Five Things To Look For In A Nursing Home Abuse And Neglect Lawyer

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Five Things To Look For In A Nursing Home Abuse And Neglect Lawyer

When your loved ones are in a nursing home, you believe that they are under the care of highly skilled nursing professionals. However, many incidents of nursing home abuse and neglect tell a different story. If you suspect nursing home negligence, the best way to deal with it is by hiring a nursing home neglect lawyer.

Nursing home neglect lawyers are familiar with all the rules and regulations governing the quality of care in nursing home institutions. They can walk you through all the steps of the legal procedure, and help you make all the right decisions. They assist their clients with cases of nursing home neglect such as bedsores, broken bones, falls and head injuries, unexplained injuries, infections, dehydration, malnutrition, abuse, and neglect, choking and aspiration, over- medication, understaffing, fractures, assault, power of attorney and arbitration clauses.

To help you find the right attorney to handle your case, I’ve compiled a list of the top five things to look for when hiring a nursing home neglect lawyer.

1. Specialization.

The current legal landscape requires an intimate knowledge of particular practice areas. Your attorney can't be a “Jack of all trades” and provide the representation you need. The root cause of bedsores, falls, medication errors, and other forms of abuse and neglect are more complex than the medical causes of these injuries. You need a lawyer who has spent time learning how to pursue the corporate entities whose decisions cause the suffering of your loved one.

2. Experience.

It is called the “practice” of law for a reason. Over time, and with specialization, there comes mastery of the issues and challenges particular to each case. Each nursing home case presents unique issues depending on the nature of the injuries and the corporate structure of the nursing home involved. Navigating these obstacles requires experience and specialized knowledge and practice.

3. Communication.

Your lawyer must be able to communicate with you effectively. A nursing home neglect lawsuit requires that a client re-live an extremely difficult and upsetting time in their life. Without an open dialogue, this painful experience is made even worse.

4. Compassion.

Attorneys frequently fail to understand the depth of pain felt by their clients who lost a loved one to the ravages of nursing home neglect like bedsores, falls, infections, or medication errors. It is my opinion that these issues arise from a basic lack of understanding about the true cause of harm in nursing homes, the decisions to under-staff and under-budget. Far too many attorneys only see an elderly or disabled person and ignore the nursing home's abuse and neglect.

5. Tenacity.

Insurance companies do not like paying for the mistakes of their clients. You need a lawyer who will fight hard to hold the nursing home accountable for the injuries and neglect of a resident. Litigation is a long process where time is usually on the side of the nursing home. You need a lawyer willing to continue to fight for a long as it takes.

If you’re looking for a nursing home neglect lawyer in Allentown, Lancaster, Philadelphia and the surrounding counties, contact me, Churchill H. Huston. Since 2004, I have specialized in prosecuting nursing homes for abuse and neglect of their residents. To learn more about common warning signs of nursing home abuse and neglect that I focus on,please click here. If you have any questions about nursing home abuse and neglect law, get in touch with me by clicking here.