When faced with elder abuse and/or elder neglect, you need a legal team that provides you with knowledge, care and efficiency. We discuss three things to consider when hiring an elder abuse lawyer.
#1: Experience in Elder Abuse Law
You want to ensure that the lawyer you hire has extensive experience in elder abuse law. Elder abuse cases can be complicated, because nursing homes and assisted living facilities are subject to various state and federal regulations and laws. Your lawyer should have extensive knowledge and familiarity of these laws.
You may also consider asking the attorney about his or her past elder abuse case summaries. Does his or her firm have settlements and/or verdicts to share with you that prove success in this area of law?
#2: Provides a Free Consultation
Ask if the attorney provides a free consultation. During a free consultation, discuss your situation with the attorney and ask him or her any questions you may have. You want to ensure that the attorney seems invested in your case and has a positive opinion of your case.
How does the lawyer communicate with you? Do you feel comfortable with him or her? You need to be able to trust your lawyer. You want to feel like you picked the right law firm for your situation.
#3: Ask About Attorney’s Fees
The cost of an attorney depends on your location and the details of your case. However, you should ask about the attorney’s fees, and whether the attorney takes cases on a contingency fee basis.
Our San Jose elder abuse attorneys take cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that you do not pay attorney fees unless we recover compensation on your behalf through a settlement, trial, or arbitration.
We also pay for up-front costs associated with litigating our clients’ cases. If we get a settlement or verdict, then we are reimbursed for the paid costs spent on the case in addition to a percentage of the compensation to cover our fees. We discuss the fee arrangement and answer any questions before our clients retain us.
Contact Needham Kepner & Fish LLP About Your Situation
If you or a loved one are suffering from elder abuse and/or elder neglect in San Jose or anywhere in California, consider contacting our experienced elder abuse lawyers. Schedule a free consultation with us to discuss your unique situation.
We can answer any legal questions you may have and help you to understand your potential legal options. Call us at (408) 716-1668 or fill out our online contact form, and someone from our office will be in touch with you soon.