Morristown Drug Treatment Center Abuse Attorney
Aggressive Litigation Strategies against Negligent Rehab Centers
The Law Office of Joseph S. Scura represents victims of negligent or abusive drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers. Many patients and their families turn to these centers as a safe haven, a place where a patient can detox, reassess, and safely learn transition to a life free from substance abuse. However, when neglect or mistreatment from staff, nurses, doctors, or other patients occurs, these safe havens can be the source of serious emotional or physical damage for the victim and their loved ones.
Seek experienced legal help to hold liable parties accountable for their abuse. Call our firm at (973) 832-0841 to discuss your matter during a free consultation.
Common Signs & Types of Abuse
Due to a range of factors, including underfunded rehab centers, a lack of staff training, or understaffed facilities, patients can experience a number of issues caused by a lack of care or attention to safety. Abusive staff may take advantage of patients, or may neglect them entirely, leading to serious or sometimes deadly injuries. Abuse and neglect can also take many forms, including confinement, physical altercations, intimidation, blame, shame, inappropriate physical contact, forced sexual contact, and over or under medicating patients, among others.
Because of a patient’s state of mind in a drug or alcohol treatment center, it is important to look for common signs of abuse. If you have noticed any of the following in your loved one, or if you yourself have experienced any of the following after being a patient in a rehab center, contact our lawyer for help:
- Bruising from restraints
- Unexplained injuries or marks on the body
- Malnutrition or dehydration
- Lack of hygiene
- Weight loss
- Overdose or relapse
- Sudden withdrawal or unwillingness to socialize
Liability in Treatment Center Abuse Cases
Under the legal doctrine of “respondeat superior,” the rehab center that employed the negligent or abusive staff member may be held liable for their employees’ conduct. Treatment centers are responsible for hiring staff members that are well qualified, appropriately licensed, and are free from past misconduct relating to their employment at other rehabilitation centers. If an unqualified staff member was hired, the treatment center may be held liable. In addition, staff members may also be held on criminal charges if there was intentional and malicious abuse.
The treatment center may also be held liable for abuse from other patients. Treatment centers have a duty to provide a safe space for all of their patients, which includes creating and enforcing policies that prevent abuse from happening in the first place.
Pursuing a Civil Lawsuit in the Face of Drug Treatment Center Abuse
If a rehab was negligent in caring for its patients, victims or their family members can seek compensation for the pain and suffering they have endured. Our Morristown drug treatment center abuse lawyer will examine the facts of your matter, thoroughly assess the evidence, and build a strong case on your behalf. At the Law Office of Joseph S. Scura, we are experienced with complex litigation and will work diligently to seek the results your family needs to recover from this traumatic event. Holding negligent rehab centers accountable can also prevent similar experiences from happening to others, stopping the cycle of abuse before it can create more victims.
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