Assisted Care & Nursing Home Malpractice Attorneys Morris County, NJ
Morristown Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse Lawyers are ready to fight for you and your family
With nearly 10% of nursing home residents experiencing abuse in nursing homes and assisted living facilities each year, nursing home abuse, nursing home neglect, and nursing home injury are growing concerns in New Jersey and throughout the country. Sadly, however, many of these cases go unreported, unpunished, and uncompensated.
The good news is that the Morristown law offices of Smith & Doran is ready to help you and your family. Our AV® Preeminent law team is ready to provide personal and effective legal representation. We know how to fight for your family’s future while at the same time always maintaining an open line of communication.
If you are concerned for the well-being of a loved one residing in an assisted care facility or nursing home, here is some important information about recognizing and responding to assisted care and nursing home malpractice.
Recognizing Assisted Care & Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
Nursing home abuse and neglect can take many forms—physical, emotional, or financial—all of which are damaging and devastating for the victims and their families. The causes of nursing home abuse are almost as troubling as the results. Nursing home employees are often underpaid, under-trained, and overworked, and facilities either don’t have or don’t want to invest in the resources necessary to hire more qualified staff or improved training. Specific factors shown to contribute to nursing home abuse include:
- Poorly qualified and inadequately trained staff
- Workers with a history of violence
- Insufficient numbers of staff
- Isolation of residents
- Reluctance of residents to report abuse because of embarrassment or fear
While some nursing home residents are neglected, others are victims of intentional abuse or financial exploitation. In fact, numerous oversights, accidents, intentional acts, and failures to act can give rise to an assisted care or nursing home malpractice claim, including the following examples:
- Negligent hiring, including the failure to train and supervise employees
- Negligent supervision of residents
- Failure to keep rooms and common areas clean and sanitary
- Failure to keep the premises reasonably safe and free of hazards, from preventing slip and fall accidents to preventing one resident from attacking another
- Failure to provide adequate medical treatment
If your family member or loved one is living in a nursing home or an assisted care facility, watch carefully for any signs of abuse or neglect, including physical signs like bruises or cuts and emotional signs like nervous or distracted behavior. However, when a resident is injured at a nursing home or assisted care facility, it’s not always obvious what exactly happened and who is responsible. In these cases, an experienced personal injury attorney can help investigate the situation and hold liable parties accountable for their actions.
Contact a Morristown Nursing Home Malpractice Lawyer Today
Founding partner Robert A. Smith of Smith & Doran personally handles all medical malpractice cases, including nursing home neglect and abuse cases. He is a Certified Civil Trial Attorney. This means that he specializes in civil court cases, including abuse and neglect cases of any kind. It is an accolade given by the New Jersey Supreme Court to only 2% of the active lawyers in the state. His fellow lawyers have also accorded him the highest possible Martindale Hubbel rating of AV® Preeminent in recognition of his excellent legal knowledge, communication skills, and ethical standards.
Bob Smith prides himself on providing personal but professional legal counsel, and he believes open and honest communication with his clients is the key to building a long-lasting partnership based on trust.
If you or a family member has been the victim of assisted care or nursing home malpractice, Smith & Doran is ready to help you seek compensation and justice. To schedule a cost-free consultation, contact us online or through our Morristown offices at 973-261-6254 today.