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Documenting and reporting nursing home abuse in New Mexico

Temporary and permanent residents of care facilities across the country have a right to live and operate in an environment safe from abuse. Unfortunately, nursing home abuse is a common occurrence of late, and has led to the pain and suffering of countless individuals over the years. Families in New Mexico who have loved ones who reside in similar facilities want them to be cared for and safe, and they often take steps to ensure this happens.

Abuse can take numerous forms, physical and mental alike. It can cause a great deal of harm to the overall health of a patient. Many individuals who reside in similar facilities may be unable to protect themselves from such abuse, and they may also have difficulty reporting the incidents as well. If a family believes that a loved one is suffering from similar actions, they may soon be in search of answers and/or justice.

When facing such a difficult situation, it is often advisable to document the incident/s in question. In the event of an investigation, this report may be crucial to the outcome of the situation. Some important information to list in a report might include names, locations and dates in relation to the incident in question. A family may also request to view any information documented by staff at the facility.

If a medical professional and/or facility is deemed culpable of nursing home abuse, the victim may be entitled to pursue compensation for damages accordingly. Seeking restitution alone can be stressful and daunting, prompting many victims or family members to seek advice from an experienced attorney. An attorney in New Mexico can assist a client in pursuing a claim against the party deemed at fault.

Source: abcactionnews.com, "How to protect nursing home residents and report suspected abuse or neglect", Sean O'Reilly, April 26, 2017

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