There are a high percentage of nursing home abuse cases that settle out of court. This is because most nursing homes do not want to go through a very public trial process. An attorney that has experience in mediation and negotiation with regards to nursing home cases is one of the key predictors of settlement.
In most cases there is a statute of limitation on how long the patient or the patient's legal representative can file a case of nursing home abuse. Moving the patient may be one of the first priorities, and an attorney can often assist in relocating the client.