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Abuse in a nursing home setting is wrong, but unfortunately, it does happen occasionally. The abuse does not have to be physical. Emotional and verbal abuse are also unacceptable behavior that should never take place in a nursing home. If you or a loved one has been abused in any way while staying at a nursing home, working with an attorney can help ensure that the facility is held accountable and that you are paid for your pain and suffering. Here is what you should expect when working with a nursing home abuse attorney:
One of the first things your lawyer will likely want to do is talk to individuals at the nursing home facility who witnessed the abuse or who have stories about other instances of abuse within the facility. Anyone who saw bruises, heard harsh words, or even just caught wind of hearsay would be of interest to your lawyer.
Also, facility administers may be able to offer your lawyer valuable information that can help them prove your case. You can help your lawyer prepare for interviews by making a list of the nursing home residents and administrators that you think can provide them with insightful information of any kind. Your lawyer can never have enough leads.
You can expect your lawyer to keep you up to date about what they are doing and how your case is progressing through regular consultation appointments. Instead of wondering what is going on or having to call your attorney every week to request updates, you can schedule weekly meetings either in-person, over the phone, or online.
During your meetings, your attorney will have an opportunity to catch you up to date on your case, and you will have an opportunity to get your questions and concerns addressed immediately and directly. You may also discuss any negotiations your lawyer is having with the nursing home's attorneys and work together to decide whether and when to engage in negotiations.
Another thing you can expect when working with a nursing home abuse lawyer is working to get prepared for the courtroom. Your attorney should provide you with sample questions that the defendant's attorney may ask you and have you practice answering those questions in a court setting so that you are comfortable when it comes time to actually get up on the stand in front of the judge. Your lawyer will explain all the possible outcomes to you so that you are not surprised, no matter how your case is settled when all is said and done.
For more info, contact a nursing home abuse attorney near you.