Montana Elder/Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer

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Montana nursing home and elder abuse attorneys are personal injury attorneys who use the laws, statutes, regulations, and decisions of the state and federal government to pursue justice when the rights of the elderly have been violated. These attorneys specialize in cases where a nursing home, medical facility, one of their staff members, or an in-home caregiver is accused of neglecting duties that result in the mental and/or physical suffering of an elderly person. These attorneys also use their legal expertise to prove mental, physical, and/or financial abuse claims. Sometimes they represent the elderly directly, while other times they may represent the elderly person's family members.

Nursing home or elder abuse attorneys ensure that clients who claim negligence have full access to their legal rights. Example cases may be that of an elderly person who has suffered mentally and/or physically from the negligent care of nursing home staff or in-home caregivers, an elderly person who has suffered mental, physical, or financial abuse, or the survivors of an elderly person whose death was caused by negligence or abuse while in a nursing facility.

Elder/nursing home abuse presents itself in many different forms, ranging 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.

It is the goal of nursing home and elder abuse attorneys to prove claims that the negligent behavior of a person or facility resulted in preventable suffering or death. Their goal is to win the largest, most fair settlements to cover all damages, from minor things such as broken eyeglasses or chipped dentures to things of greater value such as hip replacement, pain and suffering or burial expenses.

Visible injuries are the type that will be noticed right away. Some examples include broken bones, cuts, scars, and bed sores. If you notice any of these signs, it is important to report it immediately. Ask the resident about the injury, then the attending nurse and assistant, the staff supervisor, and the attending physician.

Neglect injuries include insufficient food and water, insufficient bathing opportunities, failure to change the resident's undergarments in a timely manner, inadequate medical care or treatment, failure to supply personal hygiene products, and failure to assist in the basic functions for the resident.

As personal injury attorneys, these professionals are well acquainted with hurdles put in place by insurance companies, medical and nursing facilities, or their defending attorneys. They are knowledgeable not only about state laws regulating the nursing industry and others involved in caring for the elderly, but also of those laws that regulate agencies that monitor these industries. Elder abuse and nursing home attorneys have developed special relationships with state agencies and law enforcement agencies that allow them access to information that is often difficult for individuals to obtain.

The state of Montana requires that anyone practicing in this field of law acquire at least a four-year university degree and pass the Montana State Bar Written Examination, the Multi-state Bar Examination, the Multi-state Essay Examination, and the Multi-state Professional Responsibility Exam. All nursing home and elder abuse attorneys in this state are bound by the rules of the Montana State Bar Association.


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