Nursing Home Neglect

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Nursing Home Neglect FAQ

Some nursing home operators run a profit-making business rather than providing genuine care and medical attention to the elderly. 

In fact, according to information gathered by Medicare, 27 of the 74 nursing facilities in New Mexico had violations and deficiencies.

Following are some frequently asked questions about nursing home neglect relating to medical malpractice lawsuits.

What is Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect?

If your loved one is in a Nursing home, you should look for signs of abuse or neglect.  Abuse can be physical or mental. 

In the case of physical abuse, look for unexplained wounds, fractures, cuts, black eyes, or other injuries. 

In the case of mental abuse, look for sudden changes in your loved one’s communications with you or staff. 

Concerning negligence, be on the lookout for rapid increase or decrease in weight; poor hygiene or unsanitary living conditions;  bedsores or pressure sores acquired from the facility; infections, falls, wandering off the property, too many medications, and the reluctance of staff to speak to you around other staff.

What do I do if I suspect Neglect or Abuse?

You can report the abuse or neglect to Adult Protective Services at 1-800-432-2080 and also call us to investigate.

Is neglect or abuse common in nursing homes?

Statistics maintained by the National Council on Aging revealed that about 10% of all seniors will be abused or mistreated at some point during their later years.

Can I have a case against a Nursing Home if a loved one died there?

If your loved one died as the result of someone at the nursing home failing to do something that should have been done or doing something that should not have been done, then perhaps there is a case. These cases are heavily dependent on reviewing all of the pertinent medical records and then having a medical expert agree to testify on your loved one’s behalf.

How long do these cases take?

At a minimum, from the time you first call us until there is a resolution, it can take up to two years.

Who is most vulnerable in a nursing home?

Persons with dementia can be particularly vulnerable to abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

Is your loved one a victim of nursing home neglect?