Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse
We stand up for seniors who are victimized
Moving a loved one into a nursing home can be a difficult decision. We want to choose the best option available to us. So we do research. We ask for recommendations. And when we decide on a facility, we are putting the trust in their staff to make sure our loved ones stay as healthy as possible and are treated with respect.
You made this decision with the best intentions - because you want a loved one to be cared for and have their needs met. Unfortunately, some nursing homes take advantage of vulnerable seniors living there. And instead of caring for them, they abuse and neglect older residents, resulting in a serious personal injury.
Such actions are absolutely unacceptable. That's why we take such cases so seriously at Kotlar, Hernandez & Cohen, LLC. Our Cherry Hill nursing home abuse attorneys vigorously fight to protect the rights of injured and neglect residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities in New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania.
Common types of injuries
A nursing home is responsible for providing an accident-free environment and maintaining a high standard of well-being and dignity for its residents. Unfortunately, facilities do not always provide the level of care and attention necessary to meet the needs of its residents. Examples of nursing home neglect and abuse include:
- Medication errors
- Pressure ulcers
- Physical assault
- Emotional abuse
- Sexual abuse
Fighting for the rights of your loved one
Our law firm believes seniors should be treated with respect, kindness and compassion. When nursing homes don't meet their responsibilities and seniors get hurt, we fight to hold the negligent parties responsible.
Most cases of nursing home neglect and abuse begin when a visitor notices something is wrong. You know your loved one, and you can tell if something does not seem right. Don't ignore or dismiss those concerns. Be alert for signs of abuse or neglect.
Signs of physical abuse can include:
- Bruises and cuts
- Marks around the wrist or ankles
- Decline in physical and mental health
- Anxiety or fear in the presence of certain staff members
Signs of verbal or emotional abuse include:
- Sudden change in demeanor
- Signs of sexual abuse include:
- Bullet list
- Unexplained cuts or bruises on the breasts or buttocks
- Bleeding in the genital area
- Refusing to be touched
Neglect can come in many forms. Staff members may neglect a resident's safety, medical or dietary needs or hygiene. Signs of neglect can include:
- Dirty or unhygienic appearance
- Unexplained weight loss
- Excessive fatigue
- Unexplained illnesses
Holding negligent parties accountable
Our first priority is the health and safety of your loved one. We will take all necessary steps to ensure your loved one is no longer at risk for neglect or abuse. Then our attorneys will go to work to hold the negligent parties responsible and recover financial compensation for the suffering endured by your loved one.
We begin by investigating the neglect or abuse. Our legal team knows where to find evidence that proves your case. We review all relevant documentation, such as medical records, safety inspections and employee histories. We identify and interview witnesses who can provide information about the neglect or abuse.
Our attorneys build a strong case and pursue damages. We may be able to seek damages that include past and future medical expenses, pain and suffering and emotional distress. Our attorneys are experienced litigators and negotiators who know how to get results. Some attorneys, including founder Adam Kotlar, are board-certified in the area of civil trial law by the New Jersey Supreme Court.
If you suspect a loved one is the victim of nursing home neglect or abuse, learn more about how we can help you. Call 856-751-7676 for a free consultation with one of our attorneys.