NJ Nursing Home Injury Lawyers Know How to File a Complaint Alleging Nursing Home Negligence
When you chose a nursing home for your loved one, they promised to provide a certain level of care. They didn’t keep their promise. Now, perhaps your relative is sick or has been injured due to safety violations or other negligent behavior on the part of the nursing home and its staff. You have a right to file a complaint when the nursing home administrators fail to adequately respond to questions about the safety and wellbeing of residents.
When your loved one has been the victim of neglect or abuse, it is important for you to take immediate action and file a complaint against the nursing home.
The skilled legal team at Sugarman Law includes lawyers who have been passionate about this kind of work since 1991. The firm represents clients across the state – in North Jersey, South Jersey, and Central Jersey, from Atlantic County to Hudson County and everywhere in between.
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How Do You File a Complaint for Nursing Home Negligence?
Anyone is allowed to file a complaint against a nursing home for violating state or federal laws and regulations. Even if you are not a resident in the nursing home, you can file a formal complaint with the appropriate government agency. Once a complaint is filed against a nursing home, officials should conduct an investigation and inspection of the facility. If there is a threat of imminent physical harm to a resident, the investigation should occur within 24 hours.
In addition to filing a complaint, there are things you can do to ensure that your elderly loved one receives the proper treatment:
- It is important to have documentation and a written record of everything that occurs during the complaint process
- Take photos of relevant injuries
- If the facility is in disrepair, take photographs
- Note the precise date when you first suspected nursing home neglect or abuse
- Keep track of every nursing home administrator, official, and employee with whom you spoke about the neglect
- Detail each and every action taken by the nursing home to remedy the problem
Filing a formal complaint that leads to action by the nursing home and that preserves your right to file a lawsuit at a later date, without missing any important deadlines, can require finesse and legal expertise. An attorney might be necessary to guide you through the bureaucratic maze as you file the complaint. For example, your complaint needs to specify the injuries and the probable causes of those injuries. Additionally, your complaint should name all possible defendants. This includes nursing home administrators, staff, and corporations that own, operate, or oversee the nursing home. Additionally, since the resident’s medical history can potentially be used to establish a timeline of improper treatment or abuse, a legal professional may be able to request a copy of the resident’s nursing home chart. An attorney can also guide you through the complicated appeals process if you are unhappy with the results of an investigation.
Experienced Attorneys Help You with the Process of Filing a Nursing Home Complaint in New Jersey
When a nursing home has a corporate philosophy that prioritizes profits over the safety and health of residents, a formal complaint may be necessary to protect your elderly loved one. Since a time-consuming lawsuit might eventually need to be filed, it is important for you to speak with an attorney who understands the law and who has significant resources at their disposal.
Sugarman Law is a highly respected law firm with a team of nursing home neglect attorneys who handle these kinds of cases on a daily basis throughout New Jersey. The firm provides the tools and resources that victims of nursing home negligence need to file complaints and lawsuits. Contact Barry Sugarman today to arrange a free consultation at one of his offices in Somerville or Marlton.
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