Those placed in nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, and/or with caretakers are the most powerless in their weakened state. Sadly, many people will suffer negligence, abuse, improper medical procedures, and even death because of the improperly run facilities here in New Mexico. Nursing home cases are extremely complicated cases/claims with a lot of complex issues, expensive investigations, and the need to hire expert witnesses to testify as to the medical wrongdoings that make navigating it difficult for the average person.
At Gauthier & Maier Law Firm, P.C., we will investigate your case and help you obtain full and fair compensation. We have worked to hold nursing homes accountable for their actions in helping patients and their families receive just compensation. Do not weaken your claim by hesitating to talk to an attorney. Contact us for a Free Consultation at 505-226-3205.
Understanding New Mexico's Nursing Home Injuries and Abuse
Nursing home injuries happen for many reasons, including abuse and neglect by nursing home staff or other residents. Unfortunately, nursing home abuse happens far too often throughout the nation, especially here in New Mexico. Nursing home abuse typically involves physical abuse, sexual abuse, psychological abuse, or financial abuse by a member of the staff or another resident.
When a resident suffers an injury due to abuse or neglect, the resident could be entitled to file a personal injury claim and receive compensation for their injuries. Nursing home abuse is commonly the result of negligence on the part of the company that owns or operates the nursing home or its staff.
For instance, nursing homes might be short-staffed or lacking proper training. The improperly trained nursing staff can administer improper medications and/or drop patients causing severe injuries. Nursing home personal injury claims often require an investigation into a company's policies and procedures.
If your loved one has suffered abuse or neglect in their nursing home, contacting Gauthier & Maier Law Firm, P.C. should be the first step you take. Call us at 505-226-0009 to find out how we can help you and your loved one recover from this violation.
Common Injuries from New Mexico Nursing Home Abuse
The type and severity of nursing home abuse or neglect injuries differ significantly based on the injured individual and the circumstances surrounding the situation. One of the most common types of nursing home injuries is bedsores, which typically develop when a resident is not moved for long. However, there are several other types of injuries associated with nursing home abuse, including:
- Broken bones
- Concussions or other head injuries
- Bruising and lacerations
- Malnutrition or dehydration
- Adverse reactions to medications
- Injuries from sexual abuse
It is also important to note that injuries do not always involve physical pain or harm. For instance, nursing home abuse could include financial exploitation in which the injury is purely financial for the items stolen from its patients. Additionally, a resident might sustain emotional injuries from nursing home abuse or neglect.
Warning Signs of Abuse or Neglect at a Nursing Home in New Mexico's
The warning signs of abuse or neglect at a nursing home can be obvious in some situations, or very subtle in other cases. Some common signs of abuse or neglect may include a resident who:
- Develops a fear of certain residents or employees
- Has a dirty room, clothing. or other personal items
- Has poor hygiene
- Develops a change in their personality
- Has an excessively hot or cold room
- Seems overly anxious or fearful
- Has injuries with no valid explanation
- Loses their financial assets or personal property
It might be hard to believe that a loved one is being abused or neglected at a nursing home. But nursing home abuse happens, so it is important to understand the common warning signs and be willing to report potential abuse.
What to Do If You Suspect Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect in New Mexico
If you suspect your loved one is suffering from nursing home abuse or neglect, it is important to act quickly and seek help. Simply speaking with your loved one may not be sufficient because they might be afraid of repercussions if they disclose abuse to you.
Contacting Gauthier & Maier Law Firm, P.C. could provide you with a better understanding of your options and investigate any claims of abuse or neglect. Additionally, most states have agencies tasked with handling nursing home abuse or neglect complaints and investigating any and all claims provided to them.
It is important to take action as soon as possible if you suspect any type of nursing home abuse or neglect to prevent it from escalating. Call us at 505-226-3205 to schedule a Free Consultation today.