Have you or a loved one been injured in a nursing home? Check out these 5 nursing home abuse questions, then give our office in Gilbert a call for guidance.
1. What mistakes should I avoid during a nursing home abuse case?
People often ask what are the most common mistakes that people make when their loved one may have been abused or neglected in a nursing home in Arizona. The most common mistake is not trusting your instinct or your gut. You know something’s not right with your loved one’s situation. They were in good condition, good health, and now their health is declining rapidly. They won’t eat, and before they had a good appetite. Trust that feeling and give us a call. We can help you verify that they really aren’t getting the care they need, and we can get them out of that facility to a better facility. We know the ones that have the most complaints and the better ones, so we’ll share that information with you for free.
Go with your instinct if you feel like there’s just something not right. If you feel that something is not right, you call us, and we’ll help you check that out. Remember, the call is free, the information’s free, and it can make the difference between your loved one’s life and death. It’s that important.
2. How do I choose the best attorney for a nursing home abuse case?
That is a very important question, and it’s asked always by potential clients when they contact our law firm. Just the other day they asked one of our attorneys that question, and this is what an attorney responded. The first thing you want to do is ask how many nursing home abuse cases the law firm has handled because most personal injury law firms handle close to zero. That’s not the number you want.
They’ll probably not make a big deal about that. You might hear them hemming and hawing and saying well, yeah, we’ve handled a few. You want to be more specific? Whatever they say, two, three, six, ask if they can discuss what kind of results they got. That’s when you really want to listen. If they are not able to discuss the exact dollar amounts in confidential settlements, but they can still tell you about what happened. If they just don’t have much to tell you in that regard, keep looking. That’s the first thing. You want experienced nursing home abuse attorneys.
Next, when you talk to a law firm and make sure they’re experienced, make sure that they realize it’s not just about the money when you lose your loved ones. Not at all. If you have a situation of nursing home abuse, call us. The call is free. The information is free. We’ll share with you some other experiences, and we’ll share from our hearts, and you can tell if we care about you, we care about what happened to your loved one, and that will help you make the right decision. The call is free. The information is free. Call us because we really do care about you and your loved one.
3. How long does a nursing home negligence case take?
People often ask how long it will take to resolve a claim, especially in situations where the negligence and the abuse have been going on and on for a long time. Because we have very experienced lawyers on our nursing home abuse legal team, if you call in, they’d be happy to give you an answer tailored to the specific situation, but in general, if you talk to one of our attorneys, here’s what they say. They say that it’s very common for the nursing home to try to cover up what happened, to downplay it, to paper it over, to get a medical doctor to sign off on a death certificate without even examining the body.
Those are all common things, so it often takes a while for us to sort out the truth.
Remember, you have a situation involving suspected abuse, give us a call. We can help you out. We can help you out with investigators. We’ve had families find out that their loved one was getting abused and neglected and gotten them out while they still could recover, and other families didn’t find out until it was too late. There’s varying time to settle the claim, but the most important thing is to gather the information and have us help you. We can prove the neglect, and then we’ll help you get them out of that situation because those nursing home facilities, they will want to hang on to those patients because why? They see them as dollars and cents. They’re your loved one, not dollars and cents. Give us a call. The call is free, the information’s free, and it could make a difference between life and death for your loved one.
4. How do I report nursing home abuse?
The question often comes up where people tell us they suspect a loved one is being abused or neglected in a nursing home, but they have no proof. In that situation, if you talk to one of our attorneys, what they will tell you is – it’s absolutely our entire firm would say this – is if you feel in your heart, your gut that something’s not right, and your loved one may be abused or neglected, do not ignore that feeling. Let me repeat that. Do not ignore that feeling. Give us a call and we’ll be able to help you investigate that.
There are ways using hidden cameras to protect your loved one. There are ways we can review the charts to look at the medical procedures and checks that are being done. It’s very, very common after nursing home abuse has resulted in the death of a loved one for the staff to get together and fix the medical records. Call us right away because we can help you get those records sometimes before they make those corrections. If you suspect abuse, call us so that we can help you determine if it’s true. More often than not if you suspect there’s abuse, there is abuse, they may say to explain the marks or your loved one as “normal.” It’s not normal. They’ll hide the truth. Call us. We’ll give you the benefit of our experience. The call is free, the information’s free, and if your loved one is still alive, that call may save their life.
5. How do I determine the value of a nursing home abuse case?
As far as the value of cases, it depends on what a jury would decide and varies from case to case. It’s a guarantee, however, that if there’s a hidden video of your loved one getting slapped or harmed, that’s going to make every juror extremely angry, and that case is going to be settled for a lot more money than if it was in maybe a different circumstance. Even for pressure sores and ulcers, when we blow up those pictures and the infection has gone into the bone, it looks so nasty that many jurors just turn away, thinking that there but for the grace of god goes their own grandmother or brother. Those cases settle for more money.
That’s a big part of it — the conduct of the nursing home staff or the lack of care and the damages and the injuries that they inflict. If you want to know what the value of your nursing home abuse case is for your loved one, call us and talk to one of our attorneys. The call is free. The information is free. It can be invaluable, and if your loved one is still alive, it may not be too late for you and us to save their life, so call us now.
Did you lose a loved one from the negligence of another in Arizona and have questions about a nursing home abuse case? After reading the 5 nursing home abuse questions, contact experienced Gilbert Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers at Free Injury Advice today for a free consultation and case evaluation.
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