When is a Nursing Home Liable for My Mom’s Injuries?

By Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq. a NJ Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation Lawyer
Nursing home negligence, abuse and neglect occurs when a care facility causes injury to a resident because of improper care.  Sometimes this typically includes the failure to provide basic necessities, (hydration, mobility, assistance) failure to protect the resident from health and safety hazards or failure to provide appropriate care (food, wound dressing). Negligence can result in injuries such as falls, broken hips, bed sores, malnutrition and dehydration which may result in severe medical complications and even death.
Physical abuse includes unexplained injuries such as bruises, fractures, open wounds, sprains, dislocations, internal bleeding, etc.  Insufficient medical care can result in bedsores, concussions, strokes, and other injuries. Medication, both over-and under-dosing, can also be considered a form of physical abuse or negligent omission. Any kind of hitting, slapping, kicking or similar mistreatment is definitely considered to be physical abuse.
Verbal abuse, mental abuse, and emotional abuse includes all acts which inflict anguish, pain, or distress through verbal or non-verbal acts. Psychological abuse includes but is not limited to verbal assaults, threats, insults, intimidation, humiliation and harassment. Signs and symptoms of emotional abuse can include causing a resident to be being emotionally upset or agitated, or regressive behavior such as sucking, biting, or rocking. The victim may also become withdrawn, non-communicative or non-responsive.
Nursing home negligence, abuse and neglect is often reported in the newspapers as the number of nursing home residents steadily increases due to our rapidly aging population. When your loved one is the victim of nursing home negligence, abuse and neglect, Hanlon Niemann can advise you of your loved one’s legal rights, tell you what remedies are available, and discuss the appropriate actions to take. We regularly advise families on nursing home matters in state courts and in administrative agencies.
Contact me personally today to discuss your New Jersey elder abuse and/or financial exploitation matter.  I am easy to talk to, very approachable and can offer you practical, legal ways to handle your concerns.  You can reach me toll free at (855) 376-5291 or e-mail me at fniemann@hnlawfirm.com.