New Jersey Nursing Home Patient Wandering Liability Lawyers
Nursing Home Negligence: Wandering and Elopement
Wandering refers to a cognitively-impaired nursing home resident’s ability to move freely around the nursing home. Elopement refers to a nursing home resident leaving the facility without proper care and supervision. The nursing home has a responsibility to prevent wandering and elopement in order to protect the resident from serious injury and harm. Unfortunately, this responsibility sometimes is neglected.
The Epstein Law Firm represents individuals who suffered injury or accidental death as a result of negligence at a nursing home or other long-term care facility. Wandering an elopement cases can involve:
- Rib and hip fractures, broken necks and other falling injuries
- Weakness and fatigue
- Illness or injury from heat or cold exposure
- Lost patients
- Increased mental confusion
- Wrongful death
In these types of cases, we look at all angles of the case to determine whether an act of negligence resulted in the injury or suffering. Was the nursing home resident properly restrained? Was there an adequate amount of staff on hand? Was the staff properly trained to handle nursing home patient wanderings? Does the care facility have proper alarms or locks to avoid wandering and elopement? Was the resident properly supervised? Our goal is to uncover the truth so we can achieve favorable results for our clients.
Signs Your Loved One Is Wandering
In many instances of nursing home negligence, you are the best defense against serious injury or harm. When you visit your loved one in the nursing home, pay attention to the surroundings. Consider whether you have noticed other residents with Alzheimer’s or cognitive impairments roaming the halls. Question any suspicious bruising or behavior, such as extreme fatigue. You can help keep your loved one safe.
Contact a New Jersey Nursing Home Patient Wandering Liability Attorney
If the failure to monitor nursing home patient wandering led to your loved one’s injuries or accidental death, schedule a free initial consultation with one of our attorneys today. In nursing home negligence-related matters, our fees may be recovered as a percentage of any settlement or award offered to our clients.