Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Trenton, NJ

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You’ve worked hard to find a nursing home which you believe you can trust to take care of your elderly loved and keep them safe. Then, you learn that the home has violated that trust and your family member has been the victim of abuse. You wonder how this could happen? And is there anything you can do about it? Firstly, realize that is not your fault and you are not alone.
Statistics reveal that nearly 5 million elderly people fall victim to abuse every single year. Second, you CAN do something about it. If you suspect your elderly loved has been the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, contact Davis & Brusca, and speak with a nursing home abuse attorney in Trenton, NJ right away.

Signs of Abuse

The best way to help keep your loved one safe is to visit frequently and to be alert to the signs of possible neglect. Don’t wait for your loved one to tell you that something is wrong. Medical conditions may limit a nursing home resident’s awareness and, even if they have no cognitive impairments, they may be too afraid or ashamed to tell family that they are being abused.

Some of the most common types of nursing home abuse:

  •       Depriving the victim of medication or medical devices they need
  •       Depriving the victim of medical care, food, or personal hygiene needs
  •       Emotional abuse or isolation
  •       Physical abuse, such as hitting, slapping, pushing, or “rough” care
  •       Sexual abuse
  •       Unnecessary use of Physical or “Chemical” Restraints

As Trenton, NJ nursing home abuse attorneys, the lawyers at Davis & Brusca know there ARE signs that the families of nursing home residents can look for which may indicate that their elderly family member may be being abused. These include:

  •       Sudden, unexplained weight loss, bedsores, or poor hygiene
  •       Increased agitations or anxiety when certain people are around
  •       Unexplained injuries, bruises, broken bones
  •       They seem to be increasingly depressed or withdrawn
  •       Medical conditions that worsen without any explanation
  •       Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections
  •       Dehydration

While abuse frequently comes at the hands of one or more members of the nursing home staff, residents may also suffer abuse at the hands of other residents. However, depending on the circumstances, a nursing home may still be liable when this happens. It is their responsibility to use reasonable care to eliminate risks of harm from a resident’s environment, even when the “risk of harm” is caused by other residents.

Is Your Elderly Loved One Being Abused?

If you suspect that your elderly family member is being abused or neglected, it is critical that you take action. Depending on the circumstances, this may even require involving the proper authorities, such as the police or the government regulators who oversee nursing homes in your area, such as the NJ Ombudsman’s office. You should always report your concerns to the nursing home’s administrator. And you may need to consider alternative arrangements to provide for the victim’s care to keep them safe.

The next step you should take is to call a Trenton, NJ nursing home abuse attorney, such as the lawyers from Davis & Brusca, to explore other legal options you may have to address your loved one’s injuries.

Nursing Home Neglect and abuse should concern EVERYONE

Currently, more than three million people in the U.S. live in nursing homes and that number will grow significantly. Why? Because the United States has an aging population. From 2012 to 2015, the number of Americans over age 65 nearly doubled from 43.1 million to 83.7 million. And statistics show this pattern is continuing. Many of these people will need care in a nursing home or other long-term care facility. Maybe even you.  Unfortunately, as the number of people living in long-term care grows, studies indicate that the frequency of nursing home neglect and abuse is also growing. If you have learned this first-hand through your own family experience, you may need help from thenursing home abuse and neglect lawyers at Davis and Brusca. 

What is Nursing Home Abuse? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) elder abuse is defied as “any abuse and neglect of persons age 60 and older by a caregiver or another person in a relationship involving an expectation of trust.” Studies indicate prevalence rates of nursing home abuse and neglect may be as high as 55 percent. In one study conducted by the National Center on Elder Abuse, 95 percent of the patients surveyed had witnessed others being neglected or been neglected themselves. Disturbingly, more than 50 percent of nursing home staff surveyed for the same study admitted to being involved in elder abuse or neglect.

Resident-Related Factors

Tragically, many of the health conditions which create the need for long-term care, such as Alzheimer’s Dementia or other degenerative diseases, make it easier for these patients to be abused. Residents with dementia may be unable to remember the abuse or to explain injuries to their families. Dementia also causes behavioral disturbances and some residents may become aggressive. In response, nursing home staff members who lack proper training or the right temperament may respond with aggression of their own. If this has happened to your loved one, calling Davis & Brusca, the nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers Trenton, NJ trusts may be the smartest decision you can make. 

Staffing

It should come as no surprise that a poorly run nursing home presents a much greater risk of elder neglect and abuse than a well-run facility. Proper staffing levels are crucial for providing quality care and preventing abuse and neglect. Understaffed facilities cannot provide proper supervision or care, often leading to catastrophic injuries and even death.

Most poorly run facilities are deliberately understaffed as part of a misguided effort to maximize profits.  Caregivers are often underpaid and overworked. For the workers, long shifts with unreasonable patient loads lead to burn out. A caregiver dealing with these issues is much more likely to abuse or neglect the people they are supposed to be caring for.

Another factor which contributes to abuse and neglect is poor training. This includes using lower trained nurses, like LPNs, to provide care which exceeds what they are permitted to offer under their license. Frequently, this causes them to miss serious changes in a resident’s condition because they lack the training necessary to spot the issue.

Injuries

When there are not enough staff to get the necessary work done, residents suffer.  Typical injuries we see are:

  • Bed sores – also called pressure wounds, decubiti, or pressure injuries
  • Urinary Tract Infections, Dehydration and kidney failure
  • Falls leading to fractured bones, brain bleeds, bruising, and often death
  • Malnutrition and severe weight loss
  • Physical assault
  • Rape and sexual assault

Contact Davis & Brusca the nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers Trenton, NJ has come to trust, right away for a free no obligation consultation!

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