NJ Lawyers Secure Compensation for Victims of Patient-on-Patient Nursing Home Abuse
Resident-on-resident aggression is a serious problem in New Jersey nursing homes. Nursing home neglect is becoming an epidemic, with incidents of patients assaulting other patients occurring more and more often. A minor disagreement between residents can quickly escalate into a serious physical altercation. The risk of violence is often exacerbated by nursing home staff members who fail to immediately put a stop to violent behavior by certain residents.
However, the root of the problem may lie in the fact that nursing homes often ignore instances of patient-on-patient abuse in order to protect the facility’s public image. Filing a lawsuit will help to ensure that your loved one and other elderly individuals are not subjected to violence in the future.
The knowledgeable nursing home injury lawyers at Sugarman Law handle countless cases involving nursing home abuse and neglect, including patient on patient abuse, sexual abuse, and injuries caused by hazardous conditions. Barry Sugarman is a passionate advocate for changes in nursing home policies and procedures. He represents clients throughout the entire state, from Atlantic County to Hudson County and everywhere in between. You can read about Mr. Sugarman’s recent verdicts and settlements by visiting his success stories page.
What are the Most Common Examples of Patient-on-Patient Abuse in NJ Nursing Homes?
Patient on patient abuse takes many forms, including physical attacks, sexual assaults or rapes, mental abuse, verbal abuse, bullying, and taunting. The unfortunate reality is that even a minor altercation can have serious repercussions for an elderly individual who is in poor health. Victims of abuse suffer cuts or lacerations, fractures, emotional trauma, depression, or, in the worst cases, wrongful death.
Nursing home staff needs to be adequately prepared to identify and stop the causes of patient-on-patient abuse, which can include:
- Failing to identify residents who are potentially dangerous
- Nursing home staff is not properly trained to deal with dangerous patients
- Failing to segregate dangerous patients
- Failure to monitor patients with violent tendencies
- Staffing issues
- Nursing home is not equipped to handle elderly residents suffering from mental illness
- Nursing home fails to provide adequate supervision of employees
New Jersey nursing homes have a legal obligation to contact state regulators or local law enforcement when a patient-on-patient assault occurs. Unfortunately, far too many nursing homes ignore the problem instead of dealing with it.
Nursing Home Abuse & Negligence Attorneys Represent Victims of Physical Abuse in Nursing Homes
NJ nursing homes have an obligation to protect residents against physical attacks. When a nursing home fails to provide adequate protection for residents, the consequences can be deadly. If your elderly loved one has been assaulted by another nursing home resident, you should contact a lawyer who will make sure the attack is investigated and that your loved one is compensated justly. Do not allow the nursing home to investigate its own potentially criminal activity.
Barry Sugarman and his team of experienced attorneys have been passionately representing victims of nursing home abuse and negligence since 1991. Mr. Sugarman is prepared to discuss your case and provide you with the information you need in order to determine the next step. Call or email him today to schedule a free consultation at one of the firm’s offices in Marlton or Somerville.
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