South Carolina Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect Lawyers
It seems incomprehensible that a nursing home could ever engage in the abuse or neglect of a loved one. Society has always assumed that nursing home facilities provide the care that adult children are frequently unable to provide due to work or other reasons. Unfortunately, there is a serious underlying issue of abuse that has been impacting nursing home facilities for years.
According to statistics maintained by Medicare, there are currently 190 nursing homes rated in South Carolina with information based on surveys and investigations. The federal agency states that sixty-two (33%) of these South Carolina nursing facilities are deemed to provide “below average” care to their residents after investigators identified through serious violations and deficiencies. If your loved one was injured, mistreated, abused or died unexpectedly from neglect while residing in a South Carolina nursing facility, we encourage you to contact the South Carolina nursing home abuse attorneys at Nursing Home Law Center today to begin a claim for compensation during a free case review.
Just recently, elder care has become a topic of nationwide concern and has shed light on the abuse suffered by residents everywhere. The National Center on Elder Abuse reveals that over 85 percent of all cases of physical abuse go unreported every year. Even more shocking, over 99 percent of all cases of sexual abuse are also unreported every year.
This means that our nation’s seniors are being subjected to unlawful treatment on a regular basis, and no one seems to be doing anything about it. You must take action if you witness your loved one being abused or have suspicions of abuse in a South Carolina nursing home facility.
Call a South Carolina nursing home neglect attorney today to receive assistance in investigating your concerns of abuse or neglect today.Nursing Home Injury Laws in South Carolina
Ever since 1987, society has taken a strong stance against the abuse and neglect of residents under the law. However, nursing homes in South Carolina have not always acknowledged the binding power of the law. The Nursing Home Reform Act of 1987 maintains that nursing homes must accommodate the medical, physical, psychological and social needs of residents.
Nursing homes cannot neglect to provide counseling to residents when they may be in need of it. There may be certain forms of medical treatment that residents require in a nursing home. Nursing homes can stray from providing the care that residents need and require when they do not consistently administer medications, fail to provide emergency medical care when needed or do not involve residents in social activities that may improve their psychological well-being.
The main source of legal authority that governs nursing home abuse claims is the Adult Protection Act. The Adult Protection Act provides for the reporting and investigatory procedures for when a vulnerable adult is subjected to abuse and neglect. After receiving a report, the Department of Social Services will conduct an assessment of an elderly person’s situation. If the Department determines that one is at risk for abuse, neglect or exploitation, then it will go ahead and secure alternative services for the vulnerable adult. He or she may be placed in a different facility or may receive the medical supplies and attention that he or she needs.Understanding the Signs of Neglect and Abuse
It is important for family members to be able to recognize the signs of neglect and abuse of a loved one. Upon recognizing signs of abuse or neglect, family members can then file a report and get a person the medical attention and help that he or she needs. A report can be filed with the South Carolina Department of Social Services. Some of the following signs are red flags that a vulnerable adult has become the victim of abuse or neglect:
- Bruising and abrasions
- Open wounds
- Facial scratches
- Unexplained weight loss or weight gain
- Anxiety and depression
- Broken limbs from falls
- Sedate behavior
- Inability to speak around staff workers
- Feelings of isolation
If you notice that a loved one has any of these signs of abuse or neglect, then get in touch with a nursing home lawyer today. A nursing home lawyer can inform you about the process of filing a report as soon as possible. He or she can also help you to gather evidence to strengthen the claims of abuse or neglect that you have.Working with South Carolina Nursing Home Lawyers for Your Case
Stand up for the rights of your loved one with the help of nursing home lawyers. Nursing home lawyers are here to support you in your time of need. Our lawyers are ready to assist families throughout South Carolina in areas such as:
- Goose Creek
- Hilton Head Island
- Mount Pleasant
- North Charleston
- Rock Hill
A South Carolina nursing home neglect attorney will stand by you in every step of the process so that your loved one can receive the compensation that he or she deservesSouth Carolina Nursing Home Lawyers Serving Victims of Bed Sores, Pressure Sores & Decubitus Ulcers
If a mobility-challenged individual cannot readjust their body position at least one time every two hours, they can easily develop a pressure sore. In fact, pressure sores (bedsores; pressure ulcers; decubitus ulcers) are the result of prolonged body pressure against a mattress, pad or cushion that constricts blood flow to a specific body part. Areas on the body most susceptible to a bedsore include the shoulders, neck, back of the head, shoulder blades, sacrum, buttocks, hips, elbows, ankles, heels and toes.
The South Carolina bed sore attorneys at Nursing Home Law Center LLC are committed to holding negligent medical facilities accountable for inferior care. Our nursing home lawyers have experience with South Carolina bed sore lawsuits involving nursing homes and hospitals. Put our expertise to work for you. Contact our firm for a free review of your South Carolina bed sore case today.
