How to Choose the Right Elder Abuse Attorney
- Dan T. Matrafajlo
- Wed Apr 2021
- Elder Abuse,
It is not easy to make the decision of placing an elderly loved one in an assisted living facility or nursing home. For some of us, this may not be a choice at all. Regardless of why the decision was made, we depend on the facility to take care of our elderly once trusted in their care. The last thing we expect is for our loved one to be injured or abused in a nursing care facility.
Unfortunately, the sad truth is that not all nursing homes and their employees and staff have the best intentions in taking care and providing for their elderly residents. Elderly individuals are generally more fragile and an easier prey for abuse. If you believe that your elderly loved one may have been abused by a nursing home staff member or other resident, you need to take immediate steps to protect their legal rights.
Types of Elder Abuse
There are different types of abuse an elderly resident at a nursing home or care facility can be subject to. In most cases, offenders can be held both criminally and civilly liable. In a criminal case, the District or City attorney prosecutes and seeks criminal reparations under the Penal Code. In a civil case, a New Jersey elder abuse attorney can seek monetary damages for violations of civil elder law statutes.
Common types of elder abuse include but are not limited to:
- Financial abuse
- Sexual abuse and assault
- Emotional abuse
- Physical abuse
Most signs of elder abuse are not easily noticeable. This is especially the case if your elderly loved one is not living with you or is in a nursing home. In these types of situations, you need to be more careful and attentive to signs that may indicate elder abuse.
Choosing the Right New Jersey Elder Abuse Attorney
If you suspect your elderly loved one may be subject to elder abuse, you need to hire the right attorney to protect his or her rights. Below are some tips to consider when searching for an elder abuse lawyer in New Jersey:
Reputation and referrals are important factors when choosing an elder abuse attorney. Ask your friends, relatives and other people you trust in the community if they have had good experiences with their attorney.
Experience is also an important factor in your decision making. An attorney who has experience handling elder abuse cases will be more successful in handling your elder abuse case.
You need to also consider the potential attorney’s track record. Past success can be a good indication of how the attorney will handle your case.
Call a New Jersey Elder Abuse Attorney Today!
The legal team at Beninato & Matrafajlo Attorneys at Law, LLC is dedicated to helping our injured clients reach the best monetary settlement when they are involved in any type of accident.
If you suspect a loved one has become the victim of elder abuse, you need an experienced and caring legal advocate on your side. Our experienced New Jersey elder abuse attorneys are available to personally review your case. Call us at 908-355-7100 to schedule a free, complimentary consultation with our legal team today.