South Carolina Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Attorneys
Helping elderly victims and their families throughout the state
For many of us, there will come a time when we or our loved ones may need long-term residential care. When that day comes, we need to be able to trust that the doctors and staff will treat us or our family member with respect, dignity and care. At McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC, our nursing home neglect attorneys in South Carolina have dedicated their careers to protecting the rights of those whose healthcare providers failed to provide the accepted standard of care. We feel strongly about fighting for the rights of innocent people harmed while being cared for in a nursing home. These are some of the most vulnerable members of society, and they deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.
Understanding the warning sign of neglect
If your loved one is being abused or neglected, he or she may feel too ashamed or frightened to tell you. Lots of times, the victim has been threatened with some kind of punishment, such as the threat or physical violence or with constant bullying behavior, and it may convince the victim to stay quiet. It is up to you, your family and anyone you trust to be on the lookout for the tell-tale warning signs of nursing home neglect, such as:
- Bed sores
- Malnutrition and dehydration
- Slips and falls
- Unexpected death
- Wandering from the facility
- Physical scars, bruises or lacerations caused by another patient
- Poor hygiene
- Fecal impaction
- Resident on Resident abuse
Handling complex nursing home abuse cases in South Carolina
If you or your family member has been abused in a nursing home and you wish to pursue a lawsuit, there are certain steps we must take to help you get the compensation you need to recover. After clients contact our nursing home attorneys, we initiate the following process in collecting evidence and preparing your case:
- We submit Freedom of Information requests on the nursing home to determine if it was involved in any other cases involving neglect or abuse.
- We consult experts to evaluate nursing home records to determine if nursing home staff altered or falsified information.
- We track down witnesses, including current and former staff.
- We evaluate time cards and crosscheck them against when injuries or incidents of abuse likely happened.
Nursing homes are licensed by the state and must adhere to state and federal regulations in offering care for their patients. Additionally, routine inspections and record keeping are required in order to ensure they maintain an appropriate and adequate level of care. The South Carolina nursing home abuse attorneys at McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC, will contact the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control to initiate an investigation involving nursing home abuse and neglect. Our office requisitions records, staffing information, available video footage and documentation regarding the care and health of a neglected or abused patient. We expose abuse, identify neglect and demand compensation for our clients.
The South Carolina law firm you can trust to protect your elderly loved ones’ rights
With aging parents and loved ones of our own, we are dedicated to exposing nursing home abuse and elderly neglect. We diligently and relentlessