Families in New Mexico and across the country may often go to great lengths to protect the ones they love. When the family of a nursing home resident begins to suspect mistreatment or neglect, they may wish to take action against the party thought to be at fault, but the process can be complex. A family in another state recently installed a camera in the room of a patient, which allegedly uncovered several acts of nursing home abuse.
These events began when a person became suspicious that his father was being subjected to neglect and abuse. He reportedly complained about one employee in particular, and apparently decided to install a hidden camera to catch signs of abuse. After witnessing several indecent acts involving both neglect and abuse, he decided to take action, which lead to a subsequent police investigation.
A nursing aid recently faced felony charges in relation to these incidents, which according to reports, eventually resulted in a plea deal for misdemeanor battery. One of the issues in this situation evidently involved the methods used when installing the camera. Although the footage indicated the presence of wrongdoing, the facility was apparently unaware of its placement.
When a family member believes that a loved one has become the victim of nursing home abuse, he or she may find it advisable to seek assistance for the road ahead. By speaking with an experienced attorney, a client in New Mexico could obtain assistance in navigating the process. An attorney can evaluate the incident in question, along with the evidence, and assist a client in pursuing compensation through the necessary channels.
Source: NBC Chicago, "Nurse Aide Captured on Video Pleads to Misdemeanor", Katie Kim and Lisa Capitanini, June 27, 2017