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Protecting a loved one from elder abuse and neglect

When New Mexico families make the decision to place their loved one in a nursing home or other type of residential health care facility, it is with the expectation that the individual will receive adequate care and attention. Sadly, that is not always the case, and loved ones may suffer various types of abuse or neglect.

If you believe that your elderly family member suffered harm while under the care of a medical facility or nursing home, you would be wise to take quick action to protect his or her rights and interests. Any type of elder abuse is reprehensible, and the individuals responsible for this are accountable for any pain and suffering experienced.

The most common types of elder abuse

Many victims of elder abuse are either unaware of what is happening or they are afraid to speak out against what is happening to them. If your loved one is withdrawn, depressed, has unexplained bruises or other medical problems, it could indicate that they are experiencing some type of mistreatment. Elder abuse comes in many forms, but some of the most common include:

  • Physical abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Neglect
  • Negligent medical care
  • Financial abuse

Bed sores, poor hygiene, refusing to speak and other suspicious signs could point to the need to take action on behalf of your elderly loved one. You do not have to wonder or wait for more proof; you have the right to immediately act on his or her behalf and seek to resolve the issues as soon as possible.

Who is liable?

It can be difficult to determine who is responsible for the suffering that your loved one experienced, and there could be many factors that play a role in your individual case, including:

  • Untrained staff
  • Personnel not properly vetted for criminal history
  • Overpopulated facilities
  • Medication mistakes
  • Negligent security
  • Unnoticed safety hazards

A thorough investigation can determine what or who caused your family member's suffering and if you have grounds to move forward with a civil claim.

The recompense your family deserves

There is no way to reverse the abuse that your loved one suffered, but through a civil claim, you can hold liable parties accountable and secure rightful compensation. There is no excuse for elder abuse or neglect, and your family could benefit from the help of an attorney who can advocate for the rights and interests of the victim and your entire family.

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