A lawyer can step in to protect your loved one’s rights and best interests when nursing home abuse or neglect is suspected. Sometimes just being contacted by an attorney is enough to spur nursing home management into needed corrective action. If your loved one has been harmed, an attorney can help you obtain medical care and compensation.
A nursing home abuse lawyer from the Becker Law Office can investigate if you suspect a loved one has been subjected to abuse or neglect at a nursing home. We can help you obtain medical assistance for a nursing home resident and/or help you to relocate your loved one if that is necessary for their physical or mental well-being.
If you have not already filed a complaint with a long-term care ombudsman or a nursing home regulatory board in your state, we can help you do this.
Most often, if there is a serious or systemic problem at a nursing home, it is only identified and corrected after a complaint is investigated by an outside agency or an attorney working on a victim’s behalf. The complaint you file may protect other residents from suffering from similar neglect or abuse.
In addition to spurring action to correct a problem, an attorney can determine whether an abuse or neglect victim deserves to be compensated for the pain, suffering, costs and/or losses they have endured. A lawsuit or a settlement negotiated with the nursing home may result in a payment for medical expenses incurred because of the abuse or neglect, pain and suffering, financial or personal property losses, and more.
If a nursing home resident is too ill or infirm to act on their own behalf, an attorney can help a family member obtain court-appointed guardianship status to pursue a legal complaint against the nursing home.
The American Association for Justice has a full explanation of how the civil justice system protects elderly Americans.