New Jersey & Pennsylvania Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
Nursing home abuse is one of the most devastating things a person could endure. The elderly are one of society’s most vulnerable sectors and residents in nursing homes are often unable to care for themselves. They rely on the administrators and staff members in these facilities to provide the care they need. When individuals in nursing homes break that trust and neglect or abuse residents, they should be held accountable for their actions. Below, our New Jersey & Pennsylvania nursing home abuse lawyer explains the most common types of abuse that form the basis of personal injury claims.
According to Elder Abuse Daily, there are nearly 6 million reported cases of elder abuse every year and countless cases that go unreported each year. California, Florida, New York, Texas and Pennsylvania account for over one third of all elder abuse cases in the United States. The Special Investigations Division of the House Government Reform Committee believes that 30 percent of all nursing home and elder care facilities are cited for instances of abuse. If this number is not alarming enough, it is also believed that for every one case of abuse that is reported another five go unreported.
If you believe a member of your family may have needlessly suffered a nursing home injury or abuse, you should consult a New Jersey & Pennsylvania nursing home abuse lawyer as soon as possible. I, Joseph Monaco, am a second generation trial lawyer that has helped many Pennsylvania and New Jersey families through the most difficult of times. I know that one of your pressing concerns is simply receiving an answer as to what exactly happened that led to your loved one being harmed. I understand your frustrations and will do my best to help you get the answers you deserve.
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Causes Of Nursing Home Injuries:
- Inadequate staffing levels
- Inadequate precautions to prevent injury
- Not taking reasonable precautions to prevent falls
- Failure to provide correct medication and dosage
- Failure to provide proper nutrition and hydration
- Disregarding doctor suggestions or orders
- Failure to reposition residents in bed, chairs or wheelchairs
- Failure to accompany residents to toilet
- Failure to detect infection
Physical Nursing Home Abuse
Often the first type of abuse people think of, physical nursing home abuse occurs when nursing home staff members hit, shove, kick, or physically restrain a resident. Any time intentional force is used against a senior, it is considered physical abuse. Physical abuse can result in injuries such as broken bones, head injuries, burns, and more.
Sexual Nursing Home Abuse
Though it is something no one wants to think about, sexual abuse occurs when a person forces sexual contact on a nursing home resident without their consent. Residents in nursing homes often suffer from conditions such as Alzheimer’s, which prevents them from giving consent.
Not all injuries in nursing homes are caused by intentional abuse. When caregivers do not provide the proper care and support residents need, it can be considered neglect. Nursing home neglect does not usually have the same intent as abuse, but staff members and administrators can still be held liable for it.
Nursing home residents are sometimes unable to care for themselves, but they also struggle with relinquishing their independence and they do not want to acknowledge that they can no longer care for themselves. In these situations, nursing home staff members must provide proper care for residents and ensure they are cared for.
Abandonment is a type of neglect that results in an elder being deserted by nursing home staff members. Abandonment can result in an elder wandering and becoming injured, or a staff member may leave an elder at a hospital with no arrangements for their transportation.
Emotional Nursing Home Abuse
Emotional abuse is the act of inflicting fear, mental pain, or distress on an elder. It usually involves belittling elders, threatening them, or embarrassing them. Emotional abuse usually involves other types of abuse, as well, including neglect and physical abuse.
Financial Nursing Home Abuse
Financial abuse occurs in nursing homes when staff members steal the property of elders, or when they trick them into giving away their property. For example, a nursing home staff member may trick a resident into giving them power of attorney, giving the staff member control over the elder’s estate.
Contact An Experienced New Jersey & Pennsylvania Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been the victim of nursing home neglect or abuse, contact me to learn your rights to seek monetary compensation. Before your next move, it is crucial that you have a New Jersey & Pennsylvania nursing home abuse lawyer on your side. You may reach me by calling or texting 215-546-3166 or in Pennsylvania or 609-277-3166 in New Jersey for a Free Consultation and the No Recovery, No Fee Guarantee.