Loxahatchee Elder Abuse Lawyers

If you recently found out that your loved one has been neglected or abused in a nursing home, it’s only natural to feel angry, depressed, and even guilty. At Donaldson & Weston, we understand the pain that you and your family have suffered, and we are ready to help you pursue justice.

Our elder abuse attorneys will evaluate the circumstances of any individual incidents or ongoing mistreatment to determine if you have grounds for a claim. Call 561-299-3999 to schedule a free case evaluation with an elder abuse lawyer in Loxahatchee.

How to Calculate Pain and Suffering Damages in an Elder Abuse or Neglect Claim

There are five types of elder abuse—physical, emotional, sexual, financial, and neglect—and each affects victims differently; however, they all may cause pain and suffering to some extent. While victims may be entitled to recover compensation for their pain and suffering, calculating a fair amount can be challenging without the help of a seasoned attorney. Unlike economic damages, there are no receipts for non-economic losses, which means they are not objectively verifiable.

There are two widely accepted formulas that attorneys use to determine a reasonable amount for pain and suffering. The first approach is known as the “multiplier method.”

To apply this formula, your lawyer would add up all medical bills and then multiply the resulting figure by a factor of between 1.5 and 5. More serious injuries would warrant a higher multiplier while less severe injuries may call for a multiplier of 1.5 or 2.

The other approach is called the “per diem method.” To use this method, your attorney would determine a daily rate for pain and suffering—usually $100 or one day’s wages—and then multiply it by the number of days that the injured party spends recovering.

Your lawyer might use both approaches to calculate non-economic damages and then average the two figures or adjust them based on the specifics of your case. For example, falling victim to financial abuse or neglect may not result in as much pain and suffering as experiencing physical or sexual abuse. Regardless of the type of abuse your loved one suffered, though, you can be sure the attorneys at Donaldson & Weston will do everything in their power to secure the highest possible settlement for your family.

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