A pressure sore in its early stage is often detected with blisters, reddening and red spots on the surface of the skin. When left untreated, a bedsore can become infected quickly, causing very serious and life-threatening consequences.
Nursing home patients are highly susceptible to developing bedsores when the medical staff does not provide adequate care including routine “turning” or “repositioning” of the patient’s body. When the pressure is not alleviated, the skin is deprived of oxygen causing significant damage to the area. Because of that, advanced stage pressure sores are usually the result of negligence by untrained or unskilled nurses and nurses’ aides.
Nursing homes have a responsibility to provide quality care to every patient in the facility. In addition, they are required to ensure that every resident is treated with respect and dignity, and to provide all care necessary for immobile patients who remain idle in the same position for a long time. Routinely repositioning the patient’s body every two hours or less alleviates pressure on the skin and reduces the potential of a developing pressure sore.
In addition, the nursing staff needs to ensure that the patient’s skin is evaluated when admitted to the facility. Assessing the patient’s skin condition provides the opportunity to detect any existing bedsore. If the patient has a pressure sore, the doctor and nursing staff must create an effective health plan to treat the sore to ensure it does not progress to an advanced stage. Any breach of their duty to provide quality care can be considered negligence of the staff and facility.
Proper treatment and care is necessary. When a pressure sore develops into a serious decubitus ulcer, the wound forms a deep crater and exposes the bone and muscle underneath. Often times, the patient succumbs to a serious blood infection (sepsis) or bone infection (osteomyelitis).
In many incidents, family members have no other choice than to place a grandparent, parent or disabled sibling in a nursing home. It is their belief that the nursing facility will provide quality care as a way to maintain or improve their love one’s health. The administrators and admission staff often assure the family that the caregivers at the facility will provide their loved one every necessity.
Families are often horrified when notified that their loved one has developed the sore while at the facility. This is because nearly every type of bedsore is preventable and often a sign of neglect or mistreatment. In many cases, the neglect is not intentional, but the result of unskilled labor or minimal staff that does not have the ability to monitor the patient’s skin continuously to alleviate pressure every two hours or less.Hiring a Lawyer to Fight a South Carolina Pressure Sore Case
If a loved one at a nursing facility develops a pressure sore, hiring a lawyer is usually the only effective solution to stop the negligence. A reputable law firm can file a lawsuit on behalf of the family to seek financial recompense. Aggressive legal action typically provides more than enough compensation to hire a skilled team of medical professionals who specialize in treating life-threatening sores.
If you are looking for an attorney to assist with the investigation or prosecution of a nursing home abuse case involving bed sores or other injury visit the pages below:
- Columbia Nursing Home Abuse & Bed Sore Lawyers
- Charleston Nursing Home Neglect & Pressure Ulcer Attorneys
- North Charleston Pressure Sore & Nursing Home Attorneys
- Mount Pleasant Nursing Home & Pressure Sore Lawyers
- Rock Hill Bed Sore & Nursing Home Neglect Attorneys
Fill out the form here to contact an aggressive South Carolina bed sore to serve as your loved one’s advocate. The attorneys listed below accept cases on contingency and can help your family obtain the financial compensation your loved one deserves.
STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS
- 3 years with Discovery Rule. (S.C. Code Ann. §15-3-530)
- Medical malpractice – 3 years with Discovery Rule, but no more than 6 years from date of occurrence. Foreign object cases are 2 years from discovery. The SOL for minors is tolled 7 years or 1 year after reaching majority, whichever is shorter. (S.C. Code Ann. §15-3-545)
- Noneconomic damages for medical malpractice claims are limited to $350,000 for each claimant. No limit for economic or punitive damages. (S.C. Code Ann. §15-32-220)
STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS
- 3 years with Discovery Rule. (S.C. Code Ann. §15-3-530)
- Medical malpractice resulting in death: 3 years. (S.C. Code Ann. §15-3-545)
- South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
- Adult Protective Services
- Department of Health and Environmental Control
- Adult Protection (S.C. Code of Laws Title 43, Chapter 35)
Our attorneys have compiled data from settlements and jury verdicts across South Carolina to give you an idea as to how cases are valued. Learn more about these cases here.
South Carolina Nursing Home Fall Settlements and Verdicts
South Carolina Nursing Home Bed Sore Settlements and Verdicts
South Carolina Nursing Home Inadequate Care Settlements and Verdicts
South Carolina Nursing Home Abuse Settlements and Verdicts
South Carolina Nursing Home Medical Error Settlements and Verdicts