Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Central NJ

Understanding Your Rights

After Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Harms You or a Loved One in New Jersey

As people age, they often need more care. While sometimes their loved ones like a spouse, children, other family members can care for them within the home, there are times when this is not an option or the level of care that they need is more than the family members can manage in the home. When that happens, families may make the difficult decision to put their loved one in a nursing home. While nursing homes are supposed to be a safe place for the elderly and other people in need of care, our nursing home abuse lawyer in Middlesex County, NJ knows this is sadly not always the case.

Poor nursing home care happens far too often that these victims experience a lapse in medical treatment and care, or worse—they become victims of intentional neglect and abuse. Approximately 10% of elders sadly experience some type of abuse in their lifetime. Additionally, only 1 out of every 25 cases is discovered, meaning that the incidence rate of elder abuse is actually much higher than estimated.

Our nursing home abuse lawyer at Silverberg Law Firm LLC understands how serious and prevalent nursing home abuse is in the New Jersey, and is able to handle cases involving all types of abuse, such as emotional, physical, psychological, sexual, neglect, financial exploitation, as well as many others. This is why we encourage you to call our office today for a FREE consultation, by dialing (732) 992-3000. We are here to help you and your family after a negligent, reckless, or egregiously intentional conduct harms a loved one. We are located in Central New Jersey. We have meeting locations available throughout the state and are happy to come to you.

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We offer FREE consultations and can help advise you and your family on what your rights may be. You may also you send us a message using our convenient “contact us” box.

We are located in Monroe Township, New Jersey. We have meeting locations available throughout New Jersey and New York. We are happy to come to you or meet at a convenient meeting location near you. We also are happy to meet virtually or speak by phone.

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Most Common Causes of Nursing Home Abuse

There are many common forms of nursing home abuse and neglect in New Jersey. Many times the improper conduct could have been avoided with the proper care and supervision of a nursing home administrator or staff supervisor. Some of the most common causes of nursing home abuse and neglect include the following:

Poor Supervision

When there is lack of supervision of staff, poor care is significantly more likely to occur. Unfortunately not all people who are hired in a nursing home setting are caring individuals, and may seek to harm these vulnerable individuals. Some individuals see the care of these residents as a job, and if they are not held accountable, neglect will happen. Additionally, if residents are not properly supervised, they have a higher risk of falling, poor oral intake, and even mistreatment between residents

Poor Hiring Choices

If applicants are not fully screened or swift decisions are made to fill a position, there is a much greater likelihood for bad candidates to be hired. Sadly, an inexperienced person is the least of concerns when considering hiring, as it is the people who have a history of abusing individuals or people who do not truly care about these individuals that will cause the greatest harm to nursing home residents

Inadequate Staffing

Often nursing homes are understaffed and employees are not paid very well. Nursing homes may choose to cut staff to increase their profits, but less staff also means less quality care of the residents. Low staffing generally translates into lower quality care, as employees do not have as much time to devote to each resident, and job satisfaction suffers as well. Our nursing home abuse lawyer can help investigate poor staffing and how it translates into neglect and abuse for nursing home residents

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Common Types of Abuse in Nursing Homes in New Jersey

There are many different forms of abuse that sadly take place in elder care facilities. Unfortunately, the elderly are considered to be one of the most vulnerable populations, putting them at great risk for many types of abuse. Some of the most common types of abuse and neglect that our nursing home abuse lawyer in Middlesex County, NJ could handle for you and your family include the following:

Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse is a horrible form of abuse and should never happen to any population of people. Unfortunately, nursing home residents are at a greater risk for this type of abuse, along with rehabilitation facilities and assisted living facilities. This type of abuse sadly happens all too often. Warning signs of sexual abuse include the following:

  • Blood on towels, undergarments or bedding
  • Behavioral changes
  • Injuries to genitals, such as bleeding, bruising, scabs (indicating healing wounds), or other injuries
  • New genital infections, including STDs
  • New onset of depression, anxiety, withdrawal, and other changes in behavior

Physical Abuse

This type of abuse is common and is quite devastating. Nursing home residents are vulnerable and often frail, leading to an increased risk for injuries. Our experienced lawyer at Silverberg Law Firm LLC understands the prevalence of nursing home abuse, and understands the common types of physical abuse, including the following:

