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pursuing a nursing home abuse or neglect case

The 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 pay us.

How long will a case take?

There 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.