You do not need a lawyer for your memory care facility abuse claim. You could file and complete such a claim on your own. However, there are several reasons why you may choose to hire a lawyer, as they may be a significant help to you as you seek compensation for your loved one’s abuse in a memory care facility. A lawyer can provide legal advice and handle much of the responsibility of a claim or lawsuit.
Foregoing a Lawyer Could Place Great Responsibility on You
You may choose to file an insurance claim or lawsuit after finding out your loved one was abused in a memory care facility.
You have the right to pursue compensation without help from a lawyer and their team. However, doing so could come at the expense of your time, may be a significant responsibility, and may require you to operate in situations that you are unfamiliar with. For these and possibly other reasons, you may choose to hire a lawyer.
Without a lawyer to lead you through the claims or legal process, you may:
- Spend substantial time researching how abuse claims or lawsuits are generally handled
- Have less time to spend relocating your loved one to a safe living environment
- Invest significant effort into the claims or legal process
You may consider the following questions before you decide to complete your insurance claim or lawsuit without a lawyer:
- Have you completed an insurance claim before?
- Have you completed a lawsuit before?
- Do you know what would be fair compensation for your loved one’s abuse?
- Have you ever negotiated with insurance companies or attorneys before?
According to the American Bar Association (ABA), most plaintiffs who start a lawsuit will not have to go to trial. Instead, they will settle after negotiating compensation. However, there is also a risk that your case could be dismissed if you do not present it in a manner that the court or insurance company views as legitimate.
If you decide to hire a lawyer, you may choose your attorney based on certain criteria.
How You May Choose a Memory Care Facility Abuse Lawyer
You may use several standards when evaluating lawyers. Some of the criteria may be objective. You may consider:
- Whether a lawyer has tried elder abuse cases before
- How many cases they have handled
- What fee the lawyer charges for their services
- What the lawyer’s track record of success is
Choosing a lawyer may also be about your comfort with the attorney and their team. You may evaluate your personal fit with a lawyer by:
- Completing a free consultation
- Reading reviews from a lawyer’s prior clients
- Asking questions about how a lawyer will value you as a client
Once you hire a lawyer, they will get underway seeking any awards that your loved one is entitled to.
For a free legal consultation, call (800) 794-0444
Elder Abuse May Entitle Your Loved One to Financial Awards
Elder abuse can cause lasting harm to victims, and the abuse of seniors may happen more frequently than you realize. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), one in six surveyed seniors suffered abuse in the span of a year.
A lawyer will work with medical professionals to understand the impact that abuse has had on your loved one. The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) explains that abuse may cause:
- Physical injuries
- Psychological trauma
- Emotional problems
Being abused may cause your loved one’s health to deteriorate in multiple ways. Your loved one’s lawyer may seek compensation for any medical care required for abuse-related injuries. They may also seek compensation if your loved one’s general health became worse during or after their abuse.
Your loved one’s attorney will seek additional awards for any other losses that they can link to their abuse. Some of those losses may include:
- The cost of your loved one relocating to a new, safe location
- Your loved one’s past and future pain and suffering
- The cost of any counseling your loved one has completed or will undergo
- The cost of any medication your loved one needs for their trauma-related symptoms
A lawyer will protect your loved one’s rights throughout the legal process. They will engage with lawyers for defendants in your loved one’s case or insurance claim and will complete the other requirements of finalizing a lawsuit or claim.
Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm Today
A lawyer and their team may handle your loved one’s abuse claim or lawsuit and will not shy away from negotiations no matter how tough the case is. Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today at (800) 794-0444 to complete your free consultation. A lawyer may agree to help you with your claim or lawsuit soon after your consultation is complete.