A care facility in another state has recently been the target of fines and an investigation into allegations of abuse. Elder abuse is a serious issue that is unfortunately far too common. Patients of nursing homes in New Mexico and across the country who are targeted for abuse often suffer in various ways, and may be unable to do anything to prevent such negligence.
The facility in question was apparently fined in connection with the abuse of six patients by one staff member. According to reports, this person took unauthorized photos, some of which were explicit, of each of the residents and posted them online. The facility is accused of failing to prevent such behavior, and while a criminal investigation into the incidents is underway, fines have already been handed down.
Emotional abuse can be just as challenging to overcome as physical. Those who are subjected to humiliation by having their pictures spread across social media often suffer significantly. Nursing homes often base operations on an ability to care for and treat patients, and an inability to protect them from abuse may often leave victims and family members searching for answers and/or justice.
Those who are the victim of elder abuse while in the care of a nursing home might be entitled to restitution for damages, but the process can be challenging to navigate alone. By speaking with an attorney, a client in New Mexico could obtain guidance on the best course of action to take moving forward. An attorney can evaluate the situation and assist a client in pursuing compensation through the necessary channels.
Source: wjbc.com, "State fines Chenoa nursing home, police probe abuse case there", Howard Packowitz, July 18, 2017