can’t care for themselves. One shudders to think that there are healthcare institutions and professionals that would willfully or negligently bring these innocent people harm. But there are.
In fact, in New Jersey, nursing home abuse and neglect is alarmingly frequent. It is a common complaint in lawsuits filed on behalf of elderly victims of either personal injury or medical malpractice. In some instances, the abuse is purposeful, active, or violent. More often, it looks like negligence.
Nursing homes and their staffs are supposed to care for your loved ones as dearly as you would. But in many instances, they allow themselves to become overworked, short-staffed, or emotionally numb to your loved one’s needs. When that happens, abuse and neglect is sure to follow.
Whether the abuse consists of recurring negligence or a single incident, the victim has a right to compensation. The nursing home in question can lose its certification (and its federal funding) if it fails to uphold a high standard of care. Additionally, you or your loved one may stand to recover economic restitution for the various ways in which you’ve been forced to suffer.
At The Law Offices of James C. DeZao, P.A., we take nursing home abuse and neglect extremely seriously. No one deserves to be mistreated by the people they depend on. A Parsippany nursing home negligence attorney at our firm can help you take a stand for justice.
New Jersey Nursing Home Negligence: How It Happens
Nursing home abuse and neglect can take many forms. Common examples in New Jersey include:
- Mental or emotional abuse
- Improper feeding
- Excessive sedation
- Administering the wrong medication / medication overdose
- Unfairly punishing patients
- Subjecting residents to social isolation
- Failure to give the patient adequate exercise
- Inadequate monitoring of the resident’s condition
- Allowing the resident to become lost or to leave the home without anyone noticing
- Use of defective equipment
- Maintaining resident rooms in unsanitary, disgusting, or uninhabitable conditions
- Failure to change or clean out bedpans
- Failure to call a doctor or 911 in the event of emergency.
Some cases are even more extreme and may involve direct physical battery, assault, or other acts of criminality against your loved ones. These include:
- Sexual assault
- Physical abuse
- Refusing to help a patient in urgent need of medical care.
How Do You Know If a Loved One Has Become a Victim?
Even though your loved ones trust you, they may be too embarrassed to tell you about what’s happening inside their assisted living facility (ALF). They could even be too confused to realize that they are being victimized in the first place, either because of medication, manipulation, or the effects of their underlying conditions. Therefore, it is important that you keep a careful eye open for the common signs and symptoms of abuse. These include:
- Extreme weight loss
- Hair loss
- Aspiration pneumonia
- Muscle cramps or contractions
- Depression or an unexplained change in demeanor
- Broken bones or other injuries caused by falling
- Suspicious injuries or bruises
- Suspicious or sudden death.
Contact a Parsippany Nursing Home Negligence Attorney for Help or Advice
Getting older is difficult for everyone. The elderly must learn to rely on others while family members must learn to entrust their love one’s care to a virtual stranger. The value of that trust couldn’t be higher, and it is absolutely inexcusable when nursing homes or assisted living facilities violate their duty of care.
Federal and state law each contain numerous provisions governing nursing home abuse and neglect. Victims have a powerful tool in the law, and an experienced attorney can help them fight back.
If you or a loved one has suffered mistreatment, abuse, or neglect in a nursing home or other such facility, a Parsippany nursing home negligence attorney at The Law Offices of James C. DeZao, P.A. can help.
To get more information about a potential claim, go ahead and call 1-855-432-2489 or use the quick connect form today. Our law firm proudly serves Parsippany, Troy Hills, Morris County, Essex County, and residents throughout all of New Jersey. Let us help you set things right.
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