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Why is the death of an unborn child not wrongful death?

Wrongful death is when the negligence of a person or entity causes the death of another person. In New Mexico, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, there is one group that is not covered by state wrongful death laws: unborn children. Other states have specific laws regarding the death of an unborn child due to the negligence of someone else. These laws allow for punishment, but in New Mexico, no such laws exist. In fact, this is an area of some debate.

How do I report nursing home abuse?

If you suspect that your loved one is being abused in his or her nursing facility, you have rights in New Mexico to report this abuse and get it handled. Your loved one should not have to live in fear or in an abusive situation. However, you need to follow the guidelines to ensure the issue is reported properly.

What is duty of care?

When you put your loved one in a nursing home in New Mexico, you have the right to expect a certain level of care. You have the right to expect that your loved one will be well-cared for and that his or her needs will be met. When this does not happen, it is often due to neglect or the professional caregivers and medical personnel at the nursing home neglecting their duty of care.

What happens when nursing homes are understaffed

It is never easy to accept the fact that one of your parents may be better off living in an assisted living facility. Having full confidence in the facility you and your loved one choose can soften the blow, but regrettably, many American nursing homes and continuing care facilities fail to maintain adequate staff.

Pulmonary embolisms can be fatal if misdiagnosed

The danger of blood clots in the body is that they can obstruct the flow of blood to a vital organ. For example, a resident in a New Mexico nursing home may be at risk of a blood clot if the person is bedridden and is not shifted frequently enough to allow for sufficient blood flow. Such blood clots may block the pulmonary arteries in the lungs. This kind of blood clot is called a pulmonary embolism. If not diagnosed correctly or in a timely manner, a PE can have dire consequences.

How can I protect my loved one when choosing a nursing home?

When an elderly loved one’s health progresses beyond your ability to be attentive and care for them, you might find yourself searching for a good assisted living facility in the Albuquerque area. One consideration that you should consider during your search is nursing home neglect and abuse. According to the AJC, for every 10 nursing home residents, one is likely to experience abuse. Keep in mind that many cases are not reported. 

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