When a person enters a nursing home, they probably expect to be treated fairly. Unfortunately, not everyone gets the treatment they expect or deserve. Sometimes, sadly, a person may become a victim of nursing home neglect. Nursing home neglect can take many forms and can have unfortunate effects on a victim's life. Victims and their families may be at a loss as to how to proceed following such a regrettable occurrence. Thankfully, victims are protected by certain legal rights, and they can choose to act on those rights in an attempt to impose liability and ensure their future.
New Mexico residents often trust that health care facilities will provide safe and quick treatments. Sadly, this does not always happen. Sometimes, medical malpractice, such as nursing home neglect, medication error or surgery error, leaves a victim permanently injured. Victims in these situations may be wondering what legal options are available. In some cases, it may be possible to pursue legal action against a responsible party in the form of a lawsuit.
Medical treatments are not always simple affairs. Although most New Mexico residents probably want quick, pain-free medical care, a patient's relationship with a hospital may not end following the end of the treatment. Sometimes, a patient may discover that the treatment only caused further suffering. When this suffering is the result of a doctor or nurse's negligence, victims may have rights that need to be protected.
Residents of Bernalillo, New Mexico, who have been sick and had to undergo a prolonged treatment, may have been taken to nursing homes for their rehabilitation and recuperation. Nursing homes are thought to be a haven for people who need to recuperate. However, in some cases, it is determined that the nursing home staff is negligent and abusive to the patients. Many families have complained that their loved ones have suffered severe injuries or worse due to the negligence and abuse of a nursing home staff.
New Mexico residents sometimes need the services of nursing homes to help them with their health care needs. It is often the preferred choice of health care for the elderly who need long-term medical care and attention. People put a lot of trust in the nursing home staff and health care professionals at these facilities.
Families who place loved ones in nursing homes expect a reasonable standard of care for the residents. Sadly, some nursing homes fail to achieve that goal. As a result, nursing home neglect cases are on the rise in New Mexico as well as in other places across the United States.
Nursing home neglect often leads to bedsores for patients who are bedridden. It is extremely important for a patient to get up and move around whenever possible. If that is not possible it is the responsibility of the health care provider to make sure the patient does not develop bedsores. The Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project has reported that the number of bedsores reported in nursing homes has increased by 63 percent in the last decade even though the number of hospitalizations has not increased proportionately.
A lawsuit has been filed against a leading nursing home chain for not providing adequate care to residents. The attorney general of New Mexico sued the nursing home chain in December 2014, citing their thin staffing as the reason behind the negligence and inadequate care.
Nursing homes are meant for our beloved seniors but over the years, many people in New Mexico and the rest of the country have expressed their concerns about the reasonable standard of care in nursing homes, both in the state and across the rest of the country. The concerns are likely genuine because, every now and then, one comes across news reports about an injury or death in a nursing home.
In their golden years, senior New Mexico residents may choose to move into a nursing home dedicated toward taking care of the elderly. Generally speaking, the sole purpose of such facilities is to protect their ageing residents from the effects of a deteriorating body and mind and provide the special care and attention they require. However, nursing home neglect, abuse or mistreatment on part of the staff can also have a negative impact on elderly residents.