New Jersey Nursing Home Abuse

The New Jersey nursing home abuse lawyers at Meirowitz & Wasserberg dedicate themselves to protecting the rights of the vulnerable. We provide legal assistance to victims, helping them understand their rights, recognize signs of abuse, and take necessary action. Our commitment makes us a reliable choice in the fight against nursing home abuse.

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Nursing home abuse is a concern for the elderly and vulnerable population in New Jersey. Protecting the rights and dignity of nursing home residents is vital as many age and become unable to take care of themselves.

If you believe your loved one experienced nursing home abuse, you have legal options you can explore. Choosing the New Jersey nursing home abuse lawyers at Meirowitz & Wasserberg means taking a stand against nursing home abuse.

You can demand reparations from those who neglected or abused your loved one. We’re here to help. Choosing the right lawyer can make all the difference in your case. Reach out to Meirowitz & Wasserberg today. We will fight for you and your family members. 

Why Choose the New Jersey Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers at Meirowitz & Wasserberg

Nursing home residents often find themselves vulnerable, becoming prey to various forms of abuse within the facilities entrusted with their care. When this happens, there are legal options you can take to pursue justice. 

Over the years, we have won over $360 million in settlements and verdicts for our clients. Our dedication to every client and their family is part of our commitment to the pursuit of justice.

Testimonials from our satisfied clients demonstrate our success. These words speak volumes about our commitment and success:

Choosing Meirowitz & Wasserberg isn’t just about seeking legal representation. This decision is to stand up against nursing home abuse and fight for justice.

Steps To Take When Suspecting Nursing Home Abuse in New Jersey

Suspecting nursing home abuse can be a heart-wrenching ordeal. If you suspect abuse, make sure to take the following steps:

  • Alert family members and caregivers: You will want to share your concerns with those entrusted with the resident’s well-being.
  • Gather evidence: Document every sign or incident of abuse, capturing photographs, securing medical records, and collecting witness statements.
  • Notify facility administrators: You will want to express your concerns to the nursing home administrators and demand an investigation.
  • Reach out to the proper authorities: Don’t hesitate to escalate if the above doesn’t yield results. Contact local law enforcement or adult protective services to ensure immediate intervention if necessary.
  • Consult an attorney: Contacting a New Jersey nursing home attorney at Meirowitz & Wasserberg may help you determine whether the nursing home or care facilities were negligent in their actions.

Rights of Nursing Home Residents

Federal law grants specific rights to nursing home residents receiving Medicare and Medicaid to ensure fair treatment and access to proper care.

Additionally, New Jersey has several laws protecting the rights of nursing home residents. These laws ensure residents live in clean and safe conditions and receive treatment with respect and dignity.

Understanding Nursing Home Abuse

Nursing home abuse includes various forms of mistreatment from staff or other residents within nursing homes, such as:

  • Physical abuse involves causing bodily harm to the resident by hitting, pushing, or slapping. Other forms of physical abuse include using restraints, confining an elderly person to their room or bed, and administering inappropriate medications.
  • Verbal or nonverbal emotional abuse involves any action that causes the patient emotional harm or anguish. Some common forms of emotional abuse include threatening, insulting, yelling, or ignoring a patient.
  • Financial abuse involves taking advantage of someone’s financial assets for one’s own gain. Often, it occurs without that person understanding the consequences of these financial transactions. 
  • Neglect occurs when a facility or its staff doesn’t provide patients with the care they need, such as inadequate medical care, failing to monitor patients’ health conditions, and failing to provide adequate hygiene care.

Nursing home abuse is a significant concern across the United States, including New Jersey. According to the World Health Organization, 2 in 3 staff members reported committing abuse in the past year.

Abused patients may develop stress disorders, lose sleep, or stop eating. Emotional abuse results in long-term mental health damage, often contributing to declining physical health. 

Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

Identifying nursing home abuse can be challenging. However, the most common signs of abuse include the following:

  • Unexplained injuries: Unexplained burns, bruises, or fractures
  • Behavioral changes: Sudden changes in behavior, such as withdrawal, increased agitation, or fearfulness
  • Signs of neglect: Poor hygiene, weight loss, bedsores, or untreated medical needs

When it comes to your loved one, be observant, ask questions, and—most importantly—trust your instincts. 

Legal Recourse for Nursing Home Abuse

In New Jersey, if you or a loved one has been a victim of nursing home abuse, you may be entitled to file a claim against specific individuals or the facility responsible for the abuse. The legal process for pursuing a nursing home abuse case involves the following:

  • Documenting evidence
  • Reporting the abuse
  • Consulting an attorney

Victims of nursing home abuse may be entitled to compensation through civil lawsuits. Such compensation may cover various damages, including the following:

  • Medical bills
  • Rehabilitation costs
  • Compensation for permanent disabilities or disfigurement
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Wrongful death damages

The attorneys at Meirowitz & Wasserberg can assist in building a solid case and seeking justice on behalf of victims. We can do the following:

  • Listen to your story and evaluate your case: We hear your account of the events to understand your situation and identify potential legal issues.
  • Guide you through the legal process: We explain what to expect, your options, and what each step means for your case. 
  • Investigate and gather the necessary evidence: We conduct a thorough investigation and collect the needed evidence for your case, such as witness statements, physical evidence, medical records, and incident reports.
  • Negotiate settlements: When possible, we negotiate with the opposing side to reach a fair and satisfactory settlement for you.
  • Represent victims in court: If your case proceeds to court, we advocate for you before the judge or jury, presenting a clear, compelling case.

Whether you need a sexual abusemedical malpractice, or wrongful death lawyer, our law firm is ready to assist with your case. 

Preventing Nursing Home Abuse

Together, we can work to ensure our elders are safe and properly cared for. Some proactive steps include:

  • Regular facility inspections help prevent abuse by ensuring a safe environment.
  • Comprehensive staff training equips employees with the necessary skills and knowledge to handle and prevent potential abuse situations
  • Elevating care standards ensures that residents receive the highest level of care, reducing the likelihood of neglect or mistreatment

These standards can transform a nursing home into a sanctuary where abuse is less likely to find a foothold. Community awareness campaigns also equip individuals with the knowledge and courage to raise their voices against abuse and hold negligent facilities accountable. 

Reach Out to Our New Jersey Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers

Seeking legal assistance from Meirowitz & Wasserberg is a step towards addressing this serious problem. With our help, you can ensure the rights and well-being of nursing home residents in New Jersey are protected.

Our conveniently located downtown Newark office is easily reachable via car or public transportation. We are less than a mile from the Newark-Pennsylvania Station, near the Newark Museum of Art and Rutgers University – Newark Campus. Our office address is 201 Washington Street, 2nd FL, Newark, NJ 07102. 

If you would like to learn more about how Meirowitz & Wasserberg can assist, contact us to schedule a consultation or call our Newark office at 908-998-2000.

Nursing Home Abuse in New Jersey FAQs

What Are the Potential Consequences of Nursing Home Abuse?

Victims may suffer from physical injuries, emotional trauma, financial exploitation, and a significant decline in their quality of life. In some cases, abuse can even lead to premature death.

How Common Is Nursing Home Abuse in New Jersey?

While exact numbers can be difficult to determine due to underreporting, studies suggest that nursing home and elder abuse is a significant problem in New Jersey and nationwide. It’s estimated that 1 in 10 older Americans experienced some type of abuse.


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