Lawyer Files Claims for Failure to Accommodate Special Needs in a New Jersey Nursing Home
When your elderly loved one has special needs, you must trust and rely on the staff at a skilled nursing facility to provide high-quality care. Many elderly patients with special needs are helpless and entirely dependent upon nursing home staff to protect them against health risks and other dangers. That’s why a nursing home’s failure to accommodate special needs must be taken very seriously and, if necessary, met with swift legal action.
Sugarman Law is a highly respected law firm with lawyers who have been helping victims of nursing home negligence in New Jersey since 1991. The firm has successfully represented clients all across New Jersey, from Atlantic County to Hudson County. Barry Sugarman is an accomplished NJ lawyer who has dedicated his practice to protecting victims of nursing home abuse. Read about some of his recent successful verdicts and settlements in New Jersey nursing home negligence cases.
NJ Nursing Homes Must to Be Equipped to Accommodate for the Special Needs of Residents
Nursing homes are expected to adequately accommodate patients with special needs. These patients tend to suffer greater harm as a result of abuse and neglect. Some of the specific causes of nursing home injuries to patients who have special needs include:
- Failure to properly medicate: Nursing homes have a legal obligation to correctly administer prescription medications. This is particularly important when the patient has special needs because medication errors can cause serious illnesses and even wrongful death.
- Failure to properly treat medical conditions: Nursing home employees need to act immediately when an elderly patient’s medical conditions pose a problem. Patients with special needs often require additional care in order to prevent life-threatening illnesses and infections.
- Patient-on-patient abuse: Patient-on-patient assaults are more likely to occur among elderly individuals with dementia or mental illness. As a result, residents with special needs often require extra care and monitoring.
- Hazardous & unsanitary conditions: Hazardous conditions pose serious health risks to patients with special needs because those patients often have greater health risks.
Many elderly patients require special assistance because they are in poor physical condition, often making them the most vulnerable residents in nursing homes. These patients may be completely reliant upon nursing home staff to assist them with day-to-day activities. For these patients, nursing home neglect can have serious consequences, including:
- Slip & fall injuries
- Malnutrition and dehydration
- Bed sores and ulcers
- Wrongful death
Since the consequences of nursing home negligence are potentially fatal, it is important to know exactly what questions need to be asked in order to make sure that your loved one’s nursing home can accommodate for special needs. The nursing home should hire competent, qualified staff members who are properly trained to care for all patients, including your loved one. The nursing home should also develop a specialized treatment plan in accordance with the patient’s unique requirements.
Experienced NJ Nursing Home Injury Attorneys Help Victims of Nursing Home Neglect
Nursing homes should be held to extremely high standards of care. When a nursing home fails to meet its legal duty to protect residents with special needs, and your loved one suffers as a result, an experienced nursing home injury attorney can help you and your loved one secure compensation.
Barry Sugarman and his team of skilled lawyers will consult with former nursing home administrators and scrutinize the past practices of your loved one’s nursing home. Contact Mr. Sugarman today to schedule a free consultation at one of his offices in Somerville and Marlton.
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