We place our elderly loved ones into nursing homes and assisted living facilities in hopes that their quality of life will improve. But while many facilities provide excellent quality care, many others neglect or even intentionally abuse their innocent residents. Precise statistics are difficult to track because victims tend not to report their experiences, but the CDC estimates that over 500,000 senior citizens are abused every year — often by the very caregivers who are supposed to assist and attend to them.
If your loved one is being harmed or neglected at a Burlington County facility, you may be able to collect financial compensation to help right the wrongs against your family. Burlington County nursing home abuse attorney Brent Wieand is passionate about protecting elderly injury victims’ legal rights, and will aggressively pursue the maximum possible compensation on your loved one’s behalf. To set up a private legal consultation, call Brent at (215) 666-7777.
If you’re worried about potential abuse, neglect, legal violations, or other mistreatment, you need to act as quickly as possible because you only have a limited amount of time in which to file a claim. This limited amount of time is known as the statute of limitations. New Jersey plaintiffs are bound to the following time limits, with very limited exceptions:
You must not miss these time limits. The statute of limitations is very rigid, and if the statute “expires” and you miss the two-year deadline, your family’s legal recourse will be severely limited. Furthermore, if you suspect your relative is at risk of death or injury, it’s very important to begin an investigation and get them to safety as soon as possible. For both of these reasons, you should consult with an attorney immediately if you have any questions or concerns.
There are many different forms of elder abuse and nursing home neglect. Abuse refers to intentional wrongdoing, while negligence is a legal term which means the defendant did not adequately perform his or her expected duties, resulting in harm to the plaintiff. Even though negligence is not always deliberate or malicious like abuse, the effects can be just as devastating for innocent residents and their family members. There are a few basic key elements to establishing that a defendant was negligent:
Brent will fight aggressively to demonstrate that the facility you trusted was abusive, careless, or negligent in failing to protect your loved one’s safety. To help address our clients’ varying needs, we handle a broad spectrum of injury claims, including wrongful death claims. Our Burlington County nursing home abuse lawyers represent clients who have been hurt by problems such as:
Your loved one deserves to be housed in a safe and sanitary environment with access to quality medical care. If you’re concerned about abuse or neglect, or if a parent or grandparent passed away from their injuries, Brent can help your family explore their legal options. Don’t wait until it’s already too late: to schedule a confidential case evaluation completely free of charge, call The Nursing Home Injury Help Center at (215) 666-7777.
Disclosure: Attorney Brent Wieand’s office is located in Philadelphia, PA. We happily serve clients throughout all of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.