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After a serious personal injury or wrongful death matter, it is important that you investigate and research to find a lawyer that will best represent your interests. Selecting a lawyer with experience in your legal matter will provide you with expert legal representation for your case and better chances for a positive outcome. Explore our tips for choosing the best lawyer for cases including nursing home abuse, sexual assault, medical malpractice, vehicle crashes, and other serious injuries caused by others’ wrongful and negligent acts.

Arrange an interviews with candidates. Schedule an initial consultation with each lawyer to ensure they are the right fit for your legal needs. Interview them on their experience in your type of legal matter, their track record of success, and if he or she has any special skills or certifications. The lawyer you select should have a background and experience that is compatible with your case, and you should feel confident that they have the necessary skills to represent you.

Ask family, friends, and other attorneys. A recommendation is a great way to find the right attorney for your case. Ask your friends, family, and colleagues if they have worked with a lawyer that specializes in your area of legal needs. Lawyers often know the reputations of fellow lawyers, so talk to other lawyers because they can offer information about their practice habits, demeanor, and other tips that may not be available online. You can also check a lawyer’s peer review ratings online at These reviews are generated from evaluations of lawyers by other members of the bar and can provide valuable insight to a lawyer’s ethics and professional ability.

Research their background. It is crucial that you examine online reviews from past clients and contact the lawyer disciplinary agency to assure the lawyer is in good standing with your state bar. You should also check to see if they have had misconduct complaints against them. Investigate their education, work experience, and how they manage their practice. Their communication and management of their practice can be good indicators on how they will handle your case.

Make sure their fee structure is clear. The lawyer should have their fees in writing with detailed billing information so you can easily figure out if you can afford the their services. Research to find the average hourly rate of attorneys in your area. Compare their skills, flexibility, and compatibility to determine if their rate is fair and if their services are worth what you’ll be getting for your money.

The Kodieradzki • Smith Law Firm is recognized as a premier law firm in the field of serious personal injury and wrongful death matters. We represent clients in Minnesota and nationally in cases involving nursing home abuse, trucking accidents, secual abuse and we are national leaders in 30B6 depositions. Our goal is to provide each client with the best representation possible. We make our clients our priority and ensure that every client receives the personal attention they deserve.

About Abuse & Neglect


National Citizens Coalition for Nursing Home Reform (NCCNHR) reports that “Neglect is the failure to care for a person in a manner, which would avoid harm and pain, or the failure to react to a situation which may be harmful. Neglect may or may not be intentional.” NCCNHR points out that an example of neglect includes care givers, who may actually mean well, but are poorly trained and do not know how to provide proper care. NCCNHR provides examples of neglect:

  • Incorrect body positioning – which leads to limb contractures and skin breakdown.
  • Lack of toileting or changing of disposable briefs – which causes incontinence and results in residents sitting in urine and feces, increased falls and agitation, indignity and skin breakdown.
  • Lack of assistance eating and drinking – which leads to malnutrition and dehydration.
  • Lack of assistance with walking – which leads to lack of mobility.
  • Lack of bathing – which leads to indignity and poor hygiene.
  • Poor handwashing techniques – which leads to infection.
  • Lack of assistance with participating in activities of interest – which leads to withdrawal and isolation.
  • Ignoring call bells, call lights, or cries for help.

About Abuse & Neglect


Medicare has a Nursing Home Comparison Five-Star Quality Rating website, which allows you to search nursing homes by a number of geographical limits for ratings based on Health Inspections, Staffing, and Quality Measures. Because this service is nationwide, this service is also useful if you are comparing facilities in several states or if you are trying to decide where you and your loved one want to live. You should visit each facility that you are considering. Medicare also has a Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home (which provides information to help individuals, family members, caregivers, and those who assist them find and compare nursing homes, and make informed decisions about nursing home care), a Nursing Home Checklist, and information about Nursing Home Resident Rights.