A nursing home in New Mexico may be held legally accountable for causing injuries to a patient. One family in another state said their grandmother was recently seriously injured while receive care at a nursing home. They have thus filed a nursing home neglect suit against the facility.
The woman's family said that, at one point during her stay at the nursing home, the incapacitated woman had the sheets pulled from beneath her. This reportedly caused her to fall to the floor. According to the family's lawsuit, in the months after the fall, the woman developed a total of 13 wounds to several areas of her body, including her buttocks, heels, feet and legs.
The family assert that the woman's injuries were so severe that one of her legs had to be amputated. They said the ordeal has turned their lives upside down and that their trust in the nursing staff was violated. One family member said the nursing home's negligence was the result of the facility's lack of staff, lack of supplies and poor administration.
The plaintiffs are seeking damages totaling over $4 million as part of the malpractice lawsuit against the nursing home. The civil case is slated to go to trial at the beginning of 2016, and the plaintiffs will be tasked with proving negligence by a preponderance of the evidence. Once established by appropriate evidence, the court will consider claims for specific items of financial damages. In a case involving alleged nursing home neglect in New Mexico, any financial restitution achieved may help to cover medical bills and other losses.
Source: 13newsnow.com, "$4M lawsuit against Norfolk nursing home going to trial", Marcella Robertson, Nov. 24, 2015