For almost three decades, Martinez, Hart, Thompson & Sanchez, P.C. has supported vulnerable people throughout New Mexico. Our firm proudly represents young victims of abuse, whether their mistreatment occurred at the hands of a parent, guardian, or other authority figure. We also represent elderly abuse victims, who are often targeted in healthcare and nursing care facilities.
Types of Elder Abuse
There are many types of elder abuse, each of which can have a profound impact on the life of the victim:
- Abandonment – Some seniors require round-the-clock care, particularly when they suffer from dementia or Alzheimer’s. Abandonment occurs when the person responsible for providing such care leaves an an elder with inadequate support or care.
- Neglect – Neglect can often be identified by an unkempt appearance, which signals that personal grooming is not being attended to. A neglected senior may also exhibit signs of malnourishment if proper sustenance is not being afforded.
- Physical – Unexplained bruises, cuts, scrapes, broken bones, or other issues may signal physical abuse of your elderly loved one.
- Psychological – While it has less obvious effects, psychological abuse often causes a marked change in the person experiencing it. Some people appear sullen or withdrawn and may even experience problems with depression and anxiety.
- Sexual – As an especially heinous crime, sexual abuse can have lasting physical and emotional consequences for the victim.
What You Can Do If You Suspect Elder Abuse
When it comes to nursing home abuse, legal action shines a light on the poor conditions within a facility to hopefully enact real change. Filing suit against the abuser also prevents other elderly people from experiencing the same.
Here at Martinez, Hart, Thompson & Sanchez, P.C., we know how hard it is when someone you love is being mistreated. We also know that pursuing justice against the perpetrator is about more than receiving compensation; it’s about achieving a sense of justice for what occurred. Contact us today at 505-343-1776 to schedule a free initial consultation.