When you are paying for a nursing home for yourself or a loved one, you expect to get quality care. Unfortunately, that is not the experience for many New Mexico residents. Nursing home abuse often occurs as the result of neglect or caregiver negligence.
If you have suffered because of someone else’s carelessness, the attorneys at Hinkle Law Offices, P.C. can help you fight to recover expenses and damages.
Causes for Nursing Home Negligence
Many nursing homes are quality caregiving institutions. The problem may be that the institution is understaffed. When caregivers’ patient loads are too heavy, some residents’ needs go unmet.
In some nursing homes, administration may strive to stay within their budget by hiring under-certified caregivers. This can result in care providers who do not fully understand residents’ needs or what protocols to follow to deliver the proper standard of care.
Signs of Nursing Home Negligence
Most cases of nursing home negligence involve inadequate feeding and personal hygiene. Signs of lack of care include:
- Weight loss
- Signs of dehydration
- Resident’s complaints of being hungry or thirsty
- Stained clothing
- Body odor
- Greasy hair
- Overgrown nails
- Bed sores
- Skin infections
These signs do not prove nursing home negligence as there may be other medical explanations. However, if you observe any of these signs, you should speak to an attorney about how to proceed with an investigation and nursing home abuse claim.
Fighting Nursing Home Negligence in Albuquerque
There is no excuse for nursing home negligence. If you paid for a standard of care that was not received by you or a loved one, you deserve compensation. The experienced attorneys at Hinkle Law Offices can help you fight to recover expenses and damages. Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation.