What would a settlement from a nursing home lawsuit mean to you? For some families, their principal motivation is to pursue justice for their loved ones. Others need financial compensation to lift the economic toll of medical bills or death expenses. Still others want to send a clear message to negligent nursing home facilities that abuse will not be tolerated.
No matter your main goal, you likely want to come through the process with both speed and success. This is understandable. So let us explain how long it may take to settle your case.
Defining Legal Terms To Understand Your Lawsuit
Before discussing the factors that might influence the length of your nursing home lawsuit, here are some definitions that might help you:
- State courts: New York, like every state in the nation, has a court system that decides criminal and civil cases
- Federal courts: Rarely, certain cases are referred to the US Supreme Court, which is a part of the federal court system
- Attorney (lawyer): Attorneys give legal advice and represent people in court
- Lawsuit: A lawsuit is a case brought before a court of law when one party has a complaint against another party
- Damages: In personal injury law, damages are harm or injury that affects a person (or organization) or property
- Compensation: Compensation is a financial award given to cover damages or as a punishment for wrongdoing
- Appeal: Parties have a limited amount of time to contest the ruling in a higher court if they meet specific requirements
- Settlement: A settlement is when the parties being brought before a court of law agree to compensation and other terms in exchange for the complaining party to drop the case
The legal system is complex, so many people turn to personal injury lawyers for help in understanding and protecting their rights. At Hill & Moin, we have over 40 years of experience representing New Yorkers with extraordinary success. Since we care about our clients, hiring us is like having an attorney in the family.
Factors That Determine the Length of a Lawsuit
Besides pain and suffering, nursing home abuse and neglect cases often cause a financial strain for victims and their families. Are you struggling under the burden of medical bills or the cost of moving your relative to a new residential care facility? Or has the worst happened and you now need the means to provide a dignified funeral and burial service for your loved one?
When you consult with Hill & Moin, you can be confident that our New York nursing home neglect and abuse lawyers understand the urgency of your situation. We will have the common goal of pursuing compensation while avoiding unnecessary delays.
How long it takes to settle a nursing home lawsuit depends on various factors:
- How soon you contact us: At the New York law firm of Hill & Moin LLP, our network of attorneys do all they can to review cases and advise our clients of their legal options promptly. Yet, you need to get in touch with us so we can help you. Our telephone lines are open 24/7 at (212) 668-6000, or you can fill out the case evaluation form to schedule your free initial consultation.
- How complex your lawsuit is: In some cases, evidence is clear, and liable parties are willing to settle quickly. In others, extensive investigation is necessary to build a strong case, or responsible parties are uncooperative. In these circumstances, court action might be required to seek compensatory damages for your losses. Cases heard in federal court could last longer than lawsuits tried at state level.
- Whether or not there is an appeal: If either you or the other party contests a court decision, an appeal might have to take place before the lawsuit reaches a settlement.
- How deadlines affect your case: The State of New York sets a statute of limitations (a deadline) on how long you have after a personal injury occurs to take legal action. Insurance companies also require claimants to file paperwork within a certain timeframe. At our law firm and throughout our trusted statewide network, experienced lawyers can provide valuable assistance and resources to support clients in meeting essential deadlines.
Why You Need to Consult an Attorney to Find Out
Every case is different, so it is impossible to determine how long a specific personal injury action may take without examining your specific case personally. We would love to hear from you.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a nursing home, you could qualify to receive Hill & Moin’s Personal Injury Recovery SolutionsⓇ. With our attorneys looking out for your interests, you can rest assured that you are doing what you can to settle your case as soon as possible.
At Hill & Moin, we have won life-changing settlements for New York residents over the past 40 years. We understand the value of getting justice, enacting change, and freeing victims from the crushing weight of medical debt. Our clients are like part of our family.
If we or one of the law firms in our trusted network take your case, you can be sure that you will be working with a law firm that cares about you. So don’t wonder about your rights! Call us today.