Elder Abuse Lawyers: How to Report Abuse or Neglect

Every state has different laws when it comes to reporting elder abuse and neglect. In most cases, professionals, such as doctors, nurses and facility staff, are required to report abuse to authorities. Elder abuse lawyers strongly encourage loved ones, neighbors, and even strangers to report elder abuse if and when you strongly believe something wrong is happening. To file a complaint in New Jersey: Call Toll Free Intake Line: 1-877-582-6995 Email: ombudsman@advocate.state.nj.us Write: The Office of the Ombudsman P.O. Box 852 Trenton, NJ 08625-0852 Fax: 609-943-3479 www.nj.gov/ooie To file a complaint in Pennsylvania: Call … [Read more...]

Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Warn of the Use of Antipsychotic Drugs as “Chemical Restraints”

The elderly and disabled are often on a lot of medications to improve their heath and quality of life. These medications save and extend the lives of thousands of seniors in this country. However, senior advocacy groups and nursing home abuse lawyers are fighting to decrease the use of unnecessary antipsychotic medications. These drugs do help numerous people, including the elderly, but we are seeing an alarming number of antipsychotic medications being used in nursing homes on residents to make them easier to deal with. These "chemical restraints" are being misused by nursing homes and we are encouraging you to keep an eye on your loved ones … [Read more...]

Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Report on Physical Abuse

As nursing home abuse lawyers, we know that having an elderly or sick loved one who can no longer care for themselves is an incredibly challenging situation to deal with. You either have to take on the burden yourself or trust a facility with their care. Trusting the well-being of someone you love with a potentially understaffed and underfunded nursing home is a scary and unnerving choice to make. It is important to visit often and pay close attention to everything to make sure they are getting the care they deserve. Violent Physical Abuse Caught on Tape Diana Valentin, the granddaughter of 89-year old Ana Louisa Medina, started to … [Read more...]

Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers: Special Focus Facility List

The federal and state governments have organizations and policies in place to regulate nursing homes and long term care facilities. The Special Focus Facility List is a list of homes that have received a high number of deficiencies over an extended period of time and will have increased inspections because of these problems. The list is meant to pressure the facilities into fixing the problems found in previous inspections. Failure to do so can result in losing Medicare and Medicaid funding. These facilities can be removed from the list if they show lasting improvements. As nursing home abuse lawyers, we encourage you to do your research … [Read more...]

Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers: Abusers Often Go Unpunished

Nursing home abuse is a real and ever growing issue in this country, largely due to the fact that abusers often feel they can get away with taking advantage of vulnerable and trusting adults. Sometimes, complaints can lead to reprimand or termination , but criminal charges are rarely pursued because law officials do not see these victims as reliable witnesses and cases are often dropped without the presence of undisputed evidence. Nursing home abuse lawyers do their best to make sure those found responsible for these horrible crimes are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Mentally Disabled Man Beaten and Possibly Sexually … [Read more...]

Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Discuss Psychological Abuse

It is often heartbreaking to see the deplorable treatment that our  elderly loved ones endure in nursing homes or long term care facilites. That is why New Jersey nursing home abuse lawyers at Messa & Associates fight for the vulnerable adults who have been neglected, taken advantage of, and physically and emotionally abused. According to the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, psychological abuse is the "willful infliction of mental or emotional anguish by threat, humiliation, or other verbal or nonverbal conduct." Abusers can be anyone from family members or those that are closest to the elder, to caregivers, nurse … [Read more...]

Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers: Unsafe Facilities Can Cost Taxpayers

Inadequate nursing home facilities are not only dangerous and harmful to the residents and their loved ones. As nursing home abuse lawyers, we see how these bad facilities can affect a wide range of people. From the employees who have to work in poor conditions for often little pay, law enforcement who need to check up on these homes and county workers and tax payers who end up paying for lawsuits and fines when care is not adequate. Facility Loses Insurance Provider After Several Accidents and Deaths A county owned nursing home facility in Ballston Spa, NY has lost its insurance coverage after authorities discovered injuries to some of … [Read more...]

Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Warn Against Violence between Residents

The Messa & Associates Blog focuses a lot on nursing home abuse and neglect, mostly from caretakers, nursing home employees, and family members. But another kind of abuse exists within nursing homes - violence from other residents. It is the nursing home staff's job to monitor residents and make sure they are not engaging in violent, harmful, or inappropriate behavior. Unfortunately, due to illnesses like dementia and Alzheimer’s, side effects from strong medications, and general frustration, some residents become violent. As nursing home abuse lawyers, we want you to be aware of this aspect of nursing homes and to look out for any … [Read more...]

Elder Abuse Lawyers Educate What to Do if Victim of Financial Abuse

The elder abuse lawyers of Messa & Associates want to discuss what you should do if you recognize the signs and/or feel you have become a victim of financial abuse. It is not to late to defend yourself and rightfully punish the financial predator who is trying to harm you. The first step is recognizing that you are being taken advantage of and contacting the proper authorities. This may be difficult because often the accused is someone close to you such as a family member, good friend or caretaker. But you must be strong because what they have done is a crime. There are many agencies in place to help protect you from financial … [Read more...]

Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Warn of Sexual Assault

All forms of abuse and neglect, especially when inflicted on those who are vulnerable, are horrible and should never be tolerated. Sadly, as nursing home abuse lawyers, we see the worst of these cases. In my opinion, sexual abuse is the most despicable way to take advantage of the vulnerable elderly who trust the caretakers they depend on to help them with their daily needs. Certified Nursing Aide Arrested for Alleged Sexual Assault Certified nursing aide Christopher Cantrell, 45, has been arrested on sexual assault charges after being accused by a wheelchair bound female resident at the nursing home where he formally worked. The woman … [Read more...]