When you place a loved one in a nursing home, you expect their needs to be addressed. If your loved one’s health has suffered because he or she has not been given the proper care, you may be able to pursue the long term care facility for allegations of nursing home abuse and neglect.

Pursuant to New Jersey statute, any suspected issues of elder abuse or neglect need to be reported to the appropriate people immediately. While nursing homes and their staff have a duty to treat their patients with respect and dignity while ensuring their needs are met, they sometimes fall short. When that happens, you need an aggressive attorney who will step up to plate and hold them accountable for their failures and missteps. Fortunately, New Jersey has a statute which greatly assists in pursuing such claims.  Specifically, N.J.S.A. 30:13-8 allows for the recovery of counsel fees and potentially punitive damages where abuse and neglect are proven.

If you need a an experienced nursing home attorney in New Jersey, look no farther than The Law Offices of John T. Bazzurro, LLC.

Nursing home neglect is failing to properly address the medical, physical or emotional needs of a patient. It can result in placing your loved one in serious danger. Neglect can even turn into nursing home abuse, which can cause a more rapid deterioration in the physical and mental well-being of the patient.

Signs of Nursing Home Neglect

Watch your loved one for the signs of neglect:

  • Malnutrition
  • Dehydration
  • Weakness
  • Confusion
  • Bedsores

If you observe any of these symptoms in your family member, you need to alert nursing home management and the New Jersey Department of Health. Also, you should consult with an experienced nursing home attorney to ensure protection of your loved one’s rights.

Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

Your family member could fall victim to physical abuse, emotional abuse or a combination of the two.

Watch for these signs:

  • Bruising on the wrists or ankles that may signify the patient being grabbed or restrained
  • Unusual bruises anywhere on the body
  • Fractures, sprains or other unexplainable injuries

If you notice any of these signs, the situation needs to be investigated farther. If the patient seems anxious, depressed or fearful, and that is out of the ordinary for him or her, it could be signs of emotional abuse. Contact the nursing home management and the New Jersey Department of Health to express your concerns about elder abuse. Then, speak to a lawyer about filing a claim against the facility to recover compensation on your loved one’s behalf.

Contact an Experienced Attorney Today

While nursing home abuse and neglect are difficult to prove, our team is experienced in getting to the root of the problem and protecting the rights of the victims. Our team works quickly and diligently to ensure your loved one is treated properly and that any abuse or neglect ends promptly. We work to make sure the patient is properly compensated for any injuries or health problems suffered from the inappropriate actions of the nursing home staff. Call The Law Offices of John T. Bazzurro, LLC, at 732-410-5350 to schedule a consultation.