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New admissions suspended among possible medical malpractice

In every profession, there are employees who fail to fulfill their job responsibilities. When this occurs, employers in New Jersey and across the country are expected to take appropriate action. In some cases, action may include additional training, but in others, especially if the case involves abuse of a patient in a residential setting, termination may be necessary. Despite having the responsibility of protecting residents from harm, one out-of-state facility is accused of failing to provide adequate protections. Victims in similar situations may choose to file a medical malpractice lawsuit as a result.

The facility, Brookhaven Manor, was recently banned from admitting new patients. A recent report released by the Department of Health reveals why this decision was made. The facility is facing allegations in regards to the treatment of nine residents. In addition of failing to prevent abuse, the report claims that abuse allegations were not properly reported or investigated.

Specifically, the reports cites an employee who berated a resident while changing her diaper, causing her distress. It also claims that residents were not changed for hours. One woman whose mother was a resident recalls that her mother's care would often be delayed. She says an employee informed her that delays in care were caused by staff shortages. In addition to the suspension regarding admissions, the facility also faces a $5,000 fine.

The extent of harm the victims may have suffered is unclear. Even if they have since recovered from their physical injuries, the emotional ramifications of such abuse is often long lasting. Fortunately, there are options for justice. Many victims in New Jersey and their family members often opt to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. A successfully presented case could result in a monetary award that can provide relief for the financial ramifications of such abuse.

Source: wjhl.com, "State suspends Kingsport nursing home amid concerns of abuse", Nate Morabito, Dec. 23, 2016

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