Placing a loved-one in a nursing home or long-term care facility is one of the most difficult decisions a family member can make. We entrust elder care facilities with our loved-ones with the hope they will treat those individuals with the care and dignity they deserve. Some senior care facilities in New Mexico, however, put profits ahead of our loved-one’s health causing them great harm. If you or a loved-one has been harmed by the abuse or neglect of a nursing home or long-term care facility in New Mexico, Potts Law Firm has a team of elder law attorneys and medical professionals available to assist. We investigate all types of nursing home negligence resulting in physical injury, death or other compensable harm.
Nursing home abuse and neglect has become an American epidemic. The scope of the problem is not fully known because residents of such care facilities may suffer from Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia and may be unable to effectively communicate abuses to their family members. What is known is nearly 1/3 of all nursing homes experience some level of abuse and neglect and a mass majority have been found to have at least one deficiency upon inspection. With advancements in medicine and a large aging population, it is estimated that 3.2 million American adults currently reside in nursing homes or long-term care facilities. While a majority of those individuals receive quality care, many unfortunately suffer from abuse and neglect.
Nursing homes in New Mexico are regrettably businesses first and are often run by large corporations seeking to maximize profits. Long-term senior care facilities are attractive business opportunities because they are lucrative and can generate millions in revenue. While many facilities are managed properly, others put profits over patients by understaffing the number of nurses and nurse assistants. Furthermore, they may not use appropriate background checks to screen out individuals who have no business taking care of vulnerable long-term care residents. Overall, this business model creates an overworked, understaffed, and undertrained staff that cannot or will not meet the demands of residents who may desperately require around-the-clock care.
New Mexico law on nursing home abuse is complex. You need to have a New Mexico Nursing Home Abuse lawyer who knows what they are doing to get you and your family the justice you deserve. If you or a loved-one has suffered from nursing home abuse or neglect, please contact our office at 888-902-6245.