Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
We trust that our loved ones will be properly cared for if they need 24-hour care. However, it has become an all-too-common occurrence that our beloved family members are mistreated, neglected, and even abused while in the care of a nursing home.
Sadly, almost one-third of all nursing home and long-term care residents will experience some type of abuse or neglect. It is important to note that elder abuse is not limited to physical violence or pure negligence. Examples of abuse or neglect can include: malnutrition, physical and/or psychological abuse, exploitation, sexual abuse, fall injuries, or malpractice.
Many nursing homes are under-staffed, which causes employees to be overworked, stressed, and behave in an unacceptable manner. To add to this dilemma, the elderly population in the United States is growing exponentially. This means more nursing home residents in already under-staffed facilities. Unfortunately, this will continue to cause higher rates of abuse and neglect.
If you or a loved one have been abused or neglected while in a nursing home in New Mexico, it is important you find a law firm that will handle your case properly and get you fair compensation for your injuries.