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Norwalk Nursing Home Attorney

Nursing Home Attorney in Norwalk, CT

A nursing home should be a place where loved ones are treated with care and dignity in the final years of their life. Tragically, though, this is not always the case. 

Nursing home abuse and neglect can take many forms, but it always results in harm to vulnerable elderly residents. If your loved one has been the victim of abuse or neglect at a nursing home in Norwalk, a Norwalk nursing home lawyer can help you recover compensation. 

Kennedy, Johnson, Schwab & Roberge is a Norwalk nursing home law firm that works with the families of nursing home residents who have suffered abuse by staff members. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with an experienced Norwalk lawyer for nursing home abuse.

Reasons to Choose Kennedy, Johnson, Schwab & Roberge as Your Norwalk Nursing Home Law Firm

The compassionate attorneys at Kennedy, Johnson, Schwab & Roberge fight aggressively to see justice served when a beloved family member has experienced neglect or abuse in a nursing home. Our team knows how to build a winning case against a nursing home, fighting to achieve compensation for the financial and emotional costs of nursing home abuse and neglect. 

Our award-winning team of trial attorneys has a strong track record of recovering million-dollar settlements for clients injured in Norwalk due to negligence. Some of the national organizations that have bestowed awards and honors on the skilled legal team at Kennedy, Johnson, Schwab & Roberge include: 

  • Martindale-Hubbel: AV Preeminent
  • U.S. News: Best Law Firms
  • America’s Top 100 Attorneys
  • Best Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers

We’re also a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and our attorneys hold many additional awards that recognize the superior outcomes they’ve achieved for our clients over the years.

When to Call a Norwalk Attorney for Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse

Nursing home abuse and neglect can take many forms. These include: 

  • Physical abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Financial abuse

In most cases, the victim of nursing home abuse is an elderly individual who may be unable or afraid to communicate that abuse is taking place. Some of the most common signs of nursing home abuse or neglect include: 

  • Bedsores
  • Injuries
  • Bruises
  • Dehydration
  • Infections
  • Frequent illness
  • Accidents that result in physical injury
  • Signs that physical constraints have been used
  • Signs of poor physical hygiene
  • Unlaundered bed sheets or clothing
  • Emotional changes
  • Withdrawal from loved ones

If your loved one is a resident in a nursing home, you should be aware of the risk of nursing home abuse. If you see these or other signs that make you concerned for your loved one’s well-being, don’t hesitate to consult with a Norwalk attorney for nursing home abuse.

How a Norwalk Nursing Home Lawyer Fights for You

To prove nursing home abuse, you typically begin by investigating the signs of abuse. If your loved one shows physical indications of abuse, a Norwalk nursing home lawyer will likely need documentation from a physician detailing how and why their injuries occurred. 

Your lawyer will collect that and other documentation and build a case proving negligence against the facility. At the same time, they’ll work to itemize the costs and other forms of damage to create a target compensation goal. 

Finally, your lawyer will enter into negotiations with the nursing home’s insurance company. Most personal injury cases are resolved at this stage. 

However, sometimes it becomes necessary to take a case to court to recover fair compensation. The legal team at Kennedy, Johnson, Schwab & Roberge are skilled litigators with a strong track record of successful court outcomes. If going to court is in your best interests, our team won’t hesitate to take on the challenge of a trial.

Proving Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse

Nursing home abuse can be the result of one individual's malicious actions, but it is often caused by poor management, policies, and supervision. In some cases, abuse can even be perpetrated by one resident against another. 

A nursing home is responsible for properly vetting and supervising both its staff and its residents. The facility’s insurance policy is typically designed to provide compensation in the event of abuse since ensuring the safety of residents is its major responsibility.

A Norwalk nursing home attorney will investigate the nature of the abuse that has occurred. Then, they will take legal action by building a case and seeking compensation through the nursing home’s insurance policy.

