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  • Writer's pictureLeitner Varughese Warywoda

What to Ask Before Hiring a Nursing Home Abuse Attorney

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If your elderly loved one was mistreated by nursing home staff, you’re probably wondering how to seek justice. While nothing can erase the trauma surrounding the neglect or abuse, filing a claim could at least provide the funds needed to secure better care for the victim.

Since long-term care facilities generally have the resources to fight any such actions against them, though, you probably don’t want to proceed on your own. Thankfully, a nursing home abuse lawyer can help.

You can determine whether you’ve found the right attorney to take your case by asking the following during your initial consultation:

1. Have You Handled Many Cases Like My Own?

While you don’t necessarily need a specialist, you do want someone who’s well-versed in the statutes, precedents, and proceedings that can influence claims against long-term care facilities. Therefore, it’s wise to confirm the lawyer you’re thinking about hiring has successfully handled claims that had elements similar to your own.

2. What Do You Think Is the Likeliest Outcome to My Claim?

The answer to this question will let you know whether you’ve found a reputable professional. Attorneys who practice with integrity don’t make promises they can’t keep. Since legal proceedings are inherently unpredictable, that means they don’t guarantee satisfactory settlements or favorable judgements.

The lawyer might discuss the most likely outcome given the circumstances, but they will make sure to include a disclaimer, as well.

3. How Often Will You Update Me on the Status of My Case?

You might not be your attorney’s most important client, but you certainly deserve to feel like you are. After all, there’s a lot at stake for your family, and your financial security inevitably hinges on the outcome of your claim.

As such, you’ll want to confirm that you’re going to feel like a priority. Your lawyer should update you frequently on the status of your case and make themselves available to address any questions or concerns as soon as they arise.

4. What Is Your Fee Structure?

You should be skeptical of anyone who promises to take your claim for a low, flat rate. If disputes arise, it’s highly unlikely that they’ll put in any extra effort to resolve them in your favor.

Instead, look for a firm that offers contingency arrangements. Under this arrangement, the attorney’s fees come out of the payout that results. And if the claim proves unsuccessful? You won’t own any fees at all.

Speak with a New York Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer

At Leitner Varughese, we know just how devastating it is to learn a loved one has been receiving substandard care from nursing home staff. Should this be the position in which you find yourself, we can help you determine the most strategic way to proceed.

Our compassionate team counsels clients on Long Island, throughout New York City, and across New York state. Call 855-585-2969 or submit the Contact Form on our website to schedule a free consultation with a nursing home abuse attorney in New York.


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