The average life expectancy for a person living in the United States is just shy of 79 years of age. Compared to 1950, that represents an increase of about 10 years. By 2025, many experts believe that life expectancy in our country will be over 80 years of age. With an increasing number of elderly individuals living in the United States, including in New Mexico, more Americans will require care in a nursing home. Regrettably, some of them may be at risk of nursing home abuse.
Elder abuse -- which encompasses nursing home abuse -- can occur in hospitals, nursing homes, assisted care facilities and medical rehabilitation centers. It can also happen as a result of in-home medical care neglect. The victims of this kind of abuse typically have legal recourse to seek financial remedies and justice under the law, but they or their family members must first identify the abuse and take direct legal action.
At the Harvey & Foote Law Firm, we take great pride in the work we do helping victims of nursing home abuse and their families seek justice and financial relief. We also take pride in the fact that each case we file represents another step toward eliminating nursing home abuse. Modern society have a long way to go toward abolishing this kind of abuse completely, but on an individual level, victims should never have to endure such harsh treatment.
A successfully navigated New Mexico nursing home abuse case can help victims obtain money for medical care related to the injuries they suffered as a result of the abuse. In the case of an apparent wrongful death, surviving family members may be able to seek financial remedies relating to the tragic loss of their loved one. While no amount of money could ever right the wrong of physical, mental or sexual abuse, a monetary judgment based upon proof of wrongdoing may be a way for victims and their families to obtain some level of closure and financial redress.