Attorneys Helping Residents and Families Stop Nursing Home Neglect in New Jersey
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services inspects nursing homes across the country and evaluates them on a five-star rating system based on criteria such as health inspections, staffing levels and quality of care. Nearly ten percent of the nursing homes in New Jersey have only a one-star rating. As custodians of people in need of care, nursing homes and their employees owe a duty toward the residents of their facilities. When nursing homes fail in this duty through negligence or even intentional abuse, Lance Brown & Associates steps forward to hold them accountable for their actions and their failures.
Nursing Home Neglect is a Serious Legal Matter that Requires Expert Legal Help
Neglect or abuse in a nursing home can often be difficult to prove. The victim may be reluctant to speak out due to fear or embarrassment, or may simply not be able to communicate clearly. And many effects of abuse and neglect can be explained away as due to the normal effects of aging, which can cause physical and mental deterioration, accidental falls, confusion and dementia, etc. Doctors and lawyers who are experienced in this area can be especially helpful in identifying and proving abuse or neglect.
Nursing home neglect and abuse can show itself in many different ways. These are some of the most common symptoms to watch out for:
- Signs of neglect – Dehydration or malnutrition (patient is weak or confused); bedsores
- Signs of physical abuse – Bruises at the wrists or ankles (showing patient was grabbed or restrained); other bruises, sprains, or fractures
- Signs of emotional abuse – Patient appears anxious, fearful or depressed
If you observe any of these signs in a family member, you may want to alert the management at the nursing home or contact the New Jersey Department of Health. If you are concerned that the nursing home management will not respond properly, or if you cannot wait for the State to take action, contact Lance Brown & Associates. We will move swiftly to ensure that any ongoing abuse or neglect stops immediately, and we will take steps to make sure further abuse does not occur and that the resident is compensated for the injuries done to him or her.