Finding out that your loved one has been a victim of abuse or neglect in their nursing home can be a shock. You need to make moves to protect your relative, but you should also begin taking the steps necessary to hold the facility and any caretakers responsible for nursing home abuse. Our New Jersey personal injury lawyers can help you with that.
What Can Be Evidence of Nursing Home Abuse?
There are a few ways that nursing home abuse and neglect can leave behind evidence. You may notice that your loved one:
- Has unexplained injuries
- Becomes more withdrawn or nervous
- Pulls back when you try to touch them
- Is never left alone with you by a caretaker
- Is clearly living in unsanitary conditions
- Has developed bedsores and other injuries common with neglect
- Has odd and unexplained financial transactions
There are multiple types of nursing home abuse and neglect. Any signs of such behavior need to be addressed immediately.
What Should I Do if I Think My Loved One is a Victim of Nursing Home Abuse?
If you believe that your relative is being abused or neglected in their nursing home, you need to act and protect them. Start by:
Documenting everything: Take pictures of any obvious injuries. If your loved one needs medical treatments, hang onto those bills. If you get any correspondence from the nursing home, keep it. If you suspect financial abuse, get copies of bank statements and other records of your loved one’s finances.
Notifying the nursing home: It is possible that the nursing home itself is not the issue, but a caretaker or multiple caretakers are. In any case, it is smart to contact the nursing home when abuse is suspected. This also ensures that the people running the facility cannot claim ignorance.
Removing your loved one from the facility: If you suspect that the facility itself is a problem and that your relative is in real danger, you should remove them from the nursing home.
How Can a Personal Injury Attorney Help?
A nursing home abuse lawyer from our firm can help you:
- Gather evidence and build a case against the nursing home and/or caretakers
- Fight for fair compensation for your loved one and family
- File your case before the statute of limitations expires
- Hold any and all liable parties accountable for their negligence or malicious actions
It can be hard to prove negligence or wrongdoing on your own. Let our lawyers fight for you and your family and build the best possible case.
Call and Schedule a Consultation
If you are ready to build a case against a care facility or caretaker, do not try to go it alone. Contact the knowledgeable legal team at Rubenstein, Berliner & Shinrod, LLC and schedule a case consultation. We can tell you more about your legal options and how to move forward.