pursuing a nursing home abuse or neglect case
first step in pursuing a nursing home abuse or neglect case is
suspecting that one may have been the victim of abuse or neglect.
Many times the nursing home victim is not capable of communicating
about the abuse or neglect. Therefore, one who develops a "gut
feeling" that something is wrong should consult a qualified attorney
to review the matter, who often will consult with medical
professionals. This process often involves the obtaining and review
of nursing home and medical records along with other pertinent
information. If it is determined that one has a good case, the next
step is usually to give written notice of the claim to the
individuals or entities that are believed to have committed the
abuse or neglect.
What if you were previously told you do not have a good case?
Determining whether or not one has a "good case" is not always an
exact science. Because such determinations involve the professional
judgment (based upon many factors and considerations) of medical
experts and attorneys, it is recommended that one seek a "second
opinion" from one or more qualified attorneys if told that one's
case is without merit.
What about the costs?
Powless Law Offices
handles nursing home abuse and neglect cases on a contingency fee
arrangement. This means that we will not charge an hourly rate for
our services. We are only paid a percentage of the recovery if we
are successful. If we do not obtain a recovery for you, you do not
How long will a
is simply no easy answer to this question. The vast majority of all
cases, including nursing home abuse and neglect cases, are settled
prior to trial. Some cases are settled prior to the filing of a
lawsuit, while others are settled during litigation or even on the
"steps of the courthouse" just before trial. A nursing home abuse
and neglect case, if litigated to trial, could last a number of
years. One who pursues a nursing home abuse and neglect case should
understand from the outset that a quick resolution cannot be
guaranteed, and it very well may be necessary to hold the wrongdoers
accountable before a jury.