Pitfalls of Confidentiality Agreements after Nursing Home Abuse in West Virginia
Miley Legal Group
When your loved one has suffered at the hands of nursing home staff members, you may wish to pursue a claim for medical malpractice in West Virginia. Since this type of claim can be very complicated and requires extensive evidence, having the help of a Clarksburg medical malpractice attorney can provide you a better chance at a favorable outcome.
One of the factors to consider when pursuing a claim involving nursing home abuse is whether to sign a confidentiality agreement. This can affect the outcome of your situation. Basically, a confidentiality agreement is something a nursing home may offer in exchange for a higher settlement amount.
It can be an emotional experience when attempting to gather evidence to prove your claims of nursing home abuse, along with the knowledge of what your loved one has gone through.
Receiving monetary compensation for your loved one’s injuries or death may help account for their needed medical treatment and diminished quality of life. But when you’ve been offered a high settlement in exchange for a confidentiality agreement, you have to consider whether you feel that can make up for what has happened.
In some cases, family members may only gain a sense of justice when the public is made aware of the nursing home abuse, which means they would forgo a confidentiality agreement and the settlement it comes with.
If you sign a confidentiality agreement, then the nursing home facility is protected from exposure. Sometimes nursing homes will attempt to drag the process out so as to wear you down and get you to not only settle but to sign a confidentiality agreement so the public will not be made aware of the abuse, the lawsuit, or your settlement.
You and your Clarksburg medical malpractice attorney can discuss any settlement offers you receive, including your legal options if the settlement includes the stipulation of a confidentiality agreement.
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