Many of us reach a point in our lives when we are no longer capable of caring for ourselves. Some of us are fortunate enough to have family members with the capacity to care for us, but in most cases, this is either impractical or impossible. When we can no longer care for a loved one, we often have no choice but to leave them in a nursing home, where we hope they’ll receive adequate care. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case, and sometimes, we find our loved ones to be neglected, or, in the absolute worst cases, abused. This is unacceptable, and our nursing home neglect lawyer is here to hold all bad nursing homes accountable. Contact the Law Office of E. Gregory M. Cannarozzi today to learn more about what we can do for you.
Nursing Home Neglect Lawyer | Here for Victims & Their Families
There are few things worse than realizing your loved one has been neglected or otherwise harmed in their nursing home. That said, by taking action–and quickly–you can do your part in putting a stop to it. Our Oradell, New Jersey personal injury lawyer has extensive experience representing victims of nursing home maltreatment, and he’s prepared to put that experience to work for you.
What Are Some Examples/Signs of Nursing Home Neglect/Abuse?
Unfortunately, there is a wide range of ways in which nursing homes can mistreat residents and otherwise fail to provide them with the level of care they need. There are several examples and signs of nursing home neglect or abuse, just some of which are as follows:
- Patients losing weight or constantly complaining of hunger or thirst
- Unsafe air conditions, such as disturbed asbestos or mold in the air
- Allowing wandering to occur (also known as elopement)
- Allowing bed-ridden patients to develop pressure ulcers or bedsores
- Unexplained cuts or bruises
- Residents showing signs of fear around certain aides or doctors
- Complaints of physical or sexual abuse
- Overmedication of residents
- Short-staffed nursing homes, preventing patients from getting the level of care they need
- Possessions going missing
How Do I Report a Bad Nursing Home in New Jersey?
The first thing you should do if you suspect a nursing home is neglecting or abusing your loved one (and you think your loved one is in immediate danger) is call 911 or otherwise ensure they get the immediate medical care they need. You should also take photos or videos of unsafe nursing home conditions and any injuries your loved one has sustained. You should also make it a point to report the abuse/neglect to nursing home ownership or staff.
Finally, you should report the nursing home either to the New Jersey State Long-Term Care Ombudsman at 1-877-582-6995 or the New Jersey Department of Health at 1-800-792-9770 and speak with a seasoned nursing home neglect lawyer who can help you gather and present the evidence needed to satisfy the burden of proof in your personal injury claim. As long as we’re successful, you and your loved one should receive compensation for:
- Pain and suffering
- The loss of enjoyment of life
- The cost of medical care
- Emotional anguish
- If the neglect resulted in death, the cost of funeral/burial expenses
Contact a Compassionate Nursing Home Neglect Lawyer
The bottom line is that if you suspect your loved one is a victim of nursing home neglect or abuse, our legal team is here to help get the justice you and your loved one deserve. Contact the Law Office of E. Gregory M. Cannarozzi today to schedule your initial consultation with our seasoned personal injury law firm.