Nursing Home Abuse FAQ
After finding out that your elderly loved one has been abused or neglected at a nursing home, you are understandably upset and wanting answers for this abuse and betrayal of trust. Regardless of whether the abuse took place in Seattle, Bellingham, Kirkland, or Olympia, your concerns should be addressed. While these answers are not meant to be exhaustive, they can help you better understand your situation. If you have questions that are not seen here, please feel free to call us for a free consultation.
Question: I suspect that my dad is not being cared for properly. What are the signs of this?
Answer: Typically, you should look for physical signs like bruises, welts, or cuts. But sometimes it is also helpful to be on the lookout for behavioral signs too like him not acting like himself, being abnormally shy, for example, or seeming distant.
Question: How long will it take to settle my nursing home case?
Answer: It can take as little as a month or as long as three years to settle a nursing home case. It just depends on where you are in the case.
Question: How much money is my nursing home case worth?
Answer: It is hard to know this without knowing the facts of the case. For instance, it is helpful to know how much money you are seeking, how much your loved one’s medical bills are, if any. Feel free to call us for a free consultation.
Question: What if my loved one does not have the mental capacity to sue?
Answer: If your elderly loved one is so out of his or her element mentally-speaking so as not to be able to make decisions on their own intelligently, then you will have to petition the court to appoint you, the child, or another competent adult, to become the GAL, which stands for guardian ad litem.
Question: How long do I have to file a lawsuit?
Answer: You have three years from the date of the negligence to file the documents in court.
Question: What’s the most amount of money you’ve settled a nursing home case?
Answer: Because of client confidentiality laws, I cannot disclose this, but the Jackman Law Firm has successfully settled many nursing home abuse cases for six figures.
Question: The nursing home is saying that my dad’s cuts and bruises are from another resident and because of that they can’t be blamed. Is this true?
Answer: No, not necessarily. The nursing home or assisted living facility has a duty to make sure that their home or facility is safe, which includes making sure residents are not abusing or harming other residents.