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When our elderly loved ones need a level of professional care that exceeds our limits, we entrust them to the care of strangers in a nursing home. By placing a beloved family member in a facility with around-the-clock care, we assume we are providing the best possible environment for their needs. Sadly, some facilities violate that trust when we discover that our vulnerable family member has been the target of abuse or neglect in a nursing home, the very facility we believed was best for their needs.

If your loved one has been harmed in a nursing home, you can help them achieve justice by letting the South Jersey nursing home abuse attorneys of Grungo Law amplify their voice and recover full compensation for damages. Although no amount of compensation can erase this devasting harm, it’s the only available means of achieving justice through civil action, separate from any criminal action against the liable party.

Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

Federal nursing home regulations define abuse as “ the intentional infliction of injuries, unreasonable confinement, intimidation, or withholding of care.” Any “punishments” a staff member inflicts on an elderly resident that results in physical harm or mental anguish are egregious forms of nursing home abuse. Sadly, many victims of abuse in nursing homes are physically or mentally unable to tell their loved ones of their injuries, and others refrain from complaining out of shame or fear of retaliation from their abusive caregivers. Some signs of nursing home abuse include the following:

  • Bandages and bruises
  • Fractures
  • Head injuries
  • Bloodstains and torn clothing and bedding
  • Broken personal items such as eyeglasses, dentures, and hearing aids
  • Marks around the mouth, wrists, and ankles
  • Bleeding and bruising of the genitals or anus
  • Anxiety and emotional withdrawal
  • Reluctance to talk in front of caregivers
  • Poor hygiene, bedsores, and malnutrition

The elderly are as vulnerable to abuse as young children. A horrifying statistic warns family members that 40% of nursing home residents report experiencing abuse. It’s estimated that the true number is far greater since many residents aren’t capable of reporting abuse.

If you suspect abuse, make a report to the police right away and then call a South Jersey injury lawyer at Grungo Law. We have nothing but compassion for elderly victims of this most devastating type of personal injury.

Liability in South Jersey Nursing Home Abuse Claims

Those we task with caring for vulnerable loved ones owe a duty to provide care at the accepted standards of the medical community and to protect vulnerable elderly residents from harm. When a nursing home facility fails in this duty and a patient sustains physical and emotional injuries, the facility is liable for damages. A civil claim for recovering damages can proceed regardless of any pending criminal charges or whether or not there is a criminal conviction. A successful claim means the facility owes damages to the injured elderly victim and/or their close family members.

What Damages Can I Recover From a Nursing Home Abuse Case in South Jersey?

If your elderly family member has suffered abuse in a nursing home, the South Jersey nursing home abise lawyers at Grungo Law are ready to passionately advocate for the maximum compensation for damages including:

  • Medical care to treat injuries
  • Ongoing medical and psychological treatment
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional anguish
  • Punitive damages

New Jersey tort law allows victims of the most egregious forms of personal injury to file for punitive damages up to 5 times the amount of compensation awarded or $350,000 dollars, depending on which is greater. Punitive damages aren’t meant as compensation, but as a punishment and deterrent to the liable party, but they can also help relieve financial burdens for families of abuse victims who require ongoing care.

Unfortunately, some instances of abuse are so severe that they can be fatal, and our wrongful death lawyers in South Jersey are here for you if require their professional experience.

Why Choose Us for Your South Jersey Nursing Home Abuse Case?

At Grungo Law, our South Jersey nursing home abuse attorneys believe every elderly person deserves to be treated with kindness and consideration for their dignity. We will proudly advocate for the maximum compensation for the damages caused by nursing home staff members who abuse or neglect the vulnerable elderly residents entrusted into their care. Contact our law office today so we can ensure your loved one’s voice is heard.