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You entrusted the nursing home to care for your ailing relative. When instead the facility abuses or neglects your loved one, your first feelings may be of anger and regret. You are not alone. You are also not at fault. The nursing home had a duty to provide quality care to all of its residents. The failure to do so was negligent, and the facility can and should be held accountable.
Seigel Law is a premier personal injury firm that serves Ridgewood, Hackensack, Fair Lawn, Teaneck, Garfield, Fort Lee, Newark, Jersey City, Paterson, Elizabeth and Clifton. Our team gives your family attention and compassion that helps you through this difficult time. More important, we also achieve results. Our lawyers truly believe in giving the most vulnerable residents in our communities the assistance they need to reach justice against the nursing homes that caused them harm.
Nursing home abuse and neglect in New Jersey
Abuse can be physical, emotional, mental, sexual or financial and can be perpetrated by nursing home personnel, other residents or visitors to the facility. Claims may involve:
- Medical malpractice — Medical negligence in nursing homes may include medication errors, failure to treat bedsores, uncontrolled infections, undiagnosed medical conditions and other inadequate medical treatment.
- Dehydration and malnutrition — Poor diet, drug interferences and medical conditions that cause malabsorption of nutrients, nausea or vomiting may result in severe and potentially life-threatening dehydration and malnutrition of nursing home residents.
- Falls — Nursing home residents are particularly vulnerable to falls because of such factors as cognitive impairment, medical conditions that interfere with mobility, frailty and pharmaceuticals that affect balance or coordination.
- Assaults — Sexual, physical and verbal assault of elderly or disabled residents is unlawful and can result in both criminal charges and civil liability.
Nursing home duty to prevent and treat bedsores
Pressure ulcers or bedsores are wounds to the skin and the underlying tissue that can occur when prolonged pressure is applied to the skin, typically because of confinement to a bed or wheelchair. Because they are so difficult to treat, the first line of defense is prevention. This is why nursing home staff should periodically move immobilized patients. Bedsores that are not treated quickly and appropriately can result in sepsis, cellulitis, cancer, and bone and joint infections.
Protect your loved one from further harm
Seigel Law assists injured nursing home residents throughout northern New Jersey. Call our law firm at 201.444.4000 or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation with our lawyer-doctor. If your injuries or caretaker duties prevent you from coming to our Ridgewood office, our lawyers schedule your appointment in your home or at the hospital. Through our contingency plan, you are not billed lawyer fees unless we recover damages from the negligent parties responsible for your injuries or your loved ones.