So, you submitted your nursing home lawsuit information to LegalASAP for a free evaluation. However, based on the answers you gave us, we told you that your claim didn’t qualify for legal assistance. Below are a few reasons why, and what you can do next.
Reason #1: The Deadline Already Passed to File Your Nursing Home Lawsuit
Depending on where you live, state laws set a specific deadline for filing your nursing home lawsuit. This deadline is otherwise known as the statute of limitations. If you live in Kentucky, Louisiana, or Tennessee, for example, you have just one year to file. However, no state gives you more than four years to file your nursing home lawsuit seeking justice and compensation. Of all possible reasons why your claim may not qualify for legal assistance, it’s almost certainly this one.
Reason #2: You Already Have a Lawyer Handling Your Loved One’s Case
Want a second opinion, or thinking about firing the lawyer currently representing your nursing home lawsuit? If so, then that’s why we couldn’t match you with another attorney in the LegalASAP network. You must sign a retainer and fee agreement in order to secure legal services from a nursing home attorney. These two documents essentially serve as a contract between you and your attorney, and we don’t want to break that. While it’s possible to terminate your current attorney and then hire a new one, LegalASAP cannot do that for you.
Reason #3: No LegalASAP Attorneys Near You Can Handle Your Nursing Home Lawsuit At This Time
In some cases, LegalASAP cannot match you with a local, available attorney. Maybe that’s because we don’t have any attorneys in our network where you live, for example. If you live in a rural or sparsely populated area, this could be why your claim didn’t qualify. Or perhaps no attorneys near you can accept new clients or provide free nursing home lawsuit consultations. Since your loved one is in a distressing situation, the best thing you can do right now is report it. Follow the steps below to contact a long-term care advocate or group in your state right away:
- Click the map where your loved one lives on the Consumer Voice interactive directory site.
- The next page should display various state, regional, and local resources, including websites, phone numbers, and email addresses.
- Contact any ombudsman, state agency, or citizen advocacy group to report your loved one’s situation. Be sure to have the facility’s name, physical address, phone number, and your loved one’s information handy when you do. These people can take steps to protect your loved one and other residents from nursing home neglect going forward.
We obviously want to help your loved one avoid any further injuries or problems down the road. But if we don’t have someone available nearby or who can assist you now, then notifying authorities is crucial.
Ready to see if you may qualify? Complete your free online nursing home neglect case evaluation now!
Lori Polemenakos is Director of Consumer Content and SEO strategist for LeadingResponse, a legal marketing company. An award-winning journalist, writer and editor based in Dallas, Texas, she's produced articles for major brands such as Match.com, Yahoo!, MSN, AOL, Xfinity, Mail.com, and edited several published books. Since 2016, she's published hundreds of articles about Social Security disability, workers' compensation, veterans' benefits, personal injury, mass tort, auto accident claims, bankruptcy, employment law and other related legal issues.