Nursing Home Abuse in New Jersey
New Jersey Woman Arrested for Stealing at Assisted Living Facility
May 22, 2013
A Manchester, New Jersey woman was arrested last week after being charged with stealing prescription medication at a local assisted living facility. State laws mandate that exploitation, including stealing pills, is a form of assisted living abuse in New Jersey.
According to the Manchester police, 32-year-old Lauren Thom, a nursing director at Arista Care Assisted Living Facility, was arrested last Wednesday, May 16, while a work. Police received a call at around 10:46 p.m. from Arista Care, located in the Whiting area of Manchester Townships. The caller stated that Thom was stealing prescription from the residents of the facility and taking the drugs for her own use. Shortly after the complaint, police launched an investigation and found several different kinds of prescription medication in Thom’s possession.
According to the New Jersey Nursing Home Residents’ Bill of Rights (N.J.S.A. 30:13-5), the state of New Jersey has strict laws in place for elder and assisted living abuse. Financial exploitation is defined as using an elderly victim’s property for personal gain or profit, whether through stealing, taking, coercing, bribing, forcing, and/or intimidation. A victim’s property includes valuables, medication, money, a driver’s license and other forms of identification, bank account information, personal checks, and more.
If someone is charged with financial exploitation, not only may felony criminal charges apply, but the victim and/or the victim’s loved ones have the right to file civil charges and seek damages. Unfortunately, even with laws in place to protect vulnerable adults, New Jersey has extremely high incidents of financial exploitation when compared to other U.S. states.
Manchester police arrested Thom, but she is now out, awaiting trial, on a $5,000 bail. She’s been charged with a total of five felony counts of theft and an additional five felony counts of possesion of Controlled Dangerous Substances.
If you or your loved one has been victim to assisted living abuse, an experienced assisted living attorney may be able to assist. Nursing home abuse lawyers have helped numerous clients go on to successfully win their cases. Call today for a free consultation.
New Jersey Nursing Home Responds to Lawsuit
March 28, 2011
The Palisades Medical Center nursing home in New Jersey has responded to a lawsuit being filed against them saying they did everything they could when they were notified of the nursing home abuse. They went on to say they have zero tolerance policy for abuse.
This statement comes after a lawsuit was filed against the nursing home by the family of an 87-year-old deceased former resident of the nursing facility who is show on video taken from a hidden camera being hit by her caregiver. The victim was paralyzed and completely unable to defend herself.
Shocking accounts of nursing home abuse and neglect are found in all areas of our country. When you notice signs of nursing home abuse or neglect you should notify authorities immediately and contact a nursing home abuse lawyer. The legal action you take can help bring justice to your family and help protect others from suffering abuse in nursing homes.
New Jersey Family Suing for Nursing Home Abuse
March 21, 2011
A New Jersey family says they are suing The Harborage Nursing Home after they caught their mother being beaten on a hidden camera. The video led to the arrest and firing of the aid who allegedly assaulted their mother.
The daughter of the 87-year-old victim says she watched the video after the death of her mother and learned of the nursing home abuse. After the video was brought to police the victim’s aid was arrested and charged with assault, abandonment, and neglect of the elderly.
The family says they started noticing bruises on their mother and decided to use a hidden camera when complaints to the nursing home and state officials did not help. The elderly victim had been in the nursing home for seven years after being paralyzed from a stroke.
Abuse of the elderly in nursing homes is a crime almost unthinkable to most, but in reality nursing home abuse and neglect happens all the time in our country. If you suspect your loved one is a victim of nursing home abuse we urge you to notify authorities and contact a nursing home abuse lawyer.
Nursing Home Abuse Between Residents Leads to Death of Resident
March 5, 2011
The death of a nursing home resident at Newport Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in New Jersey has been classified as a homicide. The death was the result of a fight between two dementia patients.
The altercation, however, appears to be a case of self defense as one resident tried to throw a television at the other and was hit in the head with a plastic garbage can by the other resident. The blow caused a cut on the attacking residents head and he died a few days later from a brain hemorrhage.
Although labeled a homicide, the resident who acted in defense of himself has not been charged with a crime.
“A death following resident on resident nursing home abuse is very rare,” said Marilyn Riley, spokeswoman for the state Department of Health and Senior Services.
Resident on resident abuse in nursing homes is another form of nursing home abuse. If you or a family member has been a victim of another nursing home resident’s abuse you should contact authorities immediately and get in touch with a qualified nursing home abuse lawyer.