New Jersey Nursing Home Physical Abuse Lawyers
Experienced Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys Represent Clients Injured in Physical Abuse Incidents in Essex County, Hudson County, and Throughout NJ
When you choose a nursing home for your loved one, you expect the best care for them, which includes keeping them safe from harm by the staff that is expected to care for them to the best of their abilities. Unfortunately, sometimes the people we trust most with the care of our loved ones is not up to standard and can actually lead to harm.
Physical abuse by staff in nursing home patients is a growing issue across the United States, with reports being made every single day. New Jersey is no stranger to these incidents that we wish to be completely eradicated in nursing homes across the country. Unfortunately, up to 1 in 4 cases of nursing home abuse go unreported to police as it stands, which is why it is important to get started on bringing justice to your loved one’s case if they have fallen victim to this horrific treatment by those who are supposed to be trusted and in safe environments.
There are many types of abuse that take place against loved ones in nursing home settings every year such as outright neglect when a caretaker fails to take care of a patient who is supposed to be within their care, financial abuse, emotional abuse, and more. Physical abuse is one of the most common types of abuse in nursing home settings that can be seen on many levels, especially if you are somebody who is in the presence of your loved one at many given times throughout a week or month. There are, of course, signs of this type of abuse to look out for and steps that you can take to ensure that your loved one is taken out of this desperate situation and kept from harm.
How Elder Abuse Happens in Patients in Nursing Home Settings
When we trust others with the care of our loved ones but are not physically in their presence every day, anything can happen. Physical abuse is any type of violent act that takes place against an elderly resident that causes them harm, injuries, or impairment. Physical abuse happens at any age and can happen one single time or be repetitive in nature, happening frequently and even daily. It can sometimes be difficult to identify that physical abuse against a loved one is happening, which is why we must do what it takes to watch out for the warning signs.
Elder abuse takes place involving your loved one and any type of care provider such as nurses, doctors, family members, and other people that the patient has contact with on a daily basis within the walls of the care facility. Here are some common types of physical abuse that take place against our loved ones:
- Burn injuries
- Slap injuries
- Threats of violence against a loved one
- Use of restraints in scenarios where they are deemed inappropriate
Elder maltreatment and neglect are completely different scenarios. Self-neglect might appear as maltreatment even though it is not. There are many signs and symptoms when it comes to determining if your loved one is not being treated correctly by somebody who is supposed to be offering them a standard duty of care. You might think that your loved one has received injuries that they self-inflicted or that they had an “accident” when it is really a sign of physical abuse by a caretaker, which is why it is important to stay informed and know what to watch out for.
Physical Signs That Your Loved One Has Experienced Abuse
By understanding the physical signs of abuse in a patient, we can decrease the likelihood of these events continuing in a nursing home setting. Here are some physical signs that are tell-tale:
- A delay in the elderly patient’s care after an injury shows up
- History of injuries or hospitalizations while in the care of staff in a nursing home
- Bad explanation of how an injury occurred or one that is inconsistent with your loved one’s statements
- Tense and strained relationships between the loved one and the caretaker
- Unexplained withdrawal from activities your loved one used to enjoy
Contact a New Jersey Nursing Home Abuse Attorney at Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari Today — We Will Help You Obtain Maximum Compensation Following a New Jersey Nursing Home Abuse Accident
Our experienced attorneys at Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari are fully dedicated to helping you move forward if you believe that a loved one has been severely impacted by physical abuse in a nursing home setting. Legal action should always be taken in these cases when a nursing home has acted below the standard duty of care and a loved one has been significantly harmed. If you believe that a loved one is being harmed, your first steps should of course be to speak with the nursing home facility. From there, contact an attorney who can help you get started on your case and the following investigation in your time of need. Please contact us to find out what we can do for you at (973) 315-5522.
FAQ: How can physical abuse in elders be prevented in nursing home facilities?
Family of a loved one can help prevent nursing home abuse by watching out carefully for the warning signs that might appear over time. Paying attention to the social patterns of your loved one, their behavior, and any injuries can be a good indicator of this. If you believe that a loved one is suffering from abuse at the hands of a caretaker, you should always report it immediately.
FAQ: Will loved ones sometimes have behavioral symptoms relating to physical abuse?
Yes, sometimes your loved one’s behavior might change and give off warning signs when it is believed that physical abuse is taking place. Some behaviors to watch out for are signs that your loved one is trying to treat injuries without help, a delay in receiving help, and becoming isolated from others unexpectedly or suddenly.