You must decide if you need a nursing home abuse lawyer. There are many potential benefits of hiring a lawyer for an elderly abuse case.
Reasons to Hire a Nursing Home Abuse Attorney
If you’ve discovered abuse of your elderly loved one, hiring a lawyer is a logical first step. The issue of abuse may be entirely new for you – to qualified nursing home abuse lawyers; abuse will be a well-known problem. Our firm:
- Handles nursing home abuse cases as a primary practice area
- Knows how to assess liability in cases like yours
- Have resources tailored to Miami nursing home abuse lawsuits
- Can handle the entirety of your case
Elder abuse cases require the utmost empathy. Therefore, we handle nursing home abuse and neglect cases sensitively. We know your loved one has been through real trauma, and our legal care will represent this fact.
You may decide that you need a nursing home abuse attorney because:
There Is an Urgency to Your Abuse Claim
It’s best to take legal action as soon as possible. Evidence of abuse may not last forever. If you don’t know which evidence to seek or how to document it, then such evidence could be lost. Our legal team will:
- Meet with you and your abused loved one
- Refer your loved one to qualified medical professionals
- Document any abuse-related injuries
- Identify liable parties
- Take swift legal action against those responsible parties
You may have a job, family, and countless responsibilities. Our firm has the time and resources to complete essential case-related duties.
Nursing Homes May Have Attorneys on Their Side
Nursing homes generally house many residents. Your loved one is likely not the first to accuse the nursing home of wrongdoing. The home may have a team of lawyers ready to contest abuse allegations. It’s only right that your loved one has a lawyer.
You’re Unfamiliar with Issues of Elder Abuse
Our hope is that your loved one has not suffered abuse before. If this is their first bout with elder abuse, then you may know little about the subject. You know even less about seeking justice for abuse. Our firm’s experience and knowledge can be a great benefit. Without such knowledge, you may have to spend countless hours researching:
- Signs and symptoms of elder abuse
- How to bring legal action in the wake of abuse
- How to determine liability for abuse
- Appropriate damages in elder abuse cases
- All other elements of a nursing home abuse case
We’ll assign an attorney familiar with abuse in nursing homes. We may also enlist experts in abuse of the elderly to help with your case.
What Qualifies As Abuse in a Nursing Home?
Per the World Health Organization (WHO), one in six residents (aged 60 or older) experience abuse in a nursing home setting in a given year. Your loved one’s abuse may take multiple forms, including:
- Physical abuse: Punching, rough handling, burning, scratching, and slapping are all forms of physical abuse.
- Emotional and psychological abuse: Caregivers, administrators, and fellow residents may emotionally abuse residents – because emotional abuse leaves no physical marks, abusers may think they can get away with it. However, intimidation, yelling, and demeaning can have a noticeable effect on a victim.
- Neglect: Neglect can cause lasting trauma. Caregivers are generally the ones who perpetrate neglect. They do so by failing to provide basic care, like washing, bathroom assistance, and feeding.
- Financial exploitation: Nursing home residents who handle their own finances are targets for exploitation. Even the smallest act of financial exploitation is unacceptable.
- Sexual abuse: Sexual abusers may fondle, penetrate, or commit other acts of sexual abuse upon defenseless, elderly victims.
There are many possible signs of abuse in nursing homes residents. Physical marks, personality changes, strange financial events, and apparent fear in your loved one may indicate abuse.
Who Is Liable for Nursing Home Abuse?
A nursing home may be liable for any abuse in its facilities. Individual perpetrators of abuse are also generally liable. Liability for abuse varies on a case-by-case basis. We will investigate your loved one’s circumstances and identify all parties with liability for their mistreatment.
What Damages Are Available to Recover for Abuse of the Elderly?
In a civil case, compensation is the primary way to instill justice. Your loved one’s financial recovery may cover:
- Their pain and suffering
- The cost of staying in the nursing home where the abuse happened
- The cost of medical care for abuse-related injuries
- The cost of moving to a new, safe living facility
- Treatment for pain and suffering
- Any other economic or non-economic losses from the abuse
We’ll work with doctors, you, your loved one, experts, and witnesses to identify all abuse-related damages.
Our Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Can Help You Seek Justice
The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine provide responsive legal care for abuse victims. You can see our client testimonials to understand our legal approach better. Your loved one can worry about getting better, and we will take care of everything else.
Call our office today at 1-800-747-3733 for a free consultation.
We Can Help.