Charleston Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer

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Helping Charleston Nursing Home Abuse Victims

It’s estimated that over 5 million elderly people are abused every year in the United States, but only 1 in 4 will report the abuse. The goal of the attorneys at the Charleston, South Carolina law firm of Hopkins Law Firm is to not only help you and your loved one receive all the compensation your loved one deserves if they’ve suffered from nursing home abuse.

Charleston, South Carolina Elder Abuse and Neglect

Nursing homes in South Carolina can be found liable for damages for any of the following:

Negligent Hiring: South Carolina nursing homes have a duty to hire people who are qualified with the proper education and those who haven’t got a record of violence or abuse.

Understaffed: The Center for Disease Control has shown that the average staff to resident ratio is 1 staff member for every 1.64 residents. If a South Carolina nursing home has failed to hire the proper amount of people to take care of their residents, your loved one may be neglected because there’s no one to take care of them. In addition, the nursing home staff may not being paid properly for the amount of work they must do. As a result, this can cause stress among the staff members which can lead to a loss of morale and compassion for your loved one.

Insufficient Training: In many cases, South Carolina nursing home staff members are not provided with enough of the proper training to handle the disabled or disobedient residents.

Third-Party Claim: South Carolina nursing homes can be found liable if your loved one was abused by a third party within the nursing home. The nursing home has a duty to your loved one to provide them with a safe environment. If your loved one was injured by another resident, or the guest of another resident, the South Carolina nursing home can be found to be responsible.

Breach of Regulatory or Statutory Rights: All South Carolina nursing home residents are entitled to dignity, privacy, and autonomy. When a South Carolina nursing home employee violates any of these rights, the nursing home can be found liable.

Medication Mistakes: If your loved one isn’t given the proper dose of their medications at the right times they are supposed to receive their appropriate dosage, they may suffer injury.

Physical Abuse: In South Carolina, physical abuse is not just limited to battery or other physical contact. Your loved one may be physically abused by a nursing home if they’ve been force-fed, overmedicated, or been the victim of excessive use of chemical or physical restraints.

Emotional Abuse: In a South Carolina nursing home, emotional abuse can be verbal threats, isolation, sarcastic remarks, degradation, or insults. Also, mental abuse can also be emotional manipulation that happens when a nursing home staff member deceitfully influences your loved one to their own advantage.

Sexual Abuse: Sexual abuse in a South Carolina nursing home is when your loved one is the victim of unwanted sexual contact, or if they are too weak or sick to give their consent or fight back. Your loved one can also be sexually abused by another resident, visitor, staff member, or family member.

Financial Abuse: Financial abuse in a South Carolina nursing home can take many forms. The person responsible for monitoring your loved one’s spending may use funds for their own benefit, cash checks without consent, force your loved one to sign a will or other legal document, or take advantage of a power of attorney.

Neglect: In South Carolina, nursing home neglect refers to the failure or your loved one’s caretaker to perform their duties properly. South Carolina nursing home neglect can include, failure to provide food, failure to assist with bathing, failure to provide clothing or shelter, failure to provide necessary medical treatment, failure to take care of health and safety hazards, and failure to handle unsanitary conditions that may harm your loved one.

Charleston, South Carolina Nursing Home Abuse Warning Signs

It’s important that you learn to recognize the signs of nursing home abuse, and not dismiss indicators as being old age or dementia. The most common signs your loved one is being abused in a Charleston, South Carolina nursing home include, but aren’t limited to:

Emotional abuse: Symptoms may include withdrawal, mood swings, low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, involuntary seclusion, sucking, rocking, or biting.

Bleeding or bruises

Bedsores

Dehydration or malnutrition

Quiet around nursing home staff

Bruises around your loved one’s genitals

Diseases or infections that are unexplainable

Physical discomfort

Sudden financial problems

Unpaid bills

Changes in your loved one’s will

Changes in your loved one’s power of attorney

It’s important to remember that if your loved one resides in a South Carolina nursing home they may be too ashamed, disgusted, or embarrassed to tell you about the abuse they are suffering. Because of this, it’s important that you keep a close eye on your loved one, ask them questions, and seek the advice of a qualified Charleston, South Carolina nursing home abuse attorney.

Damages Available in Charleston, South Carolina Nursing Home Abuse Cases

The damages available in a Charleston, South Carolina nursing home abuse case may include medical bills, pain and suffering, disfigurement and disability.

How a South Carolina Nursing Home Attorney Can Assist Your Loved One

At the Hopkins Law Firm in Charleston, South Carolina we are not only here to help, we will report your loved one’s nursing home abuse to the proper authorities and take the steps necessary to ensure your rights are protected in the event the report of abuse is lost or altered.

It’s extremely important to document any and all information having to do with your loved one’s South Carolina nursing home abuse case with detailed accounts, and pictures if the abuse is obvious.

In cases of Charleston, South Carolina nursing home abuse, the Hopkins Law Firm will notify the nursing home of the allegations and give them a chance to respond. In many cases, the nursing home will try to settle your case by scheduling a meeting to discuss the matter. By settling, your loved one can recover compensation for their loss, and the nursing home saves time and resources.

The Hopkins Law Firm has access to and will hire expert medical witnesses who can testify in court as to how your loved one’s injuries are linked to the nursing home’s abuse or negligent behavior.

Keep in mind, in South Carolina, you only have three (3) years from the date your loved one suffered abuse and/or neglect in a Charleston, South Carolina nursing home to file a claim for damages.

If your loved one is suffering from abuse or neglect in a Charleston, South Carolina nursing home, contact the Hopkins Law Firm today for a free consultation.

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Contact Hopkins Law Firm, LLC, at 843-894-2377. If you would like more information about your specific case, you can meet with an attorney from our Charleston team. We will listen to your story, let you know what we can do, and how we can help. You may also email us with a detailed description of your case and we will reach back out to you. We are your local attorneys and we are here to help.

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