Placing a parent or loved one in a nursing home can be the hardest decision you ever make, but sometimes it becomes necessary when an elderly family member can no longer take care of himself or navigate the home independently. Learning that your loved one was mistreated or abused by nursing home caregivers — the very people whom you trusted to provide care and protection — can be downright devastating.
Upon admission, administrators promise family members that their loved ones will receive only the best of care. Unfortunately, they do not always keep this promise. Issues like neglect, abuse, and medical malpractice occur more often than many people realize. Although the federal government and state of New Jersey have enacted tough regulations to protect nursing home residents, safety violations still happen every day, putting elderly residents at an increased risk of harm and even wrongful death.
If you’re worried that your parent or senior loved one is being neglected or abused, it’s important to seek legal representation immediately. Nursing home abuse attorney Brent Wieand can help. As a Super Lawyers “Rising Star,” Brent has in-depth knowledge of senior residents’ legal rights and is equipped with the practical experience needed to handle even the most complex death and injury claims.
Brent proudly serves all of Union County, including Berkeley Heights, Elizabeth, Plainfield, Linden, New Providence, Scotch Plains, and Summit. For a free and confidential consultation with Brent, call The Nursing Home Injury Help Center at (215) 666-7777 today.
Brent represents senior citizens who were seriously injured or killed due to inadequate nursing home care, including claims stemming from both negligent care and intention abuse. Some of the most common types of claims we see at our practice include:
The majority of nursing homes in the United States are for-profit companies, and the business of long-term elder care has become a multi-billion dollar industry. Sadly, profits often prove more important than providing proper care to residents. In order to run more nursing homes more “efficiently,” owners and administration cut staff members, wages, and resources — sometimes to dangerously low levels. As elder care facilities slash costs to focus on the bottom line, the quality of care decreases.
Improperly equipped facilities and understaffed facilities are major contributing factors in elder neglect and abuse. Sometimes, even good nurses are just too busy to care for all of their residents. In other instances, overworked nurses disregard care needs or even intentionally abuse their residents.
In either case, seniors may be seriously injured or killed if the facility they depend on for care chooses to focus on profits instead. If you suspect a loved one is suffering because of neglect or under-staffing, speak up and contact a lawyer immediately! Your loved one’s health may depend on it.
In New Jersey, there is a two-year “statute of limitations” on negligence, medical malpractice and wrongful death claims. If you do not file a lawsuit within the statute of limitations, you will lose your right to bring a claim. Therefore, it’s important to seek legal help immediately. Investigating a malpractice claim may be time-consuming, and investigations often include interviewing the resident’s visitors, collecting and analyzing medical records, and consulting with experts.
The following nursing home facilities are located in Union County:
Clark Nursing and Rehabilitation
1213 Westfield Avenue
Clark, NJ 07066
Cornell Hall Care and Rehabilitation Center
234 Chestnut Street
Union, NJ 07083
Holy Redeemer Home Care
354 Union Avenue
Elizabeth, NJ 07208
JFK Hartwyck at Cedar Brook
1340 Park Avenue
Plainfield, NJ 07060
1777 Lawrence Street
Rahway, NJ 07065
Runnells Specialized Hospital
40 Watchung Way
Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922
1515 Lamberts Mill Rd
Westfield, NJ 07090
Time is of the essence. To set up your free and private case evaluation, call Brent Wieand today at (215) 666-7777.
Disclosure: Attorney Brent Wieand’s office is located in Philadelphia, PA. He provides legal services to Adams County and throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey.