As our population ages, greater numbers of people have spent time in their later years in assisted living or nursing homes. Unfortunately, not all nursing homes provide the quality of services that one would hope. At times, residents of nursing homes can be mistreated or injured. Once it is discovered that a family member is being mistreated or has been injured, you will need to consult with a knowledgeable NJ nursing home abuse lawyer.
Nursing home abuse can come in a variety of forms. It can be a simple as pure neglect. Many residents of nursing homes are confined to a bed. Staff at a nursing home have to ensure that patients do not develop bed sores that could lead to infection, illness, and even death.
Nursing home abuse can sometimes involve the failure to report or treat injuries. When a patient falls in a nursing home, the staff should not be assuming that the patient is just fine. Worse yet, the staff should not try to cover up the fall by failing to document it.
Finally, nursing home abuse can also be intentional acts. Staff could fail to feed or could outright assault patients.
In NJ, nursing homes can be sued for their failure to properly care for residents. The first step in such cases is to involve an expert witness to review the entire records involving the patient.
If you would like an initial consultation with NJ nursing home abuse lawyer Ronald J. Wronko, please contact him at (973) 360-1001.