Assisted Living Facility Abuse Lawyer
Experienced Attorney Fights for Victims of Assisted Living Negligence throughout New Jersey
When an aging loved one is having difficulty caring for their daily needs or begins to require more assistance than you or another at-home caregiver can provide, it’s common to consider an assisted living or other long-term care facility. However, when you suspect that your elderly loved one is being neglected or abused by staff at the home, it’s time to take action.
You’re not alone – we can help. If your loved one is a resident in an assisted living facility and you believe they have been a victim of staff negligence or abuse, contact an experienced lawyer who will fight to protect your elderly relative’s rights today. Barry Sugarman of the Sugarman Law Firm offers free consultations in nursing home and assisted living abuse cases.
Elderly Individuals Suffer Injury from Neglect in NJ Assisted Living Facilities
Compared to a nursing home, an assisted living facility offers its residents more independence. However, even if your relative is able to eat, dress and get around without constant supervision, the assisted living facility staff has a responsibility to keep a watchful eye. They must supervise those at risk for falls and make sure the resident’s daily needs are met so they don’t suffer bedsores, malnutrition and other injuries.
When something goes wrong and you find out your relative may be the victim of abuse or neglect, Sugarman Law will hold the facility to the promises they made when they gave you the tour and told them they would take good care of your Mother, Father or other family member.
Have you noticed any of these signs of abuse in an assisted living facility:
- cuts or bruises
- rapid decline of health (especially mental deterioration)
- weight loss
- change in attitude or personality (all of a sudden very withdrawn and afraid)
- sudden onset depression
- poor hygiene (they aren’t bathing, their clothing is dirty, etc.)?
Contact Barry Sugarman and he will follow up with you immediately and get to the bottom of what’s going on.
Mr. Sugarman has helped many families fight back and get the compensation and justice they deserved when their aging loved ones have been hurt in an assisted living facility. Call today if you believe there is evidence of abuse, including:
Neglect: While they are often uttered in the same breath, “abuse and neglect” are not necessarily the exact same thing. If an assisted living facility employee ignores doctor’s orders to provide timely care, or fails to offer food and/or drink, doesn’t turn a patient who is immobile, or doesn’t take necessary fall precautions, injuries can be severe. They may include the resident not getting medication on time or not getting the necessary assistance in bathing or changing clothing, becoming dehydrated or malnourished, or developing painful, life-threatening bedsores.
Physical Abuse: If your loved one is being forced to endure punching, kicking, slapping, hitting, tripping or any other physical abuse, it must not be tolerated. Physical abuse often manifests itself in bruising, broken bones, cuts and lacerations, head or spinal injuries and even wrongful death.
Physical abuse is not limited to hitting and kicking either. If an employee at the assisted living facility withholds food or water, or forces your loved one to eat or drink when they don’t want to, that’s also considered physical abuse. Additionally, using restraints that are unnecessary or using excessive restraints, including chemical restraints, are considered physical abuse.
Emotional Abuse: Also known as psychological abuse, when an employee or other resident of an assisted living facility yells at, harasses, bullies, makes fun of and even ignores your loved one, the emotional ramifications can be life-altering. If your loved one is denied their right to modesty, during toileting, bathing or changing clothing, this might be considered emotional abuse.
Sexual Abuse: Any time a resident of an assisted living facility or nursing home is forced to engage in a sexual act with an employee or other resident, it is considered sexual abuse.
Contact a Compassionate, Skilled Assisted Living Abuse & Neglect Lawyer Today for Free about Your Loved One’s Injuries
It’s not unusual for residents of assisted living facilities to be embarrassed by abuse or neglect. They want to appear strong and independent and, as such, they may hide information or not report it because they don’t want to appear frail. In other cases, they may not have access to a phone to contact you or are afraid that if they report an incident of abuse or neglect it will get worse.
Contact Barry Sugarman right away for a free consultation. He will leave no stone unturned as he investigates what occurred that caused your loved one’s injuries. He will fight to hold the facility and its employees or other residents responsible for your loved one’s abuse or neglect. Mr. Sugarman will get you the justice you want and the financial compensation you need and deserve.
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