Frequently Asked Questions About Nursing Home Abuse
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Finding answers to complicated questions about nursing home abuse can be overwhelming. Fortunately, you’ve come to the right place. At Shuttlesworth Law Firm, P.C., Attorney Perry Shuttlesworth has dedicated his career to fighting for victims who have been injured through no fault of their own. With over 30 years of experience, he knows what it takes to build a successful legal case.
View the list below to get answers to some of the most common questions people have about nursing home abuse. If you suspect your loved one is being abused at a nursing home, a lawyer may be able to help you take legal action and hold those responsible accountable for their actions.
- What are the warning signs of nursing home abuse?
- Should nursing home abuse victims seek independent medical treatment?
- Should I contact the police if I suspect nursing home abuse?
- Who investigates nursing home abuse complaints in Alabama?
- Should I tell the nursing home I suspect abuse?
- Should I talk to the nursing home or its insurance company if they contact me about the abuse?
- Should I accept a settlement for my complaint?
- Can I file a lawsuit for nursing home abuse?
- Can I negotiate for more money?
- Should I hire an attorney?
- Why should I hire Shuttlesworth Law Firm, P.C.?
Common warning signs of nursing home abuse include broken bones, bruises, bedsores, and other unexplained marks. Other warning signs include sudden changes in mood or behavior, depression, crying, weight loss, and poor hygiene.
A doctor should examine your loved one to provide appropriate medical attention and treatment for injuries. Taking your loved one to a medical professional right away will also be an important step to document your loved one’s injury.
Elder abuse is a crime and should be reported to authorities. By contacting the police, you will create an official record of your nursing home abuse claim. This is an especially important step if your loved one was physically assaulted or is the victim of some other type of crime.
Most nursing home abuse complaints in Alabama are investigated by the Alabama Department of Public Health, as well as the Alabama Department of Senior Services, and the Long-Term Care Ombudsman program. To report nursing home abuse in Alabama, you can call the National Center on Elder Abuse toll-free at 800-356-9596.
If you suspect your loved one is being abused, you should meet with an administrator or director from the nursing home as soon as possible. Take notes during the meeting and voice your concerns. If you still suspect something is wrong after speaking with an administrator, you may want to seek help from an attorney to explore your legal options.
It’s usually best not to answer any questions if the nursing home or an insurance company representative contacts you about your abuse complaint. Any comments or written statements you make may be used against you.
Carefully review any financial offer or settlement you get for your nursing home abuse claim. If you accept an offer, you may forfeit your right to take future legal action or pursue additional compensation for damages.
If you suspect your loved one was injured, harmed, or died as a result of abuse at a nursing home, you may be able to take civil action against the responsible facility in the form of a lawsuit. These types of lawsuits often turn into complicated legal battles, so you may want to seek representation from a lawyer with experience handling cases involving nursing home abuse.
You are not obligated or legally required to accept a settlement offer. Any compensation you receive in the form of a settlement or verdict should be enough to cover all your damages. You may request more money from a settlement, but the other party has a right to deny that request. If a plaintiff and a defendant can’t come to an agreement through a settlement, it’s common for the case to go to trial.
Cases involving nursing home abuse can be very complicated, so you may want to hire a lawyer to help you through the legal process. An attorney can launch an independent investigation into your case, find evidence to support your claim, handle settlement negotiations, and represent you in court if your case goes to trial.
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