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A 2018 Joint Report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Office for Civil Rights, and the Administration for Community Living found that nursing homes in several states lacked basic health and safety practices, as well as routinely underreported incidents to authorities. This is frightening enough on its own but becomes even more serious when you consider that 10 percent of seniors have experienced elder abuse. To put it bluntly – nursing home abuse is occurring far too frequently.

 

Learn important laws governing nursing homes in New Jersey. If you suspect your loved one has been the victim of abuse or neglect, do not hesitate to contact a nursing home abuse lawyer today. 

 

New Jersey Nursing Home Laws

 

Nursing homes are single-family residences that an individual shares with one, two, or three other residents. All residents receive residential care services. It is important to note that nursing homes cannot have more than four residents per unit. They are overseen by the New Jersey Department of Human Services. Individuals suffering from developmental disabilities, mental disabilities, mental illness, and/or substance abuse may live in nursing homes. There are also nursing homes for seniors, which give their residents a level of freedom and autonomy in their everyday lives. 

 

 

Nursing Home Abuse

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Types of Abuse

 

Regardless of the type of home, and the specific population it serves, Nursing home abuse accidents occur. These range from the relatively minor to the life-threatening. Common types of abuse include:

  • Physical abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Financial abuse
  • Sexual abuse

 

Physical nursing home abuse accidents include things like being restrained and staff using unnecessary force. It can also include medical negligence like failure to properly supervise residents, medication errors, delayed medical care, malnutrition, and dehydration.

 

Emotional abuse includes things like yelling at residents, being unnecessarily aggressive or hostile, using overly controlling supervision strategies, and all forms of verbal abuse. Contact a nursing home abuse lawyer if you believe your loved one has suffered emotional abuse.

 

Financial abuse includes stealing money, checks, debit cards, and credit cards from residents. In severe cases, abusers can even steal the identity of residents and use it to open up new accounts, or take out loans, on their behalf.

 

Sexual abuse includes unwanted touching or groping, sexual assault, rape, and taking pictures or videos. Due to its nature, nursing home abuse accidents involving sexual abuse often include other types of abuse, like physical and emotional. These kinds of abuse are also the hardest for residents to talk about and seek justice for.

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:

  • Dehydration
  • Malnutrition
  • Extreme weight loss
  • Bedsores
  • Hair loss
  • Gangrene
  • 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

 

Experienced Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers

 

Nursing home abuse lawyers offer you and your loved ones an avenue for justice. The predatory behavior of nursing home abusers needs to be stopped. Just as importantly, you need a source of support and a legal advocate to hold these individuals accountable. 

 

The Law Offices of James C. DeZao, P.A. are here to help. Our team of expert nursing home abuse lawyers, led by James DeZao himself, has decades of collective experience. We know what it takes to get you and your family the justice you deserve. Call us today at (833) JIM-HELPS for a free consultation.

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