  • Throwing objects at victims
  • Striking a residents (kicking, hitting, punching, etc.)
  • Cutting a resident
  • Improper use of physical restraints, including improper placement and inappropriate use
  • Pushing
  • Biting
  • Tugging, yanking, pinching or grabbing

Financial Exploitation

Financial exploitation is actually one of the most common forms of nursing home abuse that these victims face. Financial exploitation can sometime be difficult to detect, but may include stealing valuable objects from nursing home residents, stealing credit cards, taking money from their wallet, and even trade or sell a resident’s stock. In rare cases, a staff member may change a resident’s Last Will to state that things of value should be given to that staff member.

Financial exploitation may not cause physical harm, but can have severe ramifications for the victim. Residents who experience financial exploitation are at risk of losing assets, including the inability to pay for the nursing home facility if funds are drained.

Psychological/Emotional Abuse

While this type of abuse happens fairly commonly, it is often difficult to prove. This is because there are no physical signs of abuse or neglect, but the resident is still suffering from abuse. Any type of psychological or emotional abuse needs to be handled by an experienced nursing home abuse lawyer in Middlesex County, NJ like ours at Silverberg Law Firm LLC. The most common forms of psychological or emotional abuse include the following:

  • Screaming
  • Yelling
  • Threats
  • Talking down to the residents, telling them they are not worthy, or other demoralizing comments
  • Acts of deceit
  • Lying to residents
  • Tricking residents
  • Name-calling

Victims who experience this type of abuse often become withdrawn and may become very depressed or anxious. Additionally, if severe they may engage in self-harm. Sometimes residents may refuse to see family members or friends, or even talk on the telephone.

Neglect in Nursing Homes

Neglect in nursing homes is quite common. There are two forms of neglect, including intentional neglect or unintentional neglect. Intentional neglect refers to purposeful or intentional neglect. Additionally, if a staff member is aware and knowingly continues to fail to provide proper care, this is also considered to be intentional neglect. Examples of intentional neglect include failing to assist a resident with toileting, failing to change diapers if the resident is incontinent, failing to turn and position to prevent bed sores, failing to administer medication, failing to bathe the resident or assist with bathing activities, failing to change wound dressings, or failing to assist residents with meals if they are unable to eat independently.

Unintentional neglect refers to staff members who accidentally forget about a resident or residents. This is not intentional, and is often due to overworked staff and understaffing. While not intentional, this is still considered to be neglect. Examples of unintentional neglect include leaving a resident in a wheelchair too long, failing to get a resident out of bed, failing to turn and position a resident in bed to prevent pressure ulcers, or leaving a resident in a bathtub too long as well as many other acts of neglect.

Both types of neglect should never happen and greatly affect nursing home individuals. This is why our nursing home abuse lawyer in Middlesex County, NJ at Silverberg Law Firm LLC strongly encourages you to contact us today if your loved on experienced any form of abuse.

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Here at Silverberg Law Firm LLC, we offer FREE consultations, pay the upfront litigation costs and expert fees, and only get paid a percentage of what we recover for you—and only after we recover it. This means there is no upfront costs and no out-of-pocket expense by hiring our legal team because there is simply no fee unless we win.

Learn how we can help you and your family fight back against nursing home abuse, neglect, and malpractice by calling (732) 992-3000 to speak with our nursing home abuse lawyer in Middlesex County, NJ. Attorney Jay Silverberg has over 30 years representing residents of New Jersey and New York, especially in Central New Jersey, including Middlesex County, Mercer County, Somerset County, and Monmouth County. We offer FREE consultations and can help advise you and your family on what your rights may be after improper conduct, neglect, or malpractice in an elder care, rehabilitation center, or other assisted living facility. You may also you can also send us a message using our convenient “contact us” box available here.

Contact Silverberg Law Firm LLC

We offer FREE consultations and can help advise you and your family on what your rights may be. You could also you can also send us a message using our convenient “contact us” box available here.

We are located in Monroe Township, New Jersey. We have meeting locations available throughout New Jersey and New York. We are happy to come to you or meet at a convenient meeting location near you. We also are happy to meet virtually or speak by phone.

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