Elderly neglect and abuse is a terrible aspect of society and is an unfortunate circumstance that some people have to go through. Sadly, it’s a relatively common occurrence as well, with one out of every 10 elderly Americans experiencing some form of abuse. If you or someone you love is in this situation, it’s important to get them out immediately. It’s also a good idea to find an elder abuse attorney who can help.
If you don’t know which elder abuse lawyer is right for you, here are a few tips for figuring that out.
Set up a consultation
Despite how convenient the internet and talking over the phone can be, it’s imperative that you set up an initial meeting with your chosen lawyer(s). Of course, you will have to speak with them briefly beforehand, which is when you can give them a quick summary of your predicament. Typically, consultations are free but if there is a fee, find out how much it will be. It’s also a good idea to sit down with more than one attorney to compare your experience.
Ask about their previous cases
There are so many different facets of the law that not every lawyer will familiar or knowledgeable with elderly neglect and abuse. Ask the attorney if they have had any experience dealing with cases similar to yours and the outcome of those cases if any. It may also behoove you to inquire as to how long they’ve been practicing and their educational background. It’s important to know all the details about who will be fighting for you.
Consider your interaction
Lawyers can be great at what they do but if they’re unpleasant to deal with, then you won’t want to hire them. Therefore, it’s important to not only consider their experience and capabilities but how they interact with you as well. If an attorney doesn’t answer your phone calls, is late to meetings, is unpolite or unprofessional, or is otherwise unhelpful to any regard besides the case, then it might be a sign that they aren’t right for you.
Whether it’s elder abuse, nursing home neglect, or somewhere in between, it’s important to find the right attorney for the job.
If you or a loved one is experiencing elderly neglect or abuse, give us a call today.