Nursing Home Abuse
Grimes Teich Anderson is a reputable personal injury law firm in South Carolina. We have been practicing personal injury law for over 40 years. We are dedicated to fighting nursing home abuse and neglect. Our firm fights for the legal rights of victims injured by nursing home abuse and neglect. We provide caring and compassionate representation to clients in Greenville, Spartanburg, Anderson, Gaffney and across South Carolina. We offer state wide service for nursing home neglect and abuse cases in South Carolina.Nursing Homes Should Provide Quality Care
Families depend upon nursing homes to provide their loved ones with full-time care. Sadly, many facilities betray that trust by abusing or neglecting their patients. The elderly are especially vulnerable to abuse because they may already suffer from medical conditions that place them at the mercy of their caretakers. Separated from family and friends, these patients are sometimes hesitant to report the abuse, or they find that their complaints fall on deaf ears. It is easy for negligent parties to deny fault and blame the patient’s reaction on dementia or medication. But abuse in nursing homes and assisted living facilities will never improve unless we speak up for victims and report the misconduct. The first step is learning to recognize the signs of abuse.
Physical signs of nursing home abuse and neglect include:
- Fractures, broken bones from drops and falls
- Malnutrition, dehydration
- Sudden weight loss or gain
- Unexplained cuts or lesions
- Bedsores, chronic infections
- Welts, bruises, open wounds
- Pale skin, abdominal swelling
- Constipation, chronic urinary tract infections
The prosecution of elder abuse in South Carolina is governed by South Carolina state law and federal law. Nursing home misconduct is sometimes accompanied by insurance fraud and financial elder abuse. In addition to physical signs, symptoms of emotional abuse include isolation, fear of sudden movements, anxiety, and depression. Patients may also be susceptible to economic loss through stealing, telemarketing, real estate fraud, and schemes involving wills and trusts. Nursing home staff members have a duty to protect their wards from unreasonable harm. This requires meeting the patient’s basic needs by making food and water readily available, administering the proper dose and medication, and attending to the patient’s reasonable requests. If the staff’s intentional or negligent conduct results in the patient’s accidental injury or wrongful death, the nursing home may be liable for damages.Recovering Damages From Negligent Parties
Negligence in nursing homes often occurs when a rotating staff engages in “mass charting,” checking boxes for orders and services that were never performed. Mistakes in diagnosis, treatment, and surgery also expose medical providers to liability. Victims of nursing home abuse may bring several types of claims against negligent parties, including medical malpractice, nursing home abuse or neglect, and wrongful death . Health care providers are held to a high standard of care with regard to patients. If they breach that legal duty and their negligence injures the patient, they may be liable for malpractice. The same standard applies to nurses, assistants, and caretakers who have a duty to provide around-the-clock care to the patient. They, too, are liable for careless mistakes that result in injury. Because the patient has little choice in the treating provider, victims may recover against the hospital and any negligent staff members, even if they are temporary workers employed under a third-party contract with the hospital.Getting Help for Family and Loved Ones
If you or someone you know is the victim of nursing home abuse, the caring personal injury lawyers at Grimes Teich Anderson can help. With over 40 years of experience litigating personal injury claims, we can help you recover the compensation you deserve. Our attorneys and professional staff gather detailed evidence of nursing home abuse and present the most persuasive case we can. We have successfully handled all types of cases involving nursing home negligence and medical malpractice, recovering fair compensation for victims and families throughout South Carolina. At Grimes Teich Anderson, we understand that your family is important to you. That is why we are devoted to protecting your rights and helping you find justice. Call 800.533.6845 for a free consultation, or contact us online.