Is Your Loved One Experiencing Nursing Home Abuse? We Can Help!
Albuquerque Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
The decision to place a loved one in a nursing home is a difficult one. Finding the right home is an emotional and stressful process. Even after the most diligent search, you may end up with a nursing home that fails to provide adequate care and treatment.
Too many New Mexico nursing home residents are victims of elder abuse and/or neglect. The result of such abusive treatment is devastating to the innocent victim, family members and other loved ones.
To discuss your case and learn more about how our highly experienced and compassionate nursing home abuse attorneys can help you, call or reach us online today and receive a free consultation.
Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) suspects that one out of every 10 older adults is abused or neglected in our country, but only one in five elder abuse cases is ever reported. There are few national studies that accurately identify the incidence of elder abuse and neglect, the NCEA says. Statistics on the state level are even scarcer.
The following are signs that neglect or abuse may have taken place, or is currently taking place, in an assisted care facility:
- Malnutrition or dehydration
- Staff refusing access or delaying visitors who come to see a resident
- Staff not allowing a resident to be alone with a visitor
- Unexplained bruises, cuts, burns, sprains or fractures
- Bedsores, pressure sores or frozen joints
- Venereal disease or genital infections
- Loss of resident’s possessions
- Unexplained withdrawals from bank accounts, or changes in banking practices
- Sudden changes in will or other financial documents
- Sudden changes in behavior.
Legal Options for New Mexico Elder Abuse and Neglect
There are three types of actions that an act of abuse, neglect or exploitation may give rise to:
- Investigation and findings by an adult protective services agency
- Civil cause of action for damages (or a nursing home negligence lawsuit)
- Criminal prosecution.
One of the most effective ways to improve the lives of nursing facility residents is to take legal action when problems are discovered. This stops or at least discourages the continued violation of basic human rights as well as federal and state laws and nursing home regulations. An experienced elder abuse lawyer can help a family deal with the emotional issues of a loved one’s abuse and will not be deterred by excuses and protests from nursing homeowners and staff.
The information you obtain at this site is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for advice regarding your individual situation. We invite you to contact us and welcome your calls, letters and electronic mail. Contacting us does not create an attorney-client relationship. Please do not send any confidential information to us until such time as an attorney-client relationship has been established.
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