Patients across the country are admitted to care facilities every day for temporary or long-term treatment. With many of these individuals having incapacitating disabilities, similar facilities in New Mexico are required to provide and maintain a certain standard of care. Unfortunately in some cases, patients are mistreated or abused, which often leaves family members of the disabled individuals outraged. A nurse in another state was recently indicted on charges for nursing home abuse.
The mother of a 26-year-old nursing home resident began having concerns that her son was being abused. Reportedly, a hidden camera was installed, which apparently recorded the incident in question. The camera caught a nurse striking and mistreating the patient, who is paralyzed and on a ventilator. The nurse has since been terminated from the facility, and her nursing license has reportedly been revoked.
Family members who are unable to provide a disabled loved one with the care he or she needs may also be incapable of constantly watching over him or her at a similar facility. Instead, they rely on these care facilities to properly monitor and treat their loved ones. If a family suspects a care professional of abuse, they may seek to hold the culpable party fully accountable.
Patients who are subjected to nursing home abuse can suffer in various ways. Family members often consider the safety of their loved ones to be a top priority, and may seek restitution accordingly in instances of abuse. When facing such a difficult situation, families in New Mexico may choose to retain the services of an experienced attorney. An attorney can assist victims and/or family members in pursuing any compensation to which they may be entitled.
Source: nj1015.com, "'Horrifying images' -- Camera catches nurse slapping, abusing disabled man, authorities say", Adam Hochron, April 4, 2017