Mercer County Nursing Home Abuse Attorney

Nursing home residents deserve to be treated with courtesy, care, and dignity. Unfortunately, elder abuse in assisted living facilities is a serious problem throughout Mercer County, with the New Jersey State Nurses Association reporting that up to 70,000 senior citizens could be at risk. If you have any concerns about the quality of care your elderly relative is receiving, you have a right to look further into the matter and to protect your loved one from harm.

Mercer County nursing home abuse lawyer Brent Wieand provides free legal consultations for New Jersey residents who suspect that a relative may have suffered a serious or fatal injury due to abusive or negligent care.  Brent is proud to serve all of Mercer County, including East Windsor Township, Ewing Township, Hamilton Township, Highstown, Hopewell, Lawrence Township, Pennington, Princeton, Robbinsville, Trenton and West Windsor Township. To start discussing your claim confidentially, call Brent at (800) 481-5206 today.

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How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit in New Jersey?

If you suspect that a senior is being neglected or abused, you should not delay in contacting an attorney.  Speak up!  Do not be afraid to ask blunt and honest questions of the resident’s care takers, administrators, and social workers. If the facilities employees or social worker cannot answer your questions satisfactorily or remedy the problem, Brent may be able to help you file a complaint and litigate the matter in court.

However, you need to act fast.  In New Jersey, claims for personal injury and wrongful death have a deadline known as the statute of limitations. The statute of limitations for injury and wrongful death claims in New Jersey is two years, beginning from the date of death or injury. This means that, with some rare exceptions, a lawsuit must be filed within two years of the incident.

If a lawsuit is not filed before the statute of limitations expires, the claim is forever barred from further investigation.  Even if you aren’t certain about your claim, it is critical to contact an experienced attorney to discuss your legal rights as soon as possible.  Not only will this help you avoid missing the legal deadline, it will also help your loved one get to safety as soon as possible.

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Common Types of Nursing Home Abuse: Claims We Handle

The Nursing Home Injury Help Center handles cases in which a resident has suffered serious injury or wrongful death due to the facility’s failure to provide reasonable care.  Such failure may be a deliberate act of cruelty, or a careless or incompetent mistake — but in either case, negligence and abuse constitute gross violations of your loved one’s protected legal rights. If a facility or staff member is responsible for a preventable death or injury, you may be able to claim compensation for your losses and hardships.

Some of the most common types of claims our attorneys see include:

  • Bed Sores — Also known as pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers, bed sores frequently result when bed-bound residents sit or lay in the same position for a prolonged period of time. They typically occur on the bony regions of the body, such as the ankles or hips. Failure to prevent, evaluate and treat bed sores may lead to painful and life threatening injuries such as gangrene, sepsis, and amputation of limbs.
  • Falls — Falls frequently result in broken bones, particularly hip fractures.  Many falls can be prevented if proper prevention strategies are utilized by caregivers, which means deliberate abuse or careless supervision is often to blame.
  • Malnutrition or Dehydration — Under the provisions of the Federal Nursing Home Reform Act (FNHRA), facility residents are legally entitled to meal plans which accommodate their nutritional needs.  Dehydration and malnutrition may constitute negligent failure to feed residents properly and/or a violation of the FNHRA.
  • Medication Errors — If a doctor fails to administer the proper dosage of the right medication, it may have serious or fatal health consequences, even in the young and healthy.  This is especially true of elderly individuals, who often have many co-morbid illnesses requiring multiple daily medications.
  • Wandering — Also called elopement.  This is almost always due to negligent supervision, which in turn is usually caused by under-staffing or lack of proper training for staff members.
  • Abuse — May be physical, emotional, financial, or sexual.  Elder abuse is known to be vastly under-reported, so it is very important that your loved one feels comfortable sharing his or her experiences with you.  Encourage your loved one to voice any grievances they may have, another protected right under the FNHRA.
  • Wrongful Death — Wrongful death is any preventable, accidental death that was needlessly caused by a person or business entity’s recklessness, negligence, or unlawful behavior (e.g. assault).  The damages awarded in successful wrongful death cases compensate funeral expenses, medical expenses, loss of companionship, loss of financial support, and more.

Helping The Elderly

Mercer County Assisted Living Facilities

Mercer County is home to the following elder care facilities:

Arcadia Nursing And Rehab
1501 State Hwy 33
Hamilton Square, NJ 08690

Care One At Ewing
1201 Parkway Avenue
Ewing, NJ 08628

Care One At Hamilton
1660 Whitehorse-Hamilton Square Road
Hamilton, NJ 08619

Greenwood House Home For The Jewish Aged
53 Walter Street
Trenton, NJ 08628

Hamilton Continuing Care
1059 Edinburg Road
Hamilton, NJ 08690

Hamilton Grove Healthcare And Rehabilitation
2300 Hamilton Ave
Hamilton, NJ 08619

Lawrenceville Nursing And Rehabilitation Center
112 Franklin Corner Road
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

Mercerville Center
2240 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road
Mercerville, NJ 08619

Morris Hall / St Joseph’S Nursing Center
1 Bishops Drive
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

Pavillions At Forrestal Health And Rehabilitation
5000 Windrow Drive
Princeton, NJ 08540

Presbyterian Home – Meadow Lakes
300 Meadow Lakes
Hightstown, NJ 08520

Princeton Care Center
728 Bunn Drive
Princeton, NJ 08540

Providence Nursing And Rehabilitation Center
439 Bellevue Avenue
Trenton, NJ 08618

Riverside Nursing And Rehabilitation Center
325 Jersey Street
Trenton, NJ 08611

Royal Health Gate Nrsg Rehab
1314 Brunswick Avenue
Trenton, NJ 08638

St Lawrence Rehab Center
2381 Lawrenceville Road
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

Waters Edge Healthcare & Rehab
512 Union Street
Trenton, NJ 08611

If you believe that your elderly loved one has been harmed by his or her caregivers, you should contact The Nursing Home Injury Help Center for a free consultation regarding your rights and legal options.  To speak privately with a nursing home abuse attorney, call (800) 481-5206 today.

Disclosure: Attorney Brent Wieand’s office is located in Philadelphia, PA.  We happily serve clients throughout all of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

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