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What should I know about pursuing a NM nursing home abuse claim?

When it comes to the health and well-being of elderly loved ones, like parents and grandparents, top-level care is not just desired, it is necessary. For those loved ones who have not received the best possible care, possibly qualifying for nursing home abuse, this is cause for concern. Injuries and worsened medical conditions can result, if nursing home facilities or staff are not taking their standard of care seriously. There are a few things to take into consideration if a New Mexican finds themselves in this unfortunate situation.

Many who are thinking of seeking damages from a nursing home facility are worried about the fact that they may not have signed a contract with the facility. Luckily, for the injured, this is usually a non-issue since there are several legal theories in which an injured person with no contract with a nursing home can potentially collect.

Determining nursing home neglect from nursing home abuse is determined by slight differences. Usually, neglect is defined by instances where a lack of care or oversight has caused injury. Nursing home abuse is more sinister in nature because it involves the possibility of intentional neglect by the caretaker.

There are several circumstances that may contribute to an instance of nursing home abuse or neglect. Factors, like poorly qualified or inadequately trained staff, employees with a history of violence or even the isolation of residents can contribute to a nursing home resident injury.

While most residents will never suffer through such an incident, some do. For those victims, seeking compensation in a personal injury lawsuit can make things right.

There are all kinds of ways a loved one could be negatively affected by a nursing home facility or staff. For those incidences resulting in injury, the family may decide to take charge. Treating the injury or ailment is of course first priority. What comes next is, of course, the family's decision.

Source: Injury.FindLaw.com, "Nursing Home Abuse FAQ," accessed on June 27, 2016

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