Nursing Home Negligence – Stand Up For Your Loved Ones

on February 18, 2014 by Gene M. Lerner

Gene's picIf you have a loved one living in a nursing home, it is essential that you monitor their care. Individuals who are unable to care for themselves are vulnerable to being the victims of abuse and neglect. If you believe your loved one has been injured as a result of nursing home negligence, it is important to confer with a personal injury attorney for help.

According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, there is an increasing trend in the reporting of elder abuse. Sadly, there are still an overwhelming number of cases of abuse, neglect, and exploitation that go undetected and untreated each year. In 2010, it was reported that there were more than 5 million elderly abuse cases. Thus, it is important to understand that if you are facing this situation, you are not alone.

Neglect or abuse can happen to any resident in any facility. However, the most common victim of elder abuse or neglect is an individual who does not have the mental or physical capacity to defend themselves or complain to others. A few of the common signs that abuse or neglect has occurred include:

  • Bedsores or skin ulcers
  • Broken bones
  • Dehydration, malnutrition or unexplained weight loss
  • Injuries from physical restraints
  • Injuries resulting from improper supervision
  • Sexual abuse
  • Uncharacteristic anger, fear or apathy
  • Unexplained bruising, abrasions or skin tears
  • Nursing home staff refuses to allow visitors to see the resident, especially alone

Some of the above injuries can also occur in a legitimate accident, so it can be difficult to know if you should seek legal help. However, if the nursing home does not immediately contact you after the injury and give a full explanation of the incident or offer a report from the attending physician, you should get help. Contact a personal injury lawyer at Slater, Tenaglia, Fritz & Hunt for the advice and guidance you need. We can investigate the circumstances surrounding your loved one’s injuries and explain all of your legal options.

If you or a loved one has been injured by another party’s negligence, contact Slater, Tenaglia, Fritz & Hunt to schedule a free initial consultation. We can help you understand your legal options and how you can recover for your medical bills and other damages suffered from the accident. If you need assistance, or are interested in learning more, please contact us by phone at (201) 820-6001 in New Jersey or (212) 692-0200 in New York. We can also be found on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+, YouTube and on the Internet. All personal injury cases are handled on a contingency fee basis, which means there is no risk to you.