There are many reasons families place their loved ones into nursing homes. Most commonly, they have needs the family simply cannot meet on their own and cannot afford to hire private help. Often, family either do not live near enough to provide care if something happens or, due to work or child-care obligations, they simply cannot serve the role of care provider. Sometimes, the loved one is dealing with mental or physical disabilities which make “home” unsafe and thus, the nursing home should be the safest place for them. The vast majority of families research nursing home options, trying to find a nice facility which they believe will take care of their loved one and which is still close enough to allow for visitation. The facilities make promises through brochures and visits, representing that loved ones will be safe and comfortable if admitted. After all that, far too many families learn that the facility has merely put on a front; a show to put “heads in beds.” Families who learn that their loved one has suffered harm from abuse or neglect at the nursing home are understandably devastated. They feel betrayed. Angry. And for good reason. If this sounds familiar, you can trust the team at Davis & Brusca, LLC to help. We are specialists in claims for nursing home neglect and abuse.
You see signs of abuse. There are many different ways that a nursing home employee or caregiver could abuse your loved one. Abuse may be physical, emotional, or financial. If you notice unexplained bruising, sudden significant weight loss, or open sores on the back, buttocks or heels, you should consider contacting an experienced nursing home abuse lawyer NJ trusts, such as Davis & Brusca. These signs of physical abuse or neglect are serious and demand immediate action. Similarly, if you notice signs of financial abuse, such as unexplained shortages in your family’s account, demand to see your loved one’s financial record and contact a lawyer for help.
Your loved one’s behavior has changed. Not all abuse leaves physical sighs. Even without obvious physical or financial harm, you should be on the lookout for sudden behavioral changes. While some behavioral changes may arise as a natural course of adjusting to living in the nursing home, they may also be signs that someone is harming or neglecting them. For example, if they become fearful, withdrawn or shy away from contact with particular staff members.
The nursing home is not taking your concerns seriously. If you have seen signs of abuse or neglect and the nursing home staff will not take you seriously or outright denies your claims, it is time to take the next step and work with a lawyer who can represent your loved one and thoroughly investigate a claim for abuse or neglect.
You deserve to know that your loved one is getting the care they need. If you believe your family is being abused or neglected in a nursing home, do not wait, Call the lawyers at Davis & Brusca, LLC today.
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