A North Bergen nursing home worker was arrested recently for nursing home abuse that may or may not have lead to the death of an 87 year-old resident. Fifty-nine year old Julia C. Galvan, also of North Bergen, was arrested and charged with assault, abandonment, and neglect. Since her arrest, she’s posted $5,000 bail and has been fired from Harborage, the facility in North Bergen, New Jersey where she worked.
Nursing Home Abuse of Defenseless Resident
The victim of Galvan’s abuse was 87 year-old Modesta Alvarado. On January 15th, 2011, Galvan decided to wake Alvarado by slapping her in the head. Once Alvarado opened her eyes, Galvan followed up with two additional blows to the elderly women’s face. Alvarado was paralyzed and terminally-ill and had no defenses against Galvan’s depraved abuse. The only defense Alvarado did have was a “Nanny Cam” placed in a clock radio that caught the whole event on tape. North Bergen Police Liuetenant Frank Canella commented on the what he saw on the tape, saying that it was very disturbing. He commented further:
“This woman lies in a bed, defenseless. She was unable to defend herself. There are reactions she makes with her face and her mouth and her eyes in response to the blows. It was difficult for me to watch. The video was shocking.”
Police made the arrest after being presented with the week long footage that Alvarado’s daughter had gathered on the hidden camera. The footage also showed Galvan violently tearing off the elder woman’s oxygen mask, a task she was neither qualified nor permitted to perform.
Police say that the attack does not appear to directly cause the woman’s death, but that the investigation is being handed over to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office to determine if other charges need to be filed.
Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers in New Jersey and Philadlephia
The treatment that Modesta Alvarado received from Julia Galvan was deplorable. Unfortunately, this case is not the onle one of it’s kind. This abuse happens in nursing homes and long term care facilities nation wide, and measures need to be taken to stop it. If your loved one is a resident in a nursing home and you believe the care they are receiving may be abusive or negligent, contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation, or call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.
The nursing home abuse lawyers at the Mininno Law Office are here to answer your questions and to help you earn due compensation.