One of the hardest decisions a person may have to make is whether or not they should put a loved one in a nursing home. When elderly or sick family members begin to need care around the clock, it may be beneficial for them to be cared for in a nursing facility. Many times, nursing homes provide quality care to loved ones when they need it most and have all of their needs met to help them live the best quality of life possible. Unfortunately, abuse and negligence takes place in nursing homes in New Jersey and throughout the country, which puts the well being of the most vulnerable individuals in jeopardy.
If an individual believes that their loved one is being neglected or abused in a nursing home, there are a number of steps to take. There are often steps to take before an individual needs to bring legal action against the nursing home such as reporting them to the Department of Health, or other governing boards. If no changes are made, a lawsuit may be necessary.
In any personal injury lawsuit, the individual will need to prove that negligence has taken place. This is no different when it comes to nursing home neglect. If an individual notices alarming conditions in the nursing home such as unsanitary conditions, signs of abuse (such as bruises and bite marks), bed sores, or verbal harassment, they should try to document the conditions with photos and videos.
If you have questions about pursuing legal options for nursing home neglect, contact Shebell & Shebell today.