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The Duties of a Nursing Home Negligence Attorney

Dec 25, 2007
A nursing home negligence attorney has a very important job to do. He or she works to help provide fair and just compensation for individuals that have been wronged through neglect or elder abuse.

These people - or their families - bring lawsuits against these facilities that treat them inappropriately, and when this takes place it can either go to court or it can settle out of court. Even if the facility does not feel it is really guilty of elder abuse or neglect, it will sometimes settle out of court to avoid a long and costly battle.

The elder abuse lawyer that is hired by the wronged party often works for free, and only gets paid if he or she wins the case. The lawyer for the other party, however, may or may not have his or her fee schedule that way. If he or she does not, the facility could end up paying a great deal of money for defense.

In that case, or if the elder care facility is aware that it or one of its employees was in the wrong, an out of court settlement might actually save money over what would have to be paid if the case went through the court system and a judge determined what the compensation should be.

That determination of monetary compensation would also partially depend on the nursing home abuse lawyer and how qualified he or she was. The skills and experience that a nursing home negligence attorney actually has can affect a case quite strongly, which is why it is important to search for the right attorney for a specific case of neglect or elder abuse.

All licensed attorneys are competent, and they all have their skills and abilities. Some, however, are more capable in specific areas, which is why it is important to find the one that will be the best fit for a particular case.

A nursing home abuse lawyer is able to provide an individual and his or her elderly relative with safety and security, monetary compensation, and the chance to help others as well. People who abuse or neglect elderly people should not be allowed to continue to do that.

However, they will not be stopped unless others speak up and find ways to stop them. The hiring of a nursing home negligence attorney is an important way to stop nursing home neglect and elder abuse from continuing and from happening to other people.
About the Author
Nick Johnson is lead counsel with Johnson Law Group. Johnson represents plaintiffs in many states and focuses on injury cases involving Fen-Phen and PPH, Paxil, Mesothelioma, maritime injury, and Nursing Home Abuse. Call Nick Johnson at 1-888-311-5522 or visit http://www.johnsonlawgroup.com
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