Individuals reside at nursing homes or long-term care facilities to ensure that they are properly cared for. Most residents are elderly persons who need assistance with basic care. Nursing homes provide necessities such as shelter, food, clothing and medical care. Along with basic necessities, residents are to be treated with respect and dignity. Respect and dignity include the right to privacy, communication with loved ones, visitors, and a good quality of life. Unfortunately, nursing home residents sometimes do not have good quality of life and are mistreated. This may be in the form of neglect, abuse or exploitation by the care facility. If your loved one is a resident in a nursing home and has been injured, contact an experienced nursing home attorney at Sanders, Bruin, Coll & Worley, P.A. to learn about your legal rights and options.
Over the years, the public has become aware of this growing problem of nursing home neglect. This has lead to the enactment of laws to protect nursing home residents. These laws protect against physical and mental abuse, exploitation and neglect. There are various legal options for a victim of nursing home neglect. Legal options can include civil actions or criminal liability for those guilty of abuse. A civil action is a claim for money damages. Criminal prosecution, however, does not compensate the victim of abuse. It punishes the guilty for the harmful conduct. If a care facility is found liable of abuse, there may be sanctions as well. Sanctions may include the facility losing its license to operate, loss of state and federal revenue, through programs such as Medicaid.
When you or a loved one has been injured because of abuse or neglect in a nursing home, you need an attorney experienced with nursing home neglect cases. At Sanders, Bruin, Coll & Worley, P.A., our lawyers handle difficult, tragic nursing home cases in New Mexico.
With Offices in Roswell, Albuquerque and Hobbs, we can meet with you at our law firm, or in some cases, we will travel to meet you. Contact us at any time for a free consultation with an attorney experienced in the area of nursing home negligence.