Older adults are among the most vulnerable in our society. They often rely on others for their medical care, meals, daily care and financial decisions. Family members often put the care of their older loved ones in the hands of nursing homes, fully expecting these facilities and the people who work there to treat their parents or spouses with respect and dignity.
Yet, abuse and neglect in nursing homes is shockingly common. In a survey of 2,000 nursing home residents conducted by the National Center on Elder Abuse, 44 percent reported they had been abused and 95 percent reported they had been neglected or seen other residents be neglected.
Nursing home abuse may be physical, mental or sexual. Abuse may even come in the form of financial exploitation. Nursing home residents are protected under both federal and South Carolina law. The federal Nursing Home Reform Act guarantees nursing home residents several legal rights, including freedom from all forms of abuse and exploitation and the ability to voice complaints without fear of retribution.
Unfortunately, many nursing home residents find it hard to speak up about mistreatment – they may be too ill, are embarrassed or don’t want to get anyone in trouble.
That’s why it’s so important for family members and friends to take note of any signs of abuse or potential problems. They can advocate on behalf of their loved ones – reporting abuse to local and state authorities.
In cases of abuse and neglect, family members may want to seek out legal counsel to hold negligent nursing homes accountable for any damages they have caused.
Why hire a nursing home abuse attorney?
1. Nursing home abuse and neglect cases are especially complex as abuse and neglect tend to be difficult to pinpoint. As a result, it can be challenging to hold facilities liable. You’ll want an experienced legal team available to help you navigate the process.
2. You’ll want to ensure your loved one gets the outcome he or she deserves. In South Carolina, nursing home abuse victims are entitled to compensation that makes up for the full extent of their losses. You or your loved one may be entitled to financial compensation for costs to relocate; any medical costs related to the abuse; pain and suffering; mental anguish and emotional distress; and wrongful death.
3. You need to put your trust in an experienced nursing home attorney, so you can focus on caring for your loved one. Let the professionals gather all the needed evidence, consult with medical experts, issue subpoenas, and negotiate for a full and fair settlement.
If you suspect that your loved one is the victim of abuse or neglect at a South Carolina nursing home, turn to experienced attorneys like the team at Joye Law Firm. Since 1968, they have helped injured people recover not just the money they are entitled to, but also their lives. To learn how Joye Law can help you, visit JoyeLawFirm.com or call 843-507-4959.