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Nursing Home Abuse Your Injury, Our Fight

Rio Rancho, NM Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer

Your loved one deserves the quality health care and a nurturing environment in their nursing home. These facilities are meant to meet these expectations so your loved one is safe. When you suspect your loved one isn’t getting the care they deserve or is in an environment that’s detrimental to their health, it can be a scary situation. This can stem from the home having abusive staff members or the home doesn’t have the means to provide your loved one with care. If your loved one has suffered because of their nursing home, you can take legal action to seek justice. A Rio Rancho, NM nursing home abuse lawyer can help you stand up for your loved one.

Buckingham & Vega Law Firm understands how elders in nursing homes may not be able to advocate for themselves. We’re here to give your loved one a voice. We will hold the nursing home accountable for the harm they’ve done to your loved one and fight for full and fair compensation for what they’ve been through.

Call us at (505) 388-0066 or fill out our form to tell us about your potential case and a personal injury lawyer will get back to you as quickly as possible.

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Explore How We Have Helped Our Clients
  • $73.21 Million Verdict Birth Injury

    The Buckingham & Vega legal team secured a $73.21 million verdict on behalf of a baby who was catastrophically injured due to the negligence of their doctor and medical team.

  • Record-Setting $72 Million Verdict Birth Injury

    The Buckingham & Vega team obtained a $72 Million verdict in a birth injury case when an OB/ GYN failed to properly monitor the mom during pregnancy.

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  • $14 Million Dram Shop Liability

    Our team obtained a $14 million dram shop verdict on behalf of a client who was injured due to negligence.

  • 13 Million Truck Accident

    Our team secured a 13 million settlement in a truck accident case. An eighteen-wheeler made an unsafe turn in front of a car driven by a grandmother and her family. The grandmother was killed and the family suffered severe injuries.

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    Buckingham & Vega represented an oilfield worker who was killed when their company failed to properly train its employees on how to safely move waste bins. Our client was killed when he became trapped between two bins.

The Different Types of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

Your nursing home abuse attorney will look into what your loved one went through at their nursing home. It’s possible that what caused their injuries or lack of care stemmed from abuse or neglect, or in some cases both may apply. The different types of abuse include:

  • Physical. Using physical force to move your loved one or harm them can result in actions like pushing, shoving, using physical restraints, or hitting.
  • Emotional. Emotional or psychological abuse can occur when staff is disrespectful, cruel, or completely ignores your loved one. This can cause a major drop in self-esteem in seniors.
  • Financial. If your loved one has valuables in their room, some staff may try to steal these items. In other cases, stealing checks or cash could also occur. Sometimes, your loved one may not realize this is happening until a lot of their money was stolen.
  • Sexual. Sexual abuse can also occur at nursing homes. It occurs when anything of a sexual nature happens without consent.

While the situations above usually happen because the person intends to do them, neglect is a bit different, but it can still cause just as much harm. A nursing home may not have enough staff to care for each resident, or they don’t have the experience or skill to properly care for your loved one. Forms of neglect include:

  • Malnutrition. When there is a high resident to staff ratio, your loved one may not get the attention they need. This could result in missing meals and snacks, which can lead to rapid weight loss or malnutrition.
  • Lack of Help with Routine. Some seniors need help with daily tasks like getting dressed, bathing, using the rest room, brushing their teeth, and other important forms of care that need to occur on a regular basis. Without help, your loved one may not be able to keep up with hygienic routines, or may try to do it themselves. If they are on their own, they may fall and sustain injuries.
  • Unclean Clothes/Bedsheets. Having clean clothes and clean sheets shows that your loved one is in an attentive place that makes sure they’re in sanitary conditions and are comfortable. Dirty clothes or bedsheets indicates that someone has not checked in on them in a while, or they are checking in but not taking measures to care for your loved one.
  • Medication Errors. If your loved one takes medication, an overwhelmed nursing home may miss giving them doses, or could make a mistake with the dose. This can lead to further health complications.

All these situations can put your loved one’s health and wellbeing at risk. If you’re concerned about your loved one’s treatment at their home, let’s go over red flags to look out for when visiting.

Recognizing Signs of Elder Abuse and Neglect

When you’re looking for signs that a nursing home is mistreating your loved one, there are common signs you can identify that should prompt further questions. They include:

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