FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT NURSING HOME ABUSE.
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At Pick Law, we pride ourselves on providing high-caliber legal services to all of our clients in San Diego, CA. Over the years, we have noticed that many clients harbor the same concerns and have the same questions about elder and nursing home abuse laws.
Our San Diego elder abuse attorney has compiled some of the most commonly asked questions brought to our office and provided the answers below. We hope you find this information useful!
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- I only have a hunch that my elderly loved one may be suffering from abuse or neglect? What can I do?
Sometimes, it is hard to be absolutely certain that your loved one is experiencing abuse or negligence in a nursing home or residential care facility. However, if you have a gut feeling that something is wrong, you have a good reason to look into the situation. It is important that you listen to your intuition. Our attorney would be happy to review the circumstances during a free consultation to determine if you have a case that should be pursued.
- My elderly loved one has become injured in a nursing home. What should I do next?
It is very important that you remain level-headed at this time. Remaining calm and rational can allow you to better help your loved one. As soon as you notice or learn of the injury, discuss the matter with nursing home staff and make sure your loved one receives proper medical care. Speak with your loved one, in private if possible, about the injury for more information. Take photographs and notes about any information you are able to obtain. Visit the nursing home regularly, at different times of the day, to check on your loved one. Seek the counsel and guidance of our lawyer as soon as possible.
- Why should I hire a San Diego elder abuse lawyer to handle my case?
Retaining the services of a lawyer who is well-versed in nursing home abuse cases could enhance the chances that you will reach the most positive case outcome possible. Insurance companies are bound to take you more seriously once they know you have taken legal action. Our office's founder has represented physicians in medical malpractice claims, so he knows how insurance companies think, which can be instrumental to your case. Relying on legal representation also tends to maximize the amount of compensation you could receive.
- What will filing a claim accomplish?
Filing a claim will grant you the compensation you need for your loved one's injuries, allowing you to pay for medical care and any other injury-related costs, including pain and suffering. In addition, by holding negligent nursing homes accountable for their oversight, the facility may be more inclined to hire additional staff and / or properly train and screen employees. By filing a claim for your loved one, you can do your part in helping put a stop to elder abuse.
- How can I choose a nursing home for my loved one to minimize the risk of abuse or negligence?
If you are considering placing your loved one in a nursing home, you must do your research before making a final decision. Visit Medicare.gov to look at nursing home rankings in your area and consult with friends for possible recommendations. You should inquire about the facilities record with the California Department of Public Health (for nursing homes) or California Community Care Licensing (for residential care facilities). Once you have narrowed your choices, visit the home several times to carefully observe and ask questions. Make sure the nursing home offers activities that would appeal to your loved one.
If your question was not answered above, please do not hesitate to contact us below as soon as possible.