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Nursing home neglect in nursing home salon may lead to damages

A woman in another state recently filed a lawsuit against a nursing home after her mother, who had been a resident there, ended up passing away under the home's care. The woman reportedly experienced a reaction to some chemicals when she was getting a perm at the salon located at the facility, and this reaction eventually resulted in the woman's death. If a person in New Mexico experiences nursing home neglect or abuse due to the carelessness of the facility's staff and dies as a result, then his or her surviving family members have the right to take legal action.

According to the lawsuit, the chemicals that were utilized to give the woman perm were not applied correctly. In addition, these chemicals were reportedly not totally removed, which led to her adverse reaction. The woman's daughter claimed that residue from the chemicals caused the woman to suffer burns on her shoulder and also caused her eye to swell shut, which ultimately led to the impairment of her vision.

Due to the woman's poor vision, the woman fell and broke her hip one day. She died a couple of months later. According to the suit, the negligence of the employees at the nursing facility's salon led to the woman's death.

As part of the suit, the daughter of the deceased woman is seeking an unspecified amount in damages for the woman's physical and mental pain, the loss of life and medical expenses. She is also seeking damages for the loss of her mother's companionship. Liability must be established to the satisfaction of the court in a lawsuit alleging nursing home neglect or abuse before claims for damages will be decided in New Mexico.

Source: mcknights.com, "Family claims hair styling led to resident's death at skilled nursing facility", Emily Mongan, Oct. 24, 2016

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