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Is Your Elderly Loved One Being Abused or Neglected?

Under the Nursing Home Reform Law of 1987, nursing home residents are guaranteed certain protections of their rights. A nursing home is required to not only protect but promote these designated rights, including a guaranteed quality of life, a right to be fully informed, the right to complain, and the right to privacy, among others. Unfortunately, abusers still manage to find new targets.

Some of the most common forms of nursing home abuse include:

  • Neglect
  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Financial exploitation
  • Abandonment

When most people think of nursing home abuse, they think of physical mistreatment, such as beating, hitting, or other violent actions. While this is a prominent form of abuse, there are also more subtle forms of abuse that may go under the radar without close scrutiny.

For example, a caretaker, nurse, or staff member may use manipulation to trick the elderly individual into transferring funds into their account or may abuse your loved one in a psychological manner, causing serious damage. No matter the form of abuse, it is crucial that you take action if you suspect any type of mistreatment is occurring. Your elderly loved one deserves an advocate who will stand up for them.

Victims of elder abuse don’t always let their family and friends know about their situation for any number of reasons, ranging from dementia or Alzheimer’s to fear of retaliation from their abusers. It’s important to check in with your loved one and keep an eye out for any signs of abuse. If you notice something wrong, you may need to bring in legal assistance to help you secure a safe environment for your loved one.

Call our firm at (732) 440-3089 to speak with a New Jersey nursing home abuse lawyers. Consultations are FREE and there is no fee unless we win.

Examples of Nursing Home Neglect

Nursing home neglect is any refusal or failure to provide adequate care. Neglect may also extend to financial duties if a person has been given the responsibility to pay for bills or other financial obligations. In cases of nursing home neglect, this usually manifests as the nurses or staff not providing basic and expected life necessities to residents, such as water, food, personal hygiene, medications, comfort, and clothing.

If you notice the following signs or symptoms, neglect may have occurred:

  • A lack of personal and/or dental hygiene
  • Bed sores or other untreated injuries / health problems
  • Unsafe living conditions (such as lack of heating in the winter)
  • Failure to provide the proper medications
  • Unsanitary or unclean living area
  • Signs of dehydration or malnutrition
  • Lack of access to running water

If your loved one is in the care of a nursing home, make sure you are aware of their living conditions and always follow up on suspected incidents of neglect. The sooner you report the issue and take action on it, the stronger your case will be.

Examples of Physical Abuse in a Nursing Home

There are many signs on physical abuse in a nursing home, and many times those signs are accompanied by changes in behavior or personality. Your loved one may experience heightened tension with their caregivier as well. Depending on your loved one's physical or mental state, they may be unable to articulate their abuse to you.

Here are some common signs and symptoms of physical abuse:

  • Bruising, welts or scars on the body
  • Broken eyeglasses
  • A caregiver refusing to allow you to be alone with your loved one
  • Failure to administer necessary medications
  • Unexplained injuries (broken bones, sprains, dislocations, etc.)

Standing Up For The Elderly Throughout New Jersey

If you believe your loved one’s nursing home has been neglecting or abusing these rights, you need to seek legal assistance right away. Levinson Axelrod, P.A. stands up for victims of nursing home negligence and abuse, providing compassionate and reliable counsel. With 80 years of experience, you can rest assured that your case is in good hands when you chose us to represent you.

How Levinson Axelrod, P.A. can help with your nursing home abuse case:

  • Investigate the nursing home records and reported incidents
  • Gather evidence to create a strong claim
  • Bring forward a case against the negligent parties
  • Stand up for you and your loved one in court if necessary
  • Provide strong and strategic negotiation skills

Despite many nursing home facilities’ best intentions to provide adequate care, elder abuse, neglect, and mistreatment is a growing problem in New Jersey. Our elder abuse attorneys are here to stand up for victims of this neglect and ensure justice is served in their cases.

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Our New Jersey nursing home abuse lawyers at Levinson Axelrod, P.A. are ready to assist with your case. We represent clients throughout Middlesex County, Somerset County, and all 21 New Jersey counties. We are your neighbors, and we are your lawyers. If you suspect abuse or neglect is taking place, make sure to keep a detailed record of incidents and give us a call at (732) 440-3089 to discuss your options.

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