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Assault on Elderly/Disabled Persons

Perpetrators Can Be Held Criminally and Civilly Liable for Assault on the Elderly in New Jersey

Our lawyer-doctor defends the rights of people with disabilities and seniors

Assaults in nursing homes can occur at the hands of staff members, other residents or visitors to the facility. Assaults may be physical, emotional or sexual in nature. Regardless of the perpetrator or the specifics of the crime, the nursing home is responsible for failing to protect its residents from harm.

Seigel Law was founded in 1976 with the mission of helping injury victims in Ridgewood, Hackensack, Fair Lawn, Teaneck, Garfield, Fort Lee, Newark, Jersey City, Paterson, Elizabeth and Clifton. Our first priority is to ensure that your loved one is safe. We then take decisive steps to obtain compensation for the nursing home injuries your family member so cruelly sustained.

New Jersey criminal laws governing elder abuse

New Jersey’s criminal codes recognize the vulnerability of seniors to abuse and apply special criminal sanctions. A nurse, doctor, administrator or other member of the nursing home staff may be charged with endangering the welfare of the elderly or disabled if:

  • The person has a legal duty to care for an individual who is age 60 or older or is emotionally, psychologically or physically disabled.
  • The caretaker unreasonably neglects to perform tasks necessary for the physical or mental health of the elderly or disabled person.

In addition, nursing home personnel are required to report abuse of people classified as elderly or disabled to the New Jersey commissioner of the Department of Human Services or to Adult Protective Services.

Why seniors and people with disabilities are at risk of abuse

Some seniors and people with disabilities are susceptible to abuse and exploitation for several reasons, including:

  • Medical conditions that affect physical and mental capacities
  • Frailty and natural loss of physical strength
  • Loss of cognitive ability and memory
  • Limited communication
  • Loneliness and depression
  • Isolation from loved ones
  • Lack of social services

Recognizing abusive behavior of nursing home residents

Nursing homes get away with abuse because residents often cannot or will not speak up out of fear, embarrassment or the physical inability to do so. Be your loved one’s eyes and ears and let us be the voice to put an end to the abuse.

Some signs that an assault occurred include:

  • Broken bones
  • Lacerations
  • Bruises
  • Withdrawal, depression or anxiety
  • Cowering when a staff member or another resident comes near
  • Loss of property

Take action to protect your family member from abuse

Seigel Law is dedicated to protecting elderly and disabled patients’ rights in northern New Jersey. Call our medical malpractice law firm at 201.444.4000 or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation with a lawyer-doctor at our Ridgewood office, in your home or at the long-term care facility. Through our contingency arrangement, you are not responsible for paying lawyer fees unless we recover damages for your loved one.

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    By Teresa R Perez - January, 2018

    I have had a great experience thus far. The personal injury process is stressful and they have been helpful and courteous in getting me the right referrals. I was injured while visiting NJ and live in another state, my case is not an easy one but they are working diligently to help. I appreciate the personalized attention and highly recommend this firm.

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    By Miriam Smith-Leone - December, 2017

    The law office was great with my back and neck injury. They directed me to the right doctors and got me a huge settlement. Being a single mom, it help pay off all my debt and bills. Me and my kids can have a bill free christmas, with plenty of food and happiness, stress free. They are the best ever and I would highly recommend them to anyone rich or poor, who has been in an accident and need legal help...

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    By L C - October, 2017

    After the misfortune of suffering an injury, I had the good fortune to choose Seigel Law to represent me. During my initial meeting with Jan Seigel, I found him to be extremely confident and reassuring---he totally put me at ease. I was represented by Mark Mc Bratney---an EXCELLENT attorney. He was supportive and professional through the entire process, and provided an excellent outcome for my case.

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    Honest, trustworthy and very straight forward. In unvarnished truth Jonas Siegel will tell you exactly where you stand and what direction you should go. Jonas has tenacity coupled with a degree of tenderness, but never losing site of the end goal, which is to protect, defend and have the best outcome for his clients. I defenetly recoment this law firm. Thanks for helping me out in my case.

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    I'd like to thank everyone at segal law for the amazing experience they provided me. From the moment I stepped in to the end of the case , segal and his team delivered exactly what they promised. I couldn't have received any better treatment from a law firm. Any concerns, questions or problems I had were addressed and dealt with accordingly...

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What we offer our clients


Personal injury and medical knowledge

Our knowledgeable team of personal injury lawyers includes a medical doctor who advises on complex medical topics


One-on-one attorney attention

By maintaining a limited number of cases, our attorneys can provide personalized attention to each client we serve


Results-oriented strategies

Our lawyers have won numerous high verdicts and settlements, many in the high six- and seven-figure range, for our injured clients


Trial experience

Every trial attorney in our firm is a certified trial attorney by the New Jersey Supreme Court


Communication as a priority

We understand how important communication is to a successful attorney-client relationship, we return calls within 24 hours


Community involvement

Our lawyers and staff are active in community outreach and community service programs

  • "The lawyers at Seigel Law know how to get you the results you want. Jan Seigel and His team returned every one of my phone calls, listened to me and worked with me to a desirable outcome. Seigel Law definitely goes above and beyond to protect the injured." - B.M.

  • "After my car accident, my life turned into a disaster. Dealing with everything became impossible. Jan Seigel and his people helped me with every aspect of my injuries and the insurance companies so I could focus on healing. They helped me through everything and they got me what I was due." - M.P.

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