Experienced Legal Help for Victims of Contagious Infections Contracted in New Jersey Nursing Homes
Nursing homes have a responsibility to do everything possible to prevent the spread of infections among residents. This includes constant monitoring of patients for signs of contagious infections, as well as the effective management and treatment of infections once they have been diagnosed. When contagious infections in NJ nursing homes are not dealt with immediately, the diseases can develop and spread quickly among residents.
If your loved one has been diagnosed with a contagious infection, you may have a viable claim for nursing home negligence. The skilled legal team at Sugarman Law, led by well-known and successful nursing home abuse lawyer Barry Sugarman, is prepared to investigate your claims of negligence or abuse and help you pursue the best course of action to help your loved one get the treatment and compensation they deserve. Mr. Sugarman appears regularly in courts throughout New Jersey. He is available to meet with clients in his offices in Marlton, NJ, and Somerset, NJ, as well as your location, when necessary.
Why Are Nursing Homes a Breeding Ground for Infection?
Close contact with other people in group settings can lead to the spread of bacteria from person to person. Nursing home residents are often clustered together in confined spaces, creating environments in which the spread of infections is likely. Other causes of contagious infections in New Jersey nursing homes include:
- unsanitary environments
- poor hygiene
- dehydration and malnutrition
- poorly trained staff
- inattentive staff
- lack of medical resources
- post-operative negligence
What are the Most Common Contagious Infections in Nursing Homes?
Contagious infections are among the most common nursing home injuries. This is because elderly residents are particularly susceptible to infection. They tend to have weakened immune systems and are often already suffering from chronic diseases. Additionally, elderly residents often need assistance in order to maintain their personal hygiene because they have mental or cognitive issues. When your loved one contracts a contagious infection, the results can be catastrophic because their body may not be capable of fighting the infection. Sometimes, an infection can lead to wrongful death.
Some of the most common contagious infections in New Jersey nursing homes include:
- Bedsores and ulcers: Immobile residents are at great risk of skin and soft tissue infections such as bedsores and ulcers.
- Sepsis: Serious infections can lead to sepsis, causing the person’s organs to shut down and potentially resulting in death.
- Urinary tract infections: Urinary tract infections are common among elderly residents because they are less active and don’t move around as often as younger people. Urinary tract infections are also more common among the elderly because they are more likely to use catheters.
- MRSA: Methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) can result in respiratory, urinary tract, and skin infections, including potentially deadly blood infections, pneumonia, and endocarditis. MRSA exposure may occur in patients with intravenous tubes or open wounds, as well as patients who are using antibiotics.
- C-Diff: Clostridium difficile is a gastrointestinal infection that afflicts many elderly patients.
- E. coli: Escherichia coli is a common bacterial infection that can cause severe abdominal cramps, diarrhea, and vomiting. Elderly residents can be exposed to E. coli from contaminated water or food.
- Scabies: Scabies is a contagious skin infection that is caused by parasitic mites. Residents can be exposed to skin mites through direct skin-to-skin contact.
Knowledgeable Attorney Helps Clients Get Compensation for Contagious Infections in NJ Nursing Homes
Your elderly loved one has a right to live in a clean and sanitary space. The mismanagement of your elderly loved one’s health can result in serious infections. When you visit your loved one in a nursing home, try to be on the lookout for signs of abuse or neglect that have led to contagious infections. If you suspect that your loved one has been the victim of abuse or neglect in an assisted living facility in NJ, seek immediate medical treatment and then contact the experienced nursing home negligence attorneys at Sugarman Law.
Since 1991, Barry Sugarman has focused his expertise on helping victims of nursing home abuse and negligence. He is passionate about helping families in New Jersey, like yours, get the compensation and treatment they deserve. You can rely on Mr. Sugarman and the other members of the skilled legal team at Sugarman Law to investigate your case and help your loved one get compensation and proper treatment. Mr. Sugarman will make himself available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to speak with you about your case. Call him or email him today to schedule a free consultation at his offices in Somerville or Marlton.
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