The decision to put a loved one in a nursing home is not easy, but it is sometimes necessary to provide them with the care they need. Unfortunately, some facilities in New Mexico fail to adhere to a reasonable standard of care and residents are injured, become ill or lose their lives. In some instances, there is outright abuse. People who suspect that a loved one was mistreated at a nursing home should consider filing a personal injury lawsuit.
The goal of a nursing home is to give a person the care they cannot get at home. That could involve assistance with medication, physical therapy, being watched while eating, treatment for illnesses and more. The most vulnerable people are those who are unable to communicate or have an illness that makes them seem unaware of what is happening.
Nursing home errors can include failing to give the proper medication, allowing the resident to fall and get hurt, failing to provide proper care to avoid bedsores and much more. Abuse does not necessarily need to be physical to be a legal violation. There could be emotional abuse, financial abuse and theft. It is wise for relatives to keep an eye on their loved ones, research the facilities and understand the signs of nursing home abuse.
When a patient suffers from an unexpected illness, bruising, a change in attitude, or a family member simply believes something is amiss, it might be because nursing home abuse is taking place. If you believe your loved one is being abused, you should contact a law firm experienced in seeking compensation for personal injury.