Qualities to Look for in a Palm Beach County Nursing Home Abuse Attorney
The case law, statutes, and procedures surrounding nursing home abuse and negligence are highly complex. Even an experienced attorney can make an error that leads to unnecessary delays, added costs for the client, and perhaps a reduction of the financial recovery. It is important therefore that you do not hire a law firm unless you are certain they have the experience and resources to provide effective representation.
The Palm Beach County nursing home abuse lawyers at Donaldson & Weston have many years of experience helping families navigate the legal system. We work closely with a wide array of medical experts whose deposition often plays a critical role in the outcome of these cases. Our personal injury lawyers not only will fight for the compensation you deserve but will also strive to make the proceedings as stress free as possible for your family.
Read on to learn a few qualities you should consider before hiring a nursing home neglect lawyer in Palm Beach County:
- A Track Record of Success: While many attorneys have achieved successful outcomes in certain practice areas like auto accidents and premises liability, our personal injury lawyers have a track record of success in nursing home abuse and negligence cases. We know the kinds of evidence needed to build the strongest possible case against the nursing home and/or the at-fault caregiver. We are also able to anticipate disputes before they arise and prepare to counter them.
- Litigation Experience: You certainly wouldn’t want to hire an attorney who’s willing to accept a low settlement offer. Unfortunately, many lawyers would be happy to resolve a claim without proceeding to litigation even if that means the client doesn’t recover a fair payout. One way to find out if the lawyer will fight for your best interests is to ask about their litigation experience. Has he or she taken cases to alternative dispute resolution or trial? What were their outcomes? Seasoned litigators also tend to be well-respected by insurance companies, which can work in your favor during settlement negotiations.
- Accessibility: It’s not uncommon for one personal injury attorney to handle the initial consultation and then for a case to be taken over by another lawyer. While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, you should make a point to meet the personal injury lawyer who is handling your case in person. Be sure to ask him or her for a direct line of contact, and find out if you will be able to call after office hours and on weekends. The best nursing home negligence lawyers will take every reasonable measure to be accessible to their clients throughout the proceedings.
- Positive Client Testimonials: Even if you ask all the right questions when vetting a lawyer, it can still be difficult to tell if they’re the right fit. To ensure you make the most informed decision possible, consider reading online reviews from past clients. This can give you an idea of how consistently the law firm provides effective representation and insight into what it’s like to work with the lawyer over the course of several months.