By the year 2030, it is believed that New Mexico will have more people 65 and older than under 18. If this proves to be true, this will only add to the alarming number of nursing home abuse and neglect cases occurring throughout our state.
Our Experienced Albuquerque Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Are Here to Help
Our office works with a group of experienced nursing home abuse lawyers which have successfully handled some of New Mexico's most disturbing nursing home abuse lawsuits. Closely related to this case types is our recent successful handling of a hard-fought case against a senior living facility.
The nursing home abuse lawyer you choose to handle your case should be familiar with both state and federal regulations that are designed to protect the interests of residents living in these facilities.
“When a nursing home or long-term care facility violates regulations, the consequences can lead to serious injury or death to patients and residents.”
In addition to our many verdicts and settlements, Keller & Keller's injury attorneys have been recognized as Super Lawyers, listed in Best Lawyers in America, and are AV-rated.
Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
Unfortunately, because we receive a large volume of calls related to nursing home abuse and neglect, we have witnessed certain injuries and conditions that occur with a high level of frequency, confirming the sub-standard care found in facilities throughout New Mexico.
The types of nursing home injuries and abuse we regularly investigate on behalf of our clients include:
- Broken bones
- Bed sores
- Errors in medication dosage and intake
- Sepsis (blood infection)
- Physical and sexual abuse
If you do not see you or your loved one's condition on this list, it's possible you still have a valid case. The best way to determine if you can make a recovery for abuse or neglect is to contact one of our attorneys with the details of your potential claim.
There Is a Statute of Limitations for Filing a Claim
There are strict deadlines (statute of limitations) associated with New Mexico nursing home abuse cases. If you fail to abide by these deadlines, you risk losing all rights to any compensation.
The safest way to determine your exact statute date is by calling one of our nursing home abuse attorneys and giving them details about the incident in question.
Types of Nursing Homes and Care Facilities
"Nursing home" is often used as a blanket-term to describe any number of facilities that offer care to the elderly and disabled, however, it's important to identify the specific facility-type where the injury and/or abuse occurred.
A nursing home is defined as a private institution that furnishes shelter, feeding and care for sick, aged, or infirm persons. Depending on the type and purpose, the facility may or may not be required to furnish medical services. Federal law identifies four distinct categories with regard to these institutions:
- Adult boarding services
- Residential care facilities
- Intermediate care facilities
- Skilled nursing facilities
There will be different regulations and standards of care that we will investigate on your behalf, ensuring that each institution is keeping in accordance with guidelines. Properly identifying your loved one's facility where the abuse or neglect occurred is critical to any potential elder law case.
How A Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Can Help
Abuse cases are some of the most costly and difficult claims to pursue. The majority of these cases often require expert testimony and detailed fact gathering, meaning you will need to hire an attorney who can front these costs.
One of the first steps an attorney will take on your behalf is to conduct a full and thorough background check on the senior facility or home where you or your family member sustained injury. In many instances, a proper legal investigation will uncover evidence of previous incidents and violations.
Medical Records & Statements
Certified copies of all applicable medical records will be required, and this will often include documents that verify the alleged injury/abuse as well as any statements or notes made by the doctors or staff working at the facility.
It's important that this step of the investigation happens as quickly as possible, as evidence can be lost and witness accounts can fade with time.
Keller & Keller's association with nursing home abuse cases has led to our forming valuable relationships with other legal professionals and medical experts in the local community. Our connection with various experts can prove to be a powerful asset when pursuing a neglect claim.
Contact Us to Learn More About Your Potential Claim
We offer a Zero Fee Guarantee to every New Mexico resident who contacts us to discuss their potential claim. This means that you will never be charged for a consultation and the only way our firm receives money is if a recovery is made on your behalf.
To speak to one of our attorneys immediately, you can call us at 1-800-253-5537, or write to us through our confidential, free contact form.
Our Albuquerque office handles nursing home abuse cases for the entire state of New Mexico, including the cities of Santa Fe, Las Cruces, Alamogordo, Farmington, Roswell, and Rio Rancho, among many others. And depending on your preference, we can visit with you at your home, in our office, the hospital, or wherever is most convenient for you and your family.