At least 1 in every 10 nursing home residents will be subjected to some type abuse while living in a nursing home facility.1 This abuse can have devastating physical, emotional and/or psychological impacts.
Those who have been victimized by any form of nursing home abuse will have legal options for seeking justice and holding their abusers (and any other involved negligent parties) accountable.
At Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi, P.C., our lawyers know how profoundly damaging nursing home abuse can be – and how crucial it is to have effective advocacy when it is time to pursue financial recovery and justice. That is why we are tirelessly dedicated to helping nursing home abuse victims protect their rights, build strong claims and successfully navigate the recovery process.
Have You or a Loved One Been Harmed by Nursing Home Abuse?
We are ready to review your potential nursing home abuse claim and explain the available legal remedies. Attending a free consult puts you under no obligation to retain us. It can, however, give you the answers and insights you need to position your claim and recovery for success.
What Constitutes Nursing Home Abuse?
Nursing home abuse can include a range of harmful actions taken against nursing home residents. While this can include violence and physical assaults, physical contact is not necessary for nursing home abuse to occur. Neither is intent. This means that, regardless of whether the abuser makes physical contact with a resident or intended to harm the resident, nursing home abuse can still happen.
The most common forms of nursing home abuse include:
- Physical or sexual abuse
- Psychological abuse
- Financial abuse
Some examples of nursing home neglect that may constitute abuse can include (but may not be limited to) failures to:
- Monitor residents
- Assist in feeding or bathing residents
- Provide necessary medical care, like administering medications or treating obvious health problems (like bedsores or broken bones).
Who Is Liable for Nursing Home Abuse?
The person committing the abusive act will be at least one of the parties liable for the harm, suffering and losses (s)he causes. These abusers can include (but may not be limited to):
- Nursing home staff
- Other nursing home residents
- Visitors to the nursing home.
In addition to the perpetrator of nursing home abuse, others who may be liable can include (but may not be exclusive to):
- Nursing home staff – Even if nursing home staff members are not the perpetrators of abuse, they can still be accountable for abusive acts when their negligence contributes to the abuse. For example, staff’s failures to monitor residents can be a form of negligence that allows abuse to occur.
- The companies that own and operate nursing homes – The actions and policies of these companies may also give rise to abuse against nursing home residents. For example, when these companies fail to hire enough staff, fail to properly vet staff or fail to ensure homes have the proper security polices or systems in place, these forms of negligence can all play a role in allowing abuses against residents.
How Do I Report Nursing Home Abuse?
If you have been the target of any form of nursing home abuse – or if you suspect a loved one has been the victim of such abuse, you can take action to report the abuse by contacting the:
- Hackensack Police Department – If the abuse puts you or a loved one in imminent danger, contact police immediately.
- New Jersey Department of Health (DOH) – The DOH accepts complaints against nursing homes and long-term care facilities seven days a week. These complaints can be filed online or by calling the DOH complaint hotline at (800)792-9770.
You can also contact a compassionate, experienced attorney at Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi, P.C. We can help you investigate the abuse, gather the necessary evidence and hold all negligent parties liable for the harm they have caused.
Let Us Help You Protect Your Rights to Recovery & Justice: Contact a Hackensack Personal Injury Lawyer at Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi, P.C.
Verdicts and Settlements
To a nursing home resident who developed a Stage IV ulcer requiring surgery where the nursing home alleged the resident was non-compliant with recommendations to reduce pressure from excessive wheelchair use.
If you or a loved one has been victimized by any type of nursing home abuse, call an experienced Hackensack personal injury lawyer at Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi, P.C. at (201) 585-9111 or email our firm. We are ready to partner with you and get you on the road to recovery and justice.
The attorneys at Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi, P.C. have more than nine decades of combined legal experience. This empowers us with the knowledge, skills, courage and resources to effectively represent our clients and to out-fight and out-smart our opponents. Testimonials from our former clients and our many professional distinctions and honors speak to our record of superior advocacy and success in nursing home abuse (and other personal injury) claims.
Let us explain how we can make a difference in your claim, recovery and future. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you with your claim.
1: According to the latest data from the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA)