As an elder care lawyer in New Jersey, we at Davis & Brusca, LLC know that failures by nursing homes to deliver care to our seniors happens with devastating frequency. Studies show that almost every resident polled in such facilities has either endured neglect themselves or witnessed it happening to another resident. Tragically, many seniors are killed by these acts of negligence and abuse. But there are ways that family members can help protect their loved ones from mistreatment, as we address below.
If you or someone you care about has a family member in a nursing home and have seen things that suggest they have been abused or harmed, then it is time to have someone investigate further. Contact Davis & Brusca, the nursing home neglect lawyer NJ residents trust today for more information.
What Nursing Home Elder Abuse and Neglect Looks Like
Elder abuse is defined as the mistreatment of an older adult by someone who is in a position of trust and authority. Nursing home mistreatment can take many forms, including emotional, mental, physical, financial, or sexual abuse. The person inflicting the abuse is most commonly a care worker at the facility. During your consultation with our NJ elder care lawyers, you should expect to be asked to provide details of what you have seen, what you have heard, and whether there were any red flags that abuse was occurring, so we can better evaluate your potential case. Our team can also give you information about how to gather evidence and what options may exist for you to safely remove your senior relative from the facility before more harm can be inflicted.
Abuse by care workers may take in many forms, including:
How Family Members Can Take Action Today
As an elder care lawyer in NJ like the team at Davis & Brusca will tell you, one of the best things you can do to keep your elderly loved one safe in a nursing home is to visit, stay attentive & involved, and to thoroughly research the facility. Look into records for that facility and whether they have faced any lawsuits related to mistreatment in the past. However, even if you did your due diligence, abuse and neglect can still happen.
We understand that looking further into whether your loved one is being abused in a nursing home can be emotionally triggering and terribly painful to think about. We are here to help and hold the offending parties accountable.
Please contact a NJ lawyer for elder care abuse at Davis & Brusca, LLC today for more information about how we can help protect your cherished senior loved one.