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Nursing Home Injuries

Legal Tips For Protecting Your Rights When You Are Injured In A Nursing Home

  1. Report the injury to the nursing home and note the name and position of the person notified.
  2. See a doctor if injured.
  3. Get the names and telephone numbers of all witnesses.
  4. If possible, take photographs of the scene of the injury and any visible injuries.
  5. Seriously consider talking to a lawyer before you speak with an insurance adjuster.

Do I Need an Attorney?

Not every nursing home injury requires the involvement of an attorney. However, please keep in mind that insurance companies make their money from the difference between premiums collected and claims paid. They have an incentive to pay out as little as possible on a claim.

An insurance adjuster for the nursing home has no obligation or duty to inform you of your rights. They have the benefit of consulting with retained attorneys for the insurance company.

Remember, once a claim is settled and a Release executed, you will generally be prevented from seeking any further compensation from the released party. Insurance industry studies show claimants who are represented by an attorney recover substantially more than those who are unrepresented.

Initial consultations with an attorney are usually free and do not commit you to hire an attorney.

Check out these helpful web sites:

Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Health Facility Complaints
Minnesota Board on Aging
State of Minnesota Long-Term Care Task Force

Call 1-866-MN-LAW-4-U or 1-866-665-2948 to Speak to a Personal Injury Lawyer

If you have been injured in Minnesota, you have options. Contact an attorney at Sawicki & Phelps, P.A. in Inver Grove Heights for experienced Twin Cities personal injury representation.

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