Experienced Nursing Home Injury Lawyer Gets Compensation for Wrongful Death in NJ Nursing Homes
Some instances of nursing home abuse can be so severe that they result in the wrongful death of an elderly resident. In fact, wrongful death in New Jersey nursing homes is often a direct result of abuse and neglect. Although you can never undue the pain of losing a loved one, it can help to know that the liable parties are being held responsible for failing to do their jobs.
Sugarman Law is a highly respected NJ law firm with lawyers who are passionate about helping victims of nursing home abuse and nursing home negligence. The firm’s knowledgeable lawyers have extensive experience handling wrongful death claims throughout New Jersey, including claims of wrongful death in nursing homes in Burlington and Somerset counties. The litigation team at Sugarman Law includes skilled attorneys, dedicated legal assistants, and nursing home consultants such as former administrators and expert nurses.
What Are the Common Causes of Wrongful Death in New Jersey Nursing Homes?
Nursing home injuries often result in serious injuries for elderly residents who are already in poor health. The worst cases of nursing home negligence or abuse can result in the wrongful death of an elderly resident. Some of the most common causes of wrongful death in New Jersey nursing homes include:
- Slip & fall accidents
- Physical abuse by nursing home staff
- Physical assaults by other nursing home residents: The nursing home may be liable for a patient-on-patient assault because the nursing home has a legal duty to oversee and monitor all residents.
- Restraint injuries: Excessive restraint of an elderly resident can cause serious injuries because elderly individuals are more likely to have weak bones and immune systems.
- Burn injuries
- Dehydration and malnutrition
- Unsanitary conditions: Nursing home staff needs to ensure that elderly residents are not exposed to bacteria, mold, dirty water, or contaminated food.
- Severe bedsores that become infected: Untreated bedsores can result in septic shock and death.
- Nursing home infections
- Medication errors: Nursing home staff needs to make sure that residents receive appropriate medications because overdoses of medication can lead to serious injuries and, in the worst cases, death.
- Wandering and elopement: Elderly residents who wander off nursing home grounds are at increased risk of heat stroke, hypothermia, and dangerous slip & fall accidents.
- Understaffing: Overburdened nursing home caregivers may fail to perform necessary daily tasks when they are rushed.
If your loved one died as a result of nursing home negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for hospital care and medical expenses incurred as a result of abuse or neglect, funeral and burial expenses, emotional trauma or distress, and loss of companionship. In the event that nursing home staff acted with malice or reckless disregard for your loved one’s life, you might also be entitled to punitive damages.
Skilled Attorney Seeks Justice on Behalf of Families Who Lost a Loved One to Wrongful Death in a New Jersey Nursing Home
If your elderly loved one tragically passed away while in the care of a nursing home, you should contact an experienced attorney immediately. A skilled nursing home injury attorney can utilize a vast array of resources, including qualified experts such as nursing home consultants, to investigate a wrongful death claim, look for the signs of abuse, and determine the exact cause of death. An attorney can also make sure that you don’t miss any filing deadlines related to nursing home abuse and wrongful death lawsuits in New Jersey.
Wrongful death claims often require medical evidence and testimony from experts. These cases can be extremely complicated and difficult to prove. That’s why you need to contact the skilled attorneys at Sugarman Law today to discuss your wrongful death claim. The firm is dedicated to pursuing justice on behalf of families who have tragically lost a loved one because of nursing home negligence or abuse in New Jersey. Call Bob Sugarman directly, or simply fill out the online contact form to schedule a free consultation at one of the firm’s offices in Somerville and Marlton.
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