Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Protects Clients against Common Nursing Home Injuries in New Jersey
Many nursing homes promise families they will be fully responsible for the safety and well-being of residents. When you place your trust in an eldercare facility, and they don’t take care of your family member as advertised, you have every right to feel angry, misled and frustrated. You and your family deserve to be compensated for the injuries your elderly relative has suffered at the hands of negligent nursing home employees.
Despite laws that are in place to protect the elderly, nursing home injuries are prevalent in New Jersey. If your loved one has suffered because of nursing home negligence, please contact Sugarman Law. Since 1991, Barry Sugarman is passionate about representing families affected by nursing home negligence. He only represents individuals and their families across New Jersey and does not represent nursing homes or companies that cause injury and death. Learn more about Sugarman Law’s success stories.
What are the Most Common Nursing Home Injuries in New Jersey?
In most cases, nursing home injuries happen because of mistakes. It’s likely that no one at the nursing home set out to bring harm to your loved one. However, patient overcrowding, lack of sufficiently trained employees and other factors provide opportunity for negligent actions that may cause injuries. Some of the most common nursing home injuries in the State of New Jersey include:
- Slip & fall injuries: Perhaps the most common nursing home injury is suffered by elderly residents who fracture bones in slip & fall accidents. Slip and fall injuries in nursing homes can be caused by overmedication, poor health or walking around unfamiliar surroundings.
- Bed sores and ulcers: Bed sores and ulcers can become fatal when not properly treated.
- Sepsis: Nursing home staff needs to be properly trained to detect blood poisoning in elderly residents.
- Malnutrition and dehydration: Inattentive nursing home staff can lead to elderly residents suffering from malnourishment or dehydration.
- Contagious infections: Contagious diseases and other infections can be caused by unsanitary conditions in nursing homes.
- Aspiration pneumonia: Elderly patients are at greater risk of aspiration pneumonia, which requires immediate antibiotic treatment.
- Unexplained injuries: Loved ones need to be on the lookout for the signs of nursing home abuse, which may include unexplained injuries such as bruises, cuts, or bed sores.
- Burn injuries: Improper supervision can result in hot water spills or smoking accidents.
- Wrongful death: The tragic loss of the life of your elderly loved one needs to be dealt with so that no one else suffers the same result.
Types of Nursing Home Negligence
While most nursing home injuries in NJ aren’t caused by purposeful mistreatment, there are some types of negligent actions that are obviously the result of abuse. When doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers are involved in the abuse, it may be considered medical malpractice.
- Neglect and abandonment: Healthcare providers have a duty to provide elderly patients with certain necessities, such as food, water, and clothing. Nursing home staff members are also required to maintain safe environments for residents and ensure that residents maintain their personal hygiene.
- Physical abuse: Since elderly residents are often susceptible to serious injuries, physical abuse can result in severe harm and even death in the worst cases. Physical abuse by nursing home staff may involve hitting, punching, slapping, shoving, kicking, tripping, or burning.
- Sexual abuse: Sexual abuse of nursing home residents might involve nonconsensual sexual acts, coerced nudity, indecent exposure, and unwanted touching.
- Emotional abuse: Emotional abuse of an elderly resident may involve verbal acts such as threats, intimidation, and harassment. It can also include non-verbal acts such as isolating a resident from their family, separating a resident from other residents, and ignoring a resident’s requests for assistance or treatment.
- Financial exploitation: Far too many nursing homes take advantage of elderly residents and exploit them financially. Financial exploitation of elderly patients includes misappropriation of personal funds, cashing the patient’s checks, forging the patient’s signature on financial documents, and abusing the patient’s Power of Attorney rights.
- Resident-on-resident violence: It happens far too often in nursing homes and assisted living facilities in NJ. We stand up for residents who are unable to defend themselves. Read more about a recent success.
At Sugarman Law, We Put Your Family’s Rights First
State and federal laws recognize that elderly residents are vulnerable and need to be protected against abuse. As a result, nursing homes have an obligation to provide residents from Somerville to Marlton, NJ, with a certain level of care and treatment. This includes properly overseeing employees and ensuring that they are properly treating residents. When the operators a nursing home fail to fulfill their legal obligations, Sugarman Law will hold them liable for any injuries or abuse suffered by residents.
The experienced nursing home abuse lawyers at Sugarman Law represent nursing home abuse and negligence victims throughout New Jersey, including Atlantic County and Hudson County.
Sugarman Law’s Nursing Home Litigation Team includes attorneys, legal assistants, and expert nurses who carefully review the record of your loved one’s care, advise you of your family’s legal rights, and do everything possible to hold the nursing home accountable for its misconduct.
Schedule a Free Consultation with an Experienced New Jersey Nursing Home Attorney
Whether your loved one’s injuries were caused by nursing home understaffing, medical negligence, poorly trained nursing staff, or unsanitary living conditions, you need an experienced attorney who will fight for your family member and strive for improved conditions at your loved one’s nursing home.
A lawsuit is often the best way to raise awareness about nursing home neglect and prevent this kind of negligence in the future. Call the experienced, compassionate nursing home abuse lawyers at Sugarman Law. We will vigorously pursue your claims and help you secure compensation for medical bills, as well as pain and suffering. We want to hear about what has happened to your loved one and we want to be there to get them the justice – and compensation – they deserve. Call or email our Somerville or Marlton, NJ offices today for a free consultation about your case.
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