Minnesota Elder/Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer

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Minnesota Statute 626.557 declares it to be Minnesota's public safety policy to protect adults who are vulnerable to maltreatment because they are dependent on institutional services due to physical or mental disability. Nursing home and elder abuse personal injury attorneys specialize in enforcing this statute and other laws, regulations, and decisions made to serve and protect the elderly to ensure them a high standard of care.

Elder abuse is a term used to describe mistreatment and neglect of older adults. According to the World Health Organization, elder abuse is a single, or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust which causes harm or distress to an older person.

Elder/nursing home abuse presents itself in many different forms, and can range from physical, sexual, and psychological abuse to malnutrition, financial exploitation, and pure neglect. If you have made the difficult decision to place a family member in a nursing home, you and your family member shouldn't have to suffer through any type of neglect or abuse at the hands of a caregiver or even other residents.

Sometimes the abuse is simply in the failure to take action to prevent injury or death, such as in cases of neglect. Bruises, broken bones, or a sudden decline or change in physical or mental health, are signs that a resident may be a victim of abuse.

Elder abuse and nursing home attorneys have at least a four-year university degree in various fields of study and have passed the Minnesota State Bar Written Examination, the Multi-state Bar Examination, the Multi-state Essay Examination, and the Multi-state Professional Responsibility Exam. Furthermore, these attorneys are required to keep abreast of legal issues and standards by participating in a number of continuing education courses. The Minnesota Bar Association regulates the behavior and standards of these professionals.

The primary responsibility of a nursing home or elder abuse attorney is to give his/her clients full access to their legal rights. That client may be an elderly person who has suffered mentally and/or physically from the negligent care of nursing home staff or in-home caregivers, suffered mental, physical, or financial abuse, or survivors of elderly persons whose deaths were caused by the negligent or abusive actions of any person or facility obligated to providing a standard of care.

It is the goal of nursing home and elder abuse attorneys to prove claims that the negligent behavior of someone who owed a greater standard of care to an elderly person resulted in preventable suffering, and to therefore win full and fair settlements that cover all damages including medical bills, pain and suffering, and burial expenses for such neglected individuals and their families by way of negotiation or trial.

Expertise in this area of personal injury law allows these attorneys to overcome hurdles put in place by insurance companies or attorneys defending nursing homes or caregivers. They are knowledgeable of state laws regulating the nursing industry and others involved in caring for the elderly. Elder abuse and nursing home attorneys have developed special relationships with state agencies responsible for monitoring the behavior of nursing and medical facilities and help elderly persons ensure that their rights have not been violated by these agencies.

It is standard practice in the state of Minnesota for attorneys servicing the elderly to offer free consultations. If you, or someone you love, has suffered abuse or neglect at the hands of a caregiver or nursing home staff member, contact a Minnesota elder/nursing home abuse lawyer or attorney today.


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