If you discover that your elderly loved one suffered any kind of injury or harm as a result of elder abuse in their nursing home, you may feel angry, frustrated, and overwhelmed. You may want to seek justice on behalf of your elderly loved one and receive compensation for their resulting injuries and losses. In order to develop a strong elder abuse case, you may consider consulting with an attorney regarding your legal options and rights. Learn how to find the best attorney for elder abuse, and why having legal representation and an advocate by your side can help you ensure your legal rights remain protected.
Referrals and Recommendations
One of the best ways to discover who may have the ability to represent you, and your elderly loved one in a legal matter regarding elder abuse, would include asking your friends, family, financial advisor, accountant, or other trusted professional if they have any recommendations. If you remain unable to find an attorney that specializes in elder abuse through those avenues, consider looking at the websites of elder abuse attorneys to discover what their accolades and awards include. Additionally, seeking out reviews online can help you to determine whether or not an attorney has an outstanding track history of successfully ensuring that the legal rights of elderly residents remain protected and that they receive justice.
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Directly Contact an Elder Abuse Attorney and Ask Questions
The best way to truly get a feel for whether or not you sense that a nursing home abuse attorney will represent you well, is to simply call their office and speak with them about your case. Ask questions and determine if the attorney has a willingness to share his or her knowledge with you and has an ability to help you understand your rights and your options under the law. Make sure to ask the attorney whether or not they practice in this area of specialization regarding elder law, and whether or not they have successfully pursued litigation against anyone previously for elder abuse. Never hesitate to ask questions to a prospective attorney. Some questions you may ask include: How long have you practiced elder law? Do you have any experience with similar elder abuse cases? Will you be involved in the entire process from start to finish? Will you make any decisions without my approval? This is a person who will represent the legal rights of your elderly loved one, and they should take the time to ensure that your questions are fully answered.
Research Prospective Elder Abuse Attorneys
As you search for an attorney, make sure to either check their website, or ask them directly, regarding how long they have practiced elder abuse law, and what professional credentials they currently hold. Ask if they have any memberships in national consortiums, such as the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc. or Elder Counsel. Try to discover if they have any memberships to special committees or have accolades in the area of elder abuse litigation.
Discuss the Contract Agreement Upfront with an Elder Abuse Attorney
You should speak to all prospective elder abuse attorneys regarding their fees in an upfront manner. Any elder abuse attorney that remains unwilling to talk about their fees or fee structure may not be a good fit for you. Make sure that you understand what documents or services are included in a contract agreement, and how the attorney structures their fees. Request specific details regarding how ongoing or unexpected fees will be generally computed. Ask questions such as: Will the attorney charge a flat rate or hourly? Does the attorney work on a contingency fee basis? Does the attorney charge for an initial consultation? All of these questions are incredibly important to consider as you make your decision regarding who will represent your elderly loved one in their elder abuse case.
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Learn How an Elder Abuse Attorney Can Help You
Making a decision regarding which elder abuse attorney should represent your elderly loved one is a difficult decision. You want to ensure that your elderly loved one receives the justice they deserve. Consider consulting with your attorney in person, through video conferencing, or with a member of their team, so that you become comfortable with whether or not you think they will be a good fit for your particular elder abuse case. While there are many ways to attempt to find the best attorney for your elder abuse case, learn how a nursing home lawyer at Ben Crump Law, PLLC at (800) 959-1444 can help you understand all of your legal options, answer all of your questions, and explain how you may have the legal right to pursue compensation and justice on behalf of your elderly loved one.