Elder abuse can occur in a variety of ways, though many people do not think of medical malpractice and elder abuse as being related. Unfortunately, elder abuse in the medical field is vastly understudied and often unnoticed. At Johnson, Zegen, Scott & Williams, PLLC, we are here to help if you need a Dallas elder abuse attorney after a medical mistake has been made. We understand the devastation that the elderly experience if medical malpractice occurs, and we will work to secure any compensation victims are entitled to.
Nursing home abuse is vastly underreported in the United States, and medical malpractice in the nursing home setting is often covered up by blaming any complications on the natural processes of aging. However, nursing home residents deserve justice when they have experienced medical malpractice at the hands of nursing home facility staff.
There are various ways that medical malpractice occurs in a nursing home, including the following:
Many elderly people in the United States rely on varying levels of in-home care. In some cases, this includes a nurse or other medical professional coming by a home a few times a week or maybe each day to administer medications and ensure the patient’s well-being. However, some in-home care involves 24/7 care in the patient’s home.
There are various ways that medical malpractice can occur in the in-home care setting. This can include:
If you have discovered that your loved one has suffered from abuse at the hands of a caretaker, you need to be aware of the timeline to file a lawsuit to recover compensation. The Texas personal injury statute of limitations is two years from the date the injury occurs. This means that family members of abuse victims have a two-year window with which to file a lawsuit to recover compensation on behalf of their loved one. Failing to file a claim within this specified amount of time will likely mean that victims will not recover compensation for their losses.
Dallas elder abuse cases can become incredibly complicated, often because the signs and symptoms of elder abuse mimic other common injuries and illnesses that the elderly sustain. Dallas elder abuse cases typically require extensive investigation. At Johnson, Zegen, Scott & Williams, PLLC, we have the resources and legal expertise necessary to:
At Johnson, Zegen, Scott & Williams, PLLC, we have no problem taking a Dallas elder abuse case to trial if that is what it takes to ensure that the abusers are held accountable and at the victims are fairly compensated for what happened to them.
Many family members of elder abuse victims do not call an attorney because they are afraid they will not be able to afford one. However, the Dallas elder abuse lawyer at Johnson, Zegen, Scott & Williams, PLLC is proud to take these cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that we will not charge any upfront or out-of-pocket costs for the case, and we will only collect legal fees after we obtain the compensation that the abuse victims and their families are entitled to. We take these cases with this fee arrangement because we believe that every elder abuse victim deserves justice, and we want to hold abusers accountable for their actions.
Whether your loved one is in a nursing home or is receiving in-home care, you need to be vigilant and on the lookout for signs and symptoms that medical malpractice may be occurring. Even if you only suspect there is a problem, but do not have proof, you need to take steps to protect your loved one.
If you or somebody you love has been the victim of medical malpractice elder abuse, contact the elder abuse attorney in Dallas at Johnson, Zegen, Scott & Williams, PLLC for help with your case today. Our goal is to conduct a complete investigation into the incident(s) in order to secure the compensation you need. This can include:
The total amount of compensation available for these claims will vary depending on the facts surrounding each particular case. Factors that can affect compensation amounts include the severity of the injuries, how long the abuse occurred, the emotional and psychological toll the abuse has on the victim, and more.