South Jersey Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys
Protecting Your Elderly Loved Ones from Harm
It is estimated that more than a million elders will face some sort of
abuse each year, and at least 10% of those cases originate in assisted
living facilities. When nursing homes take advantage of those under their
care and fail to fulfil their duties as caretakers, it is often up to
family members of the elder to take action. At Burnham Law Group, our
South Jersey nursing home abuse lawyers proudly take up the mantle as
defenders of the elderly and representatives of families in dire situations.
Contact our team today to learn how we can help you seek justice and compensation through
Spotting Different Forms of Nursing Home Abuse
Elders placed in assisted living facilities can face a variety of perils
if the staff is negligent or intentionally harmful. In many cases, elders
are too intimidated to speak up, or do not believe that their cries for
help will be taken seriously. For this reason, it is so important for
family members to know the different forms of nursing home abuse, keep
an eye out for the warning signs, and take appropriate action if their
suspicions arise to fear.
Some of the most common types of nursing home and elder abuse are:
Financial: Elders who want to help spread some charity in their golden year may be
easily exploited by orderlies who want to make an extra dollar. Financial
abuse can take the form of stealing money out of purses and wallets, or
by convincing an elder to write a check in their name. Family members
should monitor an elder’s financial accounts to watch for odd expenditures.
Neglect: Absentminded, lazy, or neglectful orderlies and caretakers can cause an
elder to suffer several health problems, including malnutrition, dehydration,
bedsores, and improper medication dosages. A family member may be able
to spot the signs of neglect if their elderly loved one has unexplained
health problems, or if the condition of the nursing home overall is lacking.
Sexual: An elder who has experienced sexual abuse in a nursing home is unlikely
to speak up about it, as they may be both frightened and ashamed. Uncharacteristic
mood swings, depression, and intentionally avoiding one orderly in particular
can all be telltale signs that sexual abuse or something similar has occurred.
How to React to Nursing Home Abuse
You will need to choose how to react when you suspect nursing home abuse,
depending on the severity of the harm. In incidents where the issue may
be minor, you may simply want to talk to your elder to see if you can
get to the truth and see if they would like you to talk to nursing home
management. If there is clear and apparent danger present, you should
take steps to remove your elder from the nursing home as soon as possible,
notify the police, and, once you have a chance, call an attorney.
20+ Years of Experience for Your Case
Burnham Law Group firmly believes in the importance of protecting elders
in any way possible. We also know that justice is best paired with fair
and maximized compensation to help bring you and your elder peace of mind. Call
856.924.6331 today to schedule a
free consultation and our South Jersey nursing home abuse lawyers can figure out if you
have grounds for a lawsuit.