Recovering Nursing Home Compensation

A nursing home is intended to be a place where residents can live out their final years in peace. It is a tragedy when a loved one instead becomes the victim of abuse. Nursing home abuse verdicts and settlements typically bring six- and seven-figure compensation values due to the irreparable harm these cases involve.  

A Norwalk lawyer for a nursing home will work to collect evidence proving the compensation value your loved one is owed. That value is arrived at by adding up damages, which can include: 

  • Medical bills incurred by the abuse
  • Future medical costs related to the abuse
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional anguish
  • Embarrassment and humiliation
  • Diminished quality of life

In some cases, a court may also award punitive damages. This additional compensation is typically only provided in cases involving severe negligence or malicious intention. Tragically, maliciousness is a common factor in cases involving elder abuse

Elderly individuals often experience health challenges that include frailty and weakened immune systems. The physical injuries and risk of infection often associated with nursing home abuse impact an elderly individual more severely than they would a younger person. 

Your attorney will take this into consideration when they seek compensation for you. Tragically, nursing home abuse can lead to life-altering medical conditions and even death. 

If you believe your loved one’s death was the result of nursing home abuse, a Norwalk lawyer for nursing home abuse can help you seek compensation by filing a wrongful death claim. 

How it Works

Contingency Fees

At Kennedy, Johnson, Schwab & Roberge, L.L.C., we handle all Nursing Home Neglect cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that we do not get paid unless and until you receive a settlement or a jury award.

Schedule a free, confidential consultation with a skilled Connecticut personal injury lawyer today. Contact us online or call our New Haven law firm directly at 203-865-8430.

Questions

Nursing Home Neglect FAQs

When Should I Call a Norwalk Nursing Home Lawyer?

You should consult with a Norwalk nursing home lawyer as soon as you suspect that abuse is occurring. Nursing home abuse is both a crime and a tragedy, and it often has fatal consequences. Never hesitate to come forward with concerns about abuse. 

You don’t need to have proof of nursing abuse or neglect to speak with a lawyer. You can share your concerns with a lawyer during a free consultation, and they’ll advise you on how to move forward. 

Can I Afford a Norwalk Nursing Home Attorney?

When you work with Kennedy, Johnson, Schwab & Roberge, you don’t have to worry about affording a skilled attorney. We work with clients on contingency. Payment is rendered directly out of the compensation value we win for you, and you only pay if we win your case. This type of arrangement allows you to take legal action immediately, regardless of your current finances.

What if I Think a Loved One’s Death Was Caused by Nursing Home Abuse?

A Norwalk nursing home lawyer can help you pursue compensation when nursing home abuse leads to a loved one’s death. They do this by filing a wrongful death action. Wrongful death compensation grants you money intended to cover funeral and burial expenses, medical bills, and the emotional damage of such a loss. Seeking compensation through a nursing home wrongful death claim is typically only an option for immediate relatives such as a spouse or child.

Is There a Time Limit for Taking Action over Norwalk Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect?

Connecticut law allows you up to two years to take action over matters of personal injury like Norwalk nursing home abuse. However, it takes time for a lawyer to investigate, build a case, and undergo negotiations. 

Thus, waiting puts you at risk of running out of time to pursue a claim. If you suspect that nursing home abuse has occurred, recovering compensation depends on contacting a Norwalk nursing home attorney as soon as possible.

Free Consultation with a Norwalk Nursing Home Attorney

Elder abuse in a nursing home is unacceptable. When it happens to your loved one, the attorneys at Kennedy, Johnson, Schwab & Roberge are ready to fight for justice. We’ll work to hold a negligent nursing home accountable for its actions and fight to ensure you and your loved one receive the compensation you deserve.

If you’re concerned about the well-being of a family member living in a nursing home, ask for help today. Contact Kennedy, Johnson, Schwab & Roberge to schedule a free consultation with an experienced Norwalk nursing home lawyer. 

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