Lawyer Resources for South Carolina

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One of the main focuses of the Nursing Home Law Center is the protection of nursing home residents and getting them the highest nursing home verdict that we can. We exert considerable time and energy on this field of law because we see the need: nursing homes are booming and this often leads to neglect, abuse, and negligence. Therefore, residents lose out in the process and suffer various kinds of harms including bodily injuries, financial expenses, mental suffering, and other tangible and intangible losses. Generally, this comes about through different kinds of accidents but primarily from falls, sores, neglect, and abuse. When this happens, we stand up for the rights of residents in South Carolina courts.

Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers is dedicated to fighting for the rights and recovery of nursing home residents. They are vulnerable and deserve respect and care! Due to this commitment, we don’t work for nursing homes, doctors, or similar parties. We think it would detract from all the hard work we do for residents and don’t want anything to subtract from that effort.

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Facility Blamed for Patient MurderSlowly, we are beginning to learn more information regarding the suspicious death of a 82-year-old woman at an Assisted Living Facility in South Carolina.  Initially the woman’s death was believed to be related to an accidental fall in the shower at the institution.   A closer review of the circumstances has now resulted in murder charges filed against a recently terminated employee of the facility– Oak Bridge Terrace Assisted Living Community in Rock Hill, SC.

The suspect identified at 30-year-old Braquette Walton was fired by the Assisted Living Community after it was suspected that she was connected to the theft of checks belonging to a patient at the center.  Presently, it is unknown how Ms. Walton accessed the the facility on the date of the resident’s murder.

Negligent Security?

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Picture-216One of the more sobering parts of my job is when I tell someone about a nursing home negligence case that I’m working on–  only to get a response of ‘so what’ or the ever compassionate ‘that guy was going to die anyway’.  Of course, death is an inevitable part of life, but older people have just as much right to live as younger people.

For too long our culture has accepted poor nursing home care as an inevitable part of the the aging process.  Regardless of a person’s age or physical condition, they deserve the best feasible care. Cutting a person’s life short due to neglect or abuse can not be tolerated in our society.

With these quality of life thoughts in mind, I was pleased to see an article in the detailing South Carolina‘s new State Law Enforcement Divisions Vulnerable Adults Investigative Unit (SLED) to ‘investigate abuse, neglect, exploitation and deaths in government nursing homes.’

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A report from the non-profit group, Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities, paints an ugly picture of the living conditions found in South Carolina assisted living facilities.  The report entitled “No Place To Call Home” was completed after a 14 month investigation into assisted-living and analysis of state documents and resident complaints.

After reading the report, most assisted living facilities bear no resemblance to any home-like environment.  The report completed by volunteers details the following findings:

  • Residents abused by facility staff, a two-by-four was used to physically abuse a resident.
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The C.M. Tucker, Jr. Nursing Care Center has agreed to settle allegations of poor care levied on it by the Justice Department following an eight month investigation into the state-run facility.  The South Carolina facility houses 360 resident including 70 veterans and residents with long-term psychiatric illnesses.

The Justice Department conducted the report conducted the unannounced investigation under the powers granted it under the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act.  In May, the investigative report was released to the public.  Among the conditions cited to in the 36- page report include:

  • Claims Of Injury, Illness & DeathStaff failing to identify residents with swallowing problems

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