What Can Be Done to Improve a Nursing Home Abuse Case?
If you’ve suspected that your loved one in a nursing home has been abused or neglected by staff members, you may have a case.
Sometimes, though, you may go to an attorney who tells you that they can’t help you at the moment.
Having a case turned down doesn’t have to be the end of the road. There are two main reasons for a case to be rejected:
- Injuries may not have resulted from negligence, recklessness, or abuse (in other words, the nursing home isn’t at fault); or
- Abuse may have happened, but there isn’t enough compelling evidence to prove it.
One of the best things you can do to support your nursing home abuse case is to give your attorney what he or she needs in order to help you. That means you need to provide evidence.
Follow these tips:
- Document everything to do with your loved one and the nursing home. Keep track of anything said or written involving your loved one.
- Talk to other residents and their families.
- Collect medical records for any treatment your loved one has received.
- Record anything your family member tells you about the home.
- Document observations you and your family have about your loved one, the nursing home (particularly the living conditions), and anything else that you uncover.
The more evidence you have, the more likely it is that your attorney can help.
If you can provide solid grounds that abuse or neglect did happen, you’ll have a better chance of having your case accepted by an attorney.
Think your case has merit and needs to be pursued? Talk to a nursing home abuse attorney at Wettermark Keith. We truly care about helping you receive the compensation you deserve.