According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, it is estimated that anywhere between one million and two million Americans ages 65 and older have been injured, mistreated, or exploited by a caregiver. Elder abuse can take place in the home or at a nursing home, long-term care facility, or various other institutions. There are many types of elder abuse, including physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, exploitation, neglect, and abandonment. Fortunately, a personal injury attorney can help provide legal representation for the victims of elder abuse and neglect.
The first thing that will typically occur during your initial consultation with an elder abuse lawyer is an in-depth discussion regarding your case. A good way to prepare for this is to create a timeline that outlines the details of the incident and lists any witnesses that may be interviewed later. Once you have provided your lawyer with sufficient information, he or she will help you determine the best course of action, such as filing a personal injury claim or beginning the lawsuit process.
It is important to ask as many questions as possible during the consultation, including how long the process will take, what paperwork or medical documentation is needed, and what you can expect from the outcome. You may also consider asking your personal injury lawyer how much legal service cost, including any filing or processing fees for the claim itself. Finally, ask how your attorney will maintain the lines of communication so that you know who you can contact with questions and how you will be notified of any updates.
The personal injury lawyers at Shea Law Group are devoting to helping elder abuse victims and their families gain fair compensation as soon as possible. Learn more about our practice areas by contacting us at (773) 365-0040 or visiting our website.