If your parent is in a nursing home, there is more than a small chance that he or she will suffer neglect or abuse. The statistics are shocking – according to the World Health Organization, 1 in 6 elderly people in long term care facilities will suffer some form of abuse. To make matters worse, WHO suspects this statistic is trending in the wrong direction since COVID-19.
See WHO’s shocking findings at: https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/elder-abuse
So if you suspect your loved one is being abused or neglected, you are not alone. Like many others, you may be considering reaching out to an attorney. But there’s that one thing in the back of your mind – how can you afford to hire an attorney to look into the case?
One piece of good news is that a nursing home abuse lawyer does not require a retainer. Nor does the lawyer charge by the hour. Nursing home abuse lawyers are paid on a “contingency fee basis.” But what does this mean?
A contingency fee basis means that the nursing home abuse lawyer gets a percentage of any settlement or verdict amount. Typically, nursing home abuse lawyers charge a 40-45% contingency fee.
In addition, the expenses incurred in litigating the case must be deducted. In nursing home abuse cases, an expert witness is usually required. These experts must charge for their time and services. Their bill is an expense on the case.
If the nursing home abuse lawyer doesn’t win your case, the lawyer doesn’t get paid a dime and actually loses the money they had to pay to an expert. The lawyer won’t send you a bill or expect any form of payment. In other words, there’s no financial risk to consulting with a nursing home abuse lawyer.
At Siniard Law, LLC, we specialize in Alabama nursing home abuse cases. If you think your loved one is being harmed, don’t wait another day to contact us.