Selecting A Nursing Home Attorney
A nursing home attorney is a lawyer that focuses on handling cases involving improper care to residents of a nursing home. The services of a nursing home attorney are often sought after when a loved one has become the victim of abuse or neglect while under the care of a nursing home. Elder abuse and neglect at nursing homes occurs at an alarming rate; the National Center on Elder Abuse, Bureau of Justice Statistics estimates that nearly 36% of nursing homes across the US have been in violation of nursing home abuse laws. Often, seeking legal action may be the only way for a family to get help for their loved one who has been neglected or abused by a nursing home.
To do so requires the skill and knowledge from an experienced nursing home attorney who can advise you on important questions of your case such as:
- • What is the deadline (statute of limitations) that is applicable to my case?
- • What is the likelihood of a recovery?
- • How long may it take to pursue a nursing home claim?
Signs of Neglect or Abuse
Nursing homes too often fail to report neglect or abuse that occurs within their facilities. Patients are frequently unable to adequately report or communicate that they have been neglected or abused. Therefore, it is crucial that family members be diligent in observing and recognizing any signs that the care their loved one has been subject to neglect or abuse. The following could be signs of potential abuse or neglect and warrants investigation:
- • appearance of pressure sores (also known as “bedsores”, “pressure ulcers”, and “decubitus ulcers”)
- • skin rash
- • urine and/or feces odor
- • lack of attention to the resident’s personal hygiene
- • falls as a result of inadequate precautions or assistance
- • the presence of unjustified physical or chemical restraints
- • bruises, contusions, or lesions
- • bone fractures
- • weight loss
- • dehydration
- • unexplained mood changes
- • disorientation
- • depression or isolation
- • fear or anxiety
- • unexplained refusal or inability to communicate
- • indications of sexual assault
These are just examples, as neglect and abuse can take many forms — too numerous to list. If you have any suspicions or concerns, you should consider seeking assistance from an experienced nursing home attorney. A nursing home attorney can assist with both filing a nursing home complaint with the state agency, as well as determining if further legal action can be pursued.
Keys to Selecting a Nursing Home Attorney
When selecting a nursing home attorney, you should consider the following:
- • Does the attorney concentrate his/her practice just on handling nursing home claims and other medical negligence, or do they divide their time by handling various other types of cases?
- • How many nursing home cases has the attorney handled?
- • Does the attorney have the experience and resources needed to pursue the case in a manner that may maximize the potential recovery?
- • Will the attorney personally handle your case or refer it to some other firm to handle?
- • Will the nursing home attorney provide you with a free case consultation?
- • Will the nursing home attorney charge a retainer or hourly fee?
Why you should consult a nursing home attorney without delay.
It is critical to keep in mind that time is of the essence when pursing a nursing home claim. Indiana law imposes strict deadlines (also called “statutes of limitations”) in nursing home cases that will forever bar the claim if it is not filed in a timely manner. The law relating to the deadline can be exceedingly complex; therefore, one should not delay in consulting a qualified nursing home attorney to determine the applicable statute of limitations and review the case.
How to obtain a free case evaluation today.
If you believe you may have a potential nursing home claim, The Powless Law Firm, P.C. would like to help. You can request a free case consultation today by calling us at 877-769-5377 or by submitting the free case consultation request form on this page.
Here is important information you should know about us:
- • We concentrate upon medical malpractice and nursing home neglect claims only, and have years of experience and success in doing so.
- • We never represent the negligent hospitals, nursing homes, healthcare providers or their insurers.
- • We offer free consultations.
- • We never require any retainer fee.
- • We accept cases on a contingency basis, meaning we only get paid if we obtain a recovery for you.
- • We work with a variety of highly qualified medical experts to thoroughly evaluate and present our cases.
- • We are committed to providing the attention and resources required in these complex cases to help make a difference for those harmed by medical malpractice, and to help force changes that will help protect others.
- • We accept cases anywhere in Indiana.
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