Published on May 3rd, 2023
Nursing homes across the country do their best to take care of our beloved elderly family members. Unfortunately, there are also many instances of abuse, or preventable accidents, that happen behind the scenes at nursing homes as well.
When you or a loved one find yourself a victim of this type of abuse, you should consider hiring a nursing home abuse lawyer. Here are six reasons you should do so:
1. To Protect Your Elderly Loved One
Unfortunately, there are often little-to-no warning signs of abuse before a nursing home accident occurs.
Due to this, having a pre-existing relationship with a nursing home lawyer in your area that you can trust is ideal.
By doing so, you’ll have the professional help you need at a moment’s notice, protecting your elderly loved one from any further harm post-accident.
They can immediately jump in to begin setting up the legal protections your loved one will need, and which will help hold the nursing home accountable for the accident.
By having a lawyer contact the responsible nursing home on such short notice, you’ll be showing the staff, and the home’s director, that you mean business. Speaking of which…
2. To Help Gather Evidence for Your Case
Gathering evidence of the nursing home’s responsibility for an accident is key to winning your case. After all, if you have only vague accusations to present to the court, the nursing home may not be held accountable.
An experienced nursing home lawyer knows exactly how to hit the ground running when it comes to gathering evidence.
More importantly, they know exactly how to respond if the nursing home begins trying to hide or destroy evidence.
The more evidence you have that proves the nursing home’s guilt, beyond a reasonable doubt, the more likely you’ll be to avoid a trial altogether. With enough mounting evidence against them, a nursing home will likely opt to settle out of court.
3. To Show the Nursing Home You Mean Business
As we mentioned before, you must show the nursing home staff, and its director, that you and your lawyer mean business.
If your elderly loved one is in a nursing home, they likely no longer have the mental or physical energy (not to mention the emotional energy) needed to fight a trial, or negotiate a settlement. As a non-legal professional, you may have the energy to fight, but you’ll lack the know-how.
If you fail to have a lawyer by your side, less ethical nursing homes may try to take advantage of your lack of knowledge and gaslight you into dropping your case.
If you have a lawyer by your side, on the other hand, the nursing home will take you seriously from the get-go, since they know that you are 100% serious about holding the nursing home accountable for their actions.
4. To Ensure You Understand the Laws at Hand
When you’re preparing to file a suit on your elderly loved one’s behalf, you’ll want to have access to all the legal information that’s relevant to the case at hand.
While your lawyer cannot give you the depth of a lawyer’s understanding of relevant law, they can break it down enough to help you feel more confident about the case.
Doing so will help decrease your stress levels as you deal with this stressful period in your life. With this in mind, you’ll have more time to dedicate to helping your elderly loved one recover from their nursing home accident.
5. To Receive A Proper, Full Settlement
The key reason people hire nursing home lawyers is to receive a full, fair, and substantial settlement. While egregious actions from nursing home staff members may necessitate a criminal trial, many accidents simply result in the type of civil trials that (typically) are resolved via a settlement offer.
Unfortunately, many nursing homes will try to lowball you when it comes to their settlement offer (especially when it comes to their initial offering).
With an experienced lawyer by your side, you’ll have the most effective tool possible for getting the full settlement that your elderly loved one rightfully deserves.
6. To Protect Your Elderly Loved One’s Financial Health
One of the key reasons that settlements are so important in civil trials is that victims of preventable accidents are often slapped with tons of mental and physical health bills post-accident.
For nursing home residents (who typically live on a fixed, low income), this can be absolutely devastating.
Thankfully, if your lawyer can help you gain a proper settlement, you’ll be protecting your elderly loved one’s financial health. These lawyers can also help guard your elderly loved one’s bank account from dubious nursing home employees who might try to steal money from them.
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