Medical Malpractice Lawyer Trenton
As you watch the news these days, you see incidents that shock the conscience and wrench the gut – abuse of our family members and loved ones in nursing facilities. Whether it is because the numbers are increasing, or simply because more and more people are connected to instantaneous communication, these unspeakable incidents seem to be on the rise. There is no excuse for it, but it happens.
What constitutes abuse and neglect varies greatly. Negligence by definition is failing to do something that should be done, such as failing to turn a patient who cannot move to prevent bed sores, or failing to deliver the right medication to the right patient. There are other failures as well, like failing to check on a patient regularly, or simply ignoring them when they have an issue or need help.
Did you know that in New Jersey, the state now has a law specifically designed to protect our loved ones in the care of nursing homes? It is called Peggy’s Law. This new law, enacted in the last quarter of 2017, requires a nursing home staff member to report any suspected abuse directly to the police. Prior to the signing of the bill, nursing home staff members were only required to report abuse to the State Ombudsman, which is not a law enforcement agency.
It is hoped that this new law will give protection to whistle-blowers – that good, decent medical professionals working in health care facilities that see something wrong, will say something. However, even that may not protect our loved ones enough. The penalties for elder abuse in New Jersey in the form of fines and state sanctions to the facilities themselves are a pittance when you consider their budget and profits from insurance companies.
Sadly, there are many times when a family visits their lived ones in a hospital, nursing home, respite center, or other “assisted-living” facility, and the family suspects, or even knows something wrong is taking place, but feels powerless to do anything about it. But those families are not powerless. They have an untapped resource they only need to call – the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, PC.
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The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin have been fighting for their clients and getting results, which includes obtaining judgments and sanctions that far out weight the tiny fines the state would impose.
If it does happen – if you even suspect it – it is important to contact an attorney right away. It is not a stretch of the imagination to believe that a facility willing to neglect, ignore, or actively abuse an elder would shrink from destroying records and hiding employees. The dedicated and experienced team at the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin knows how to gather the evidence that exists, and find the evidence they’re trying to hide. Call Our Office today – we cannot right the wrong and stop the neglect from happening, but we can make the guilty parties pay, and that is often the only way they’ll change.
This content was written on behalf of Greg Prosmushkin.