Elopement Lawyer – Residents Wrongly Permitted to Leave New Jersey Nursing Homes
Many nursing home residents have mental difficulties such as Dementia, Alzheimer’s and other diagnoses that prevent them from appreciating their own safety. Others may not want to be in the nursing home at all.
New Jersey’s Nursing Home Bill of Rights and federal law requires nursing homes to provide a safe and secure environment to prevent injury. This includes monitoring residents moving about the nursing home to prevent them from leaving, also known as elopement. When residents elope from a nursing home, the result can be catastrophic. Reports and data show that when nursing homes with lax security allow residents to elope, it results in deaths from drowning, hypothermia, and being struck by cars. Sugarman Law has successfully prosecuted nursing homes for resident elopement and wandering.
How Nursing Homes Can Stop Elopement Injury and Death
Nursing homes are required to examine and evaluate each resident for the possibility of elopement and to take action to prevent this from occurring. The nursing home staff must provide adequate supervision for all residents and security at all exits, especially in evening hours when less nursing staff is on duty. It should maintain adequate monitors and alarm systems, and nursing home residents deemed at risk for elopement should be provided with special bracelets or alarms – sometimes called “Wandergard bracelets” – and closer supervision when not in their rooms.
How Sugarman Law Helps in Elopement Cases
Sugarman Law has successfully prosecuted nursing homes for resident elopement. When negligent nursing homes allow your family, friends or loved ones to leave unattended, and they suffer injury or death, Sugarman Law takes them to court and holds the nursing home accountable to the fullest extent of the law.
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If your family member has been injured by elopement or other nursing home neglect or abuse, please fill out the contact form or call Barry Sugarman and the nursing home litigation team at Sugarman Law at 866-657-5660. Sugarman Law obtains compensation for those who suffer injuries and death from nursing home neglect and abuse.
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