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I am sorry to hear that you are having difficulties. Legal aid generally doesn't handle claims like this, you will want to do a search for "Plaintiff's Attorneys" "Medical Malpractice Attorneys" or "Trial Attorneys" (you can also look for "elder abuse attorneys" or "nursing home abuse" but this is more of a sub specialty and with a bar as small as Alaska's it probably isn't going to be necessary to tailor your search so narrowly.
You can find local attorneys using the State and local Bar Association directories, or private directories such as www.AVVO.com; www.FindLaw.com; or www.Martindale.com (I personally find www.AVVO.com to be the most user friendly).
Many of these attorneys will employ a type of fee agreement known as the "contingency fee agreement" where the law firm will advance its services and the costs of litigation, in exchange for a portion of the client's recovery. So the client will get representation without having to pay anything up front, but will have to reimburse the law firm for its expenses, then pay the law firm a portion of their recovery to compensate them for their time and efforts. (These fee agreements can be changed between the parties, and some lawyers will have the client pay for the litigation costs as the matter is being litigated, and the client will only have to split part of their recovery to pay for the attorney's time when they win).
It is important to discuss with your attorney the details of your compensation agreement at the time that you sign up for services (this contract is usually referred to as the "Legal Services Agreement"), and if you have any questions, the lawyer should be more than willing to explain and discuss them with you.