When you make the decision to put a loved one in a nursing home, you are putting their life—and your confidence that they are being well taken care of—in the hands of others. While some nursing homes and its employees provide a safe and caring environment, there are too many that, unfortunately, do not. If you find yourself dealing with the latter, the team at Spector Injury & Accident Lawyers have put together everything you need to know before you file a nursing home negligence lawsuit.
Remember That You Are Not the Only One
When you think that your loved one is being harmed, poorly treated or is in danger at their nursing home, it can be easy to assume that you are the only one feeling this way and dealing with this unfortunate situation. However, a CNN investigation that was conducted in 2017 concluded that there has been more than 1,000 cases of rape, sexual assault and sexual abuse cases in nursing homes that were poorly handled. So, if you are suspicious of how your loved one is being treated in their nursing home, your suspicion is most likely correct, and you should contact a nursing home negligence lawyer immediately.
Having a Legal Team is Vital
Far too often, people who want to file a nursing home lawsuit wait too long to take action because they either think it may not be as bad as they’re assuming, or they believe that they can investigate the issue on their own. However, waiting too long and pursuing it on your own are the worst things you can do—not only does it prolong your loved one’s dangerous situation, but there may also be agencies involved whom you are not equipped to handle. Instead, contact a lawyer as soon as possible so that you can get a professional evaluation, guidance and the expertise that you need to get your loved one safe and get them the justice they deserve.
You Are Shedding Light On an Issue and Helping Others
By following through and filing a lawsuit on a negligent nursing home, there are so many victories that accompany cases like these. While there is the monetary reward that typically follows winning a nursing home negligence case, there is also the victory of knowing that your loved one will no longer be in danger. But perhaps the biggest victory of these cases is that your loved one isn’t the only one being saved—your nursing home lawsuit is also bringing to light issues that will most likely improve the lives of others living in that nursing home.
Recent Reforms Have Made Filing Easier
Back in the day, it was extremely difficult to file a lawsuit against a nursing home. Thankfully, Medicare and Medicaid program reforms were passed in 2016 with the goal of improving the quality of care and protection that people living in nursing homes received. Since the passing of these laws, filing a nursing home negligence lawsuit has never been easier.
If you believe that there is suspicious behavior occurring at a nursing home, contact Spector Injury & Accident Lawyers today. Specializing in the representation of victims who have suffered due to the negligence of others, we will work hard to win your nursing home lawsuit, and we do not get paid unless you win your case. Visit our website today to schedule your consultation!