If you suspect a nursing home of elderly abuse, an attorney can help. The first step is collecting evidence that may prove elderly abuse was committed. This abuse can range anywhere from neglect to physical, mental and/or drug abuse. Thus, keeping a journal with dates, times and the type of abuse is good place to start.
Next, a nursing home abuse lawyer can be located in your area by visiting nursing-home-abuse.org. The area of practice is often called “Injury, Health and Disability” or “Accident and Injury,” and the subcategory, “Nursing Home Abuse” or “Malpractice.”
Once you find a nursing home abuse attorney, you’ll need to state your case. The attorney will then determine the extent of the elder abuse or nursing home neglect that occurred, whether it is persisting, and if other residents have been subject to the same abuse. In the event more cases are uncovered, a “class action” lawsuit may be sought against the nursing home in a court of law.
Since elderly abuse may affect multiple individuals at the nursing home, it’s important to present cases like this to an attorney. The nursing home attorney will then decide whether there’s enough substantiating evidence for a trial. By presenting the case to a lawyer, a person may be protecting various elderly at the nursing home and not just their family member(s). If in fact the case is won, it will help change the lives of many, and all because one person had the courage to speak up.
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