If you have recently discovered or suspect your loved one is a victim of abuse or neglect at their nursing home in Arkansas, it is time to take action now. Pintas & Mullins Law Firm has a personal injury team in Arkansas that can help you prepare a case against a negligent or abusive nursing home facility, including individual parties associated with them.
We offer free initial consultations to concerned people like you, meaning we can review your case for free and tell you how a nursing home abuse lawyer from our legal team may be able to help you. You may be able to receive compensation for the damages both you and your loved one suffered during this troubling time.
Let Our Team Evaluate How Much Compensation You May Be Entitled to Collect
If you decide to file a claim or lawsuit about the injuries your loved one suffered at their nursing home in Arkansas, our team can work with you to itemize related damages and calculate their financial value. While not every damage may have an immediate monetary figure attached to it, our legal team has handled these types of cases and can use our experience to gauge how much compensation you should pursue.
In general, we may pursue awards to recover:
- Medical expenses: Awards for medical expenses can apply toward hospitalization, physical therapy, doctor’s appointments, 24-hour care, emergency care, prescription medicines, surgeries, and various other medical treatment costs.
- Pain and suffering: Your loved one may have suffered from physical and emotional pain while being abused or neglected at their nursing home. We can come up with a figure to compensate them for their distress.
- Property damage or theft: If your loved one was a victim of financial abuse or exploitation, we may be able to receive awards to recover the value of their property, including assets they lost. If their property was damaged as a result of their abuse, these costs may also be recovered.
- Income loss: If you were forced to take unpaid time off from work or resign from your job to take care of your loved one after discovering their abuse, you may be able to recover the wages you lost during their period and the wages you expect to lose in the future.
This is not a conclusive list of compensatory awards you may be entitled to receive. Our team will evaluate your case and guide you throughout this process as we build your case.
We Can Handle Your Case Entirely While You Take Care of Your Loved One
Many people have relatives in nursing homes, but not many people know what to do when their loved one becomes a victim of abuse or neglect while living in one. If you would like some legal guidance to help your loved one fight for their rights and well-being, our team may be able to help you.
After we review your case and you become one of our clients, we can help you by:
- Investigating your case: We may conduct a private investigation into the nursing home where your loved one resides and determine who might be held liable for their injuries. We may also help you alert the police and file an official complaint and use this documentation as evidence.
- Gathering evidence for your case: During our investigation, we can also look for evidence to support your case, whether that involves photos or video footage of the abuse or statements from witnesses who saw it. If you have any proof that places liability on the nursing home, inform our legal team right away.
- Handling legal tasks: Our legal team in Arkansas handles nursing home abuse and neglect injury cases, so we can take on the menial paperwork and phone calls that need to be handled for your case to move forward. You take care of your loved one while we take care of your case.
- Representing your legal interests: A nursing home abuse lawyer from our team in Arkansas can serve as your legal representative when pursuing compensation. They can represent you in negotiation meetings or at trial and present your case to hopefully reach a fair settlement or verdict.
For a free legal consultation, call (800) 794-0444
Your Nursing Home Abuse Lawsuit Has a Filing Deadline You Must Meet
One of the key things we must consider when building your case or negotiating a settlement with the opposing party’s insurance company is whether we should file a lawsuit.
You might consider filing a lawsuit if:
- The opposing party’s insurance policy does not cover the extent of the damages you and your loved one suffered.
- The opposing party’s legal team is not cooperative with your settlement terms and does not want to negotiate compensation.
- Settlement negotiations are stalling, which might be a tactic for you to miss your lawsuit’s filing deadline.
If you decide to file a lawsuit about your loved one’s nursing home abuse, you must meet a legal deadline set by Arkansas’ statute of limitations. Depending on whether your case involves a medical professional or another party, there may be different deadlines you must follow.
Nursing Home Negligence or Abuse
Per Arkansas Code §16-56-105, you generally have three years from when the injury occurred or was discovered to file a personal injury lawsuit about your loved one’s abuse or neglect.
If a medical professional’s malpractice caused your loved one’s injury, Arkansas Code §16-114-203 mandates:
- You generally have two years to file a medical malpractice lawsuit.
- The statutory timeline begins on the date of the negligent act, not when the harm is discovered.
- If you discovered a foreign object inside your loved one after two years, you have one additional year to file your lawsuit.
- An exception applies to “continuous treatment.” In these instances, the statute would not begin to run until the treatment has terminated; unless, however, a patient learns of the negligence during their treatment. The statute would begin to run when the patients are made aware of the negligence.
- You may delay the statute of limitations for 90 days by serving written notice by certified mail. In order to be effective, this written notice must be served within 30 days before the expiration of the statute of limitations.
If your loved one passed away as a result of their abuse or neglect, Arkansas Code §16-62-102 mandates:
- Qualifying surviving individuals generally have three years to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
- Wrongful death that is the result of medical malpractice is governed by the two-year medical malpractice statute of limitations, not the three-year wrongful death statute of limitations.
Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm Now to Get a Free Case Evaluation
There is no time to waste when it comes to filing a nursing home abuse claim or lawsuit. It is better to act now and help your loved one than wait to take action later.
Our legal team in Arkansas can help you prepare materials to start fighting for the compensation you and your loved one deserve.
Call (800) 842-6336 for a free consultation and learn how a nursing home abuse lawyer from our firm in Arkansas can help you begin your legal journey today.