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Five Mistakes You Should Avoid If Your Loved One Has Been Abused or Neglected in a Nursing Home

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If you suspect nursing home abuse or neglect, don't make these mistakes.

Your goal is to help your loved one. You want her to recover for the injuries she suffered because of nursing home abuse and neglect, and you want the nursing home to pay for the inexcusable damage it has done.

Your loved one needs you and is counting on you to do the right thing, and we want to help you do just that.

Don’t Make a Mistake Before You Get Started

Despite your good intentions, there are certain mistakes that you can make that may hurt your loved one’s recovery rather than help it. Accordingly, we encourage you:

  1. NOT to confront the staff member(s) who may have harmed your loved one. This may lead to further harm, it may tip the staff member off to potential trouble, and it is unlikely to fix the problem.
     
  2. NOT to delay getting your loved one emergency medical care. A proper diagnosis and treatment plan can help your loved one avoid pain and suffering, and the medical record that is created may help you prove your nursing home abuse case.
     
  3. NOT to destroy evidence. Don’t let any witnesses get away, any pictures get deleted, or any other evidence be tampered with because it can all be important to your loved one’s recovery.
     
  4. NOT to wait too long to take action. Your loved one has a limited time to pursue a claim. If you fail to take action within that time then she won’t be able to recover damages.
     
  5. NOT to delay speaking with an attorney. An attorney can make sure that you do what needs to be done and that you avoid mistakes. An attorney can take the burden off of your shoulders and help you pursue justice.

The steps that you should take can be confusing, now that the nursing home you chose to care for your loved one has caused her harm.

Right now you need reliable information so that you can do what is best of your loved one. Please call us any time at 1-800-800-5678 for more tips and resources for protecting your loved one after nursing home abuse, or download a FREE copy of our book, Guide for Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Victims: What You Need to Know to Protect Your Legal Rights and Get Every Dollar You Deserve, to learn more.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham

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