Sometimes, when an aged loved one needs a level of care that we cannot provide ourselves, it is necessary to place our loved one in a nursing home. These facilities can provide a high level of care, so that a person remains comfortable in their old age.
Unfortunately, not all nursing homes in Burlington County meet their obligations to their residents. In the worst of circumstances, nursing home abuse occurs. For example, if a resident is bedbound, and is not turned periodically he or she could develop bedsores. Nursing homes may also fail to provide residents with adequate nutrition and fluids. Medication mistakes may occur. If a resident is not provided with safety equipment such as handrails, bedrails, walkers and wheel chairs, they could fall leading to broken bones or head injuries. There are even instances in which a resident is physically or sexually abused at the hands of a nursing home staff member.
No one wants to think that any of the above scenarios will happen to their loved one. However, acts of nursing home abuse and neglect take place far too often. These acts can make our already vulnerable loved ones injured or they could even lead to our loved one’s death. Simply put, these types of acts should never take place.
That is why it is so important to hold nursing homes accountable for acts of abuse and neglect. At our firm we do what we can to intervene when nursing homes provide substandard care. Sometimes this means pursuing compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering and other damages nursing home residents and their loved ones suffer. We aim to help our clients decide what is best for them and their loved one. The following nursing home abuse overview may provide more information on how we approach these types of cases.