3 Nursing Home Abuse Tips

Have you been made aware of abuse or negligence in a nursing home? Read these 3 nursing home abuse tips and give our office a call today to get started.

Case Value

3 Nursing Home Abuse TipsClients sooner or later want to know the value of their case. Sometimes, we get asked that question in the very first conference. If they ask it at that point, we tell them we don’t know because the process for valuing a case takes time.

There are many considerations that go into the putting a value on a case. We start with gathering up the records, including the nursing home facility records, hospital records, and medical records of all kinds. That takes a long time. Determining how strong the liability part of the case is, can we prove that the facility neglected the loved one or abused the loved one or did something in a negligent fashion? Can we prove that and how easily can we do that? What are the damages? These are sometimes difficult cases to value in terms of the damages of medical bills, and typically there aren’t any lost wages because we’re dealing with elderly clients.

Value comes toward the end of the case. We generally talk about value range and the considerations that go into it don’t come about until we’re well into the case after we’ve discovered what we can find out what happened and the evidence that we can use to prove our case. All that factors into valuing your case. Eventually, we get to that point and we have that discussion but it’s not early on. If you have a nursing home case where a loved one has been injured or died or abused in the Nassau County, Duval County area, give us a call. We will sit down with you, go over the case with you, and come up with a plan that’s best for you and your loved one and your case.

Case Timeline

With nursing home litigation cases, the timeline can take longer than with other types of cases. At an absolute minimum, these cases will take 9 to 14 months, but probably going longer than that. If we file a lawsuit, you can add a year or two to the process. The truth is, our courts in northeast Florida have gotten clogged up again. It’s taking a long time to get cases to trial.

Nursing home litigation is unique in the sense that there is a lot of work that has to be done before we even have the right to file a lawsuit. Records must be collected. Sometimes, a nursing home resident has been in a facility for years and we have thousands and thousands of pages of records to sift through and organize and learn about the negligence that occurred. The resident may have been in and out of the nursing home facilities or hospitals. We have to gather all those records and get them reviewed by an appropriate healthcare provider before we’re entitled to sue. That process takes a long time.

We always advise clients to set their expectations appropriately because these are emotional cases where there has been abuse of a loved one. The spouse or the children will come in and usually emotions are pretty high. The expectations have to be set appropriately that this is not a quick process. It’s complex. It’s complicated. It’s similar to a medical malpractice case, which can also be complicated and time consuming. I want to get across the idea that this is not a quick process. Once that expectation has been set, then we can have conversations about how to move forward, what to do, and what is necessary to satisfy the Nursing Home Act so that we can get that loved one’s case in the best posture possible.

If you have that kind of a case in Nassau County, Duval County, or the surrounding areas, contact us today. We always have nursing home cases at our firm. We can sit down with you. I can help you. I can navigate you through this process and devise a plan that’s going to be best for you and your loved ones.

Wrongful Deaths

We have clients who come to us with possible nursing home cases where a loved one has passed away. They want to know if they have a case. Many years ago, the answer would be no. Now, you do. It’s a case that’s brought under Florida’s Wrongful Death Act in conjunction with the Florida Nursing Home Act. We prosecute that case. If that loved one has died as a result of inappropriate actions or inactions by the nursing home facility or the management company, then yes, we can prosecute that case and make the claim. If you have a case in Duval County, Nassau County, or any of the surrounding areas where a loved one has died in a nursing home facility, call us. We’ll sit down, go over the case, and devise a plan that’s best for you and your loved ones.

Did you lose a loved one from the negligence of another in Florida and have questions about our 3 nursing home abuse tips? Contact experienced Florida nursing home abuse lawyer at Paul Boone Law today for a free consultation and case evaluation.

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