Finding out that a family member or other loved one is suffering elder abuse at the hands of a nursing home, assisted living facility, or other caregiver can be devastating. Knowing that an elderly person is suffering abuse is certainly bad enough, but the confusion of trying to understand what you can do to help them can often make things worse. While some public resources are available to combat elder abuse, many such agencies are overworked, overwhelmed, and with limited resources to take meaningful action in your particular case.
Thus, many people find that turning to a private elder abuse attorney who will focus his or her individual attention on your matter to immediately take action on your behalf is the best option in protecting a loved one and obtaining the justice and financial recovery that is due, often with the additional benefit of helping other elderly persons in similar situations by exposing and deterring prevalent elder abuse.
Here are a few things to keep in mind in finding the right elder abuse attorney for your situation.
Can the Elder Abuse Attorney Take Action in Your Jurisdiction?
First off, it will be necessary for you to find an attorney who actually has the ability to bring your legal action in your jurisdiction. While state and federal law both impact elder abuse cases, most elder abuse cases are primarily based on state law and will be brought in the general region in which the abuse occurred.
Thus, you will need to find an attorney who is admitted to practice in your state and who also has the willingness and ability to investigate the claim – which generally requires on-the-ground action in the vicinity of the nursing the home – and take legal action in the region. This does not necessarily mean you have to find a local attorney, as a skilled attorney from another part of the state may who has the willingness to travel for your case may be in a far better position than a less well-equipped attorney who is closer.
What Results/Experience Does the Elder Abuse Attorney Have?
Many attorneys advertise themselves as doing elder abuse cases – along with a host of other practice areas – in a bid to bring in more clients, but they may have limited and even no experience in the area. Elder abuse cases can be complex factual and legal matters, and it is important to entrust your loved one’s case with an attorney who has the experience and skills to win justice and full compensation on their behalf, as you may not have multiple chances to bring your time-sensitive action.
One of the best ways to determine whether an attorney has the necessary skills and experience is to look at their past record. What kind of financial results have they won for past clients in similar circumstances? While elder abuse cases are about far more than money, looking at past financial results is a relatively easy way to gauge the general effectiveness of an attorney to win justice.
What Motivates the Elder Abuse Attorney?
Finally, while winning financial recovery for a loved one’s losses is indeed an important motivator, it is also helpful to look at what truly motivates an attorney in bringing an elder abuse case. If it is just money, you may not have the best client experience, especially if the going gets tough in bringing the case.
Determine whether the attorney truly cares about the rights and plight of seniors. You might inquire as to their civic involvement and work on behalf of elderly people, including those that they do not represent. Such an attorney may have the drive to carry on through obstacles and difficulties on behalf of your family member when others may not.
Contact the Southern California Elder Abuse Attorneys at Johnson Moore Today
At Johnson Moore, we know full well that elder abuse victims and their families often face stonewalling, denial, and even intimidation when they try to take action against elder abuse. Our attorneys are compassionate and determined defenders of the elderly, and we will take the time to fully understand your concerns and assess what steps we can take on your behalf. Even if you are unsure of whether you have a valid claim, we look forward to hearing from you to help you explore your options for obtaining the justice you deserve. Contact Johnson Moore today to schedule a free consultation.