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Elder Abuse Cases Often Require an Attorney

Dec 25, 2007
Quite often, an elder abuse case goes to court. If it does not, there is generally an out of court settlement. In other words, very few of these kinds of cases are simply ignored. People do not want to see their elderly relatives and friends mistreated, abused, and neglected. When things such as this do happen, people want justice for them, and that involves a court or at least a lawyer to get an out of court settlement that is fair and just.

If the abuse occurred in a nursing home, a nursing home negligence attorney or nursing home abuse lawyer would be the people to contact. In addition, they would be good options even if the abuse has not occurred but nursing home neglect is suspected.

For cases of abuse that may not be directly related to a nursing home, an elder abuse lawyer can work toward getting a settlement from and/or judgment against the individuals that actually harmed the elderly person. If an elderly person does not have relatives to check on him or her, elder abuse is more likely because there will be fewer people to notice.

In addition, abuse of the elderly can be mental or emotional instead of physical, making it much more difficult to notice. Some elderly people are not able to communicate that well with others, and they are the ones that are most at risk for abuse, because they often cannot tell anyone that the abuse is taking place. Some people have hidden cameras set up to catch abuse happening, but most people do not take these steps.

When abuse of the elderly is found, however, an elder abuse lawyer is generally needed. Trying to represent oneself in court is often a poor idea, especially in a difficult or complex case. In addition, a lawyer has a much better idea of what is fair compensation in an abuse case, which means that there is a much higher chance of the elderly person and/or his or her family receiving what they actually deserve instead of only what the other party thinks that they should have.

Finding a competent and caring elder abuse lawyer can help to ensure that justice is done and that the abuse is stopped. By taking a case to a lawyer, not only can the victim be compensated but other elderly people can be protected in the future as well.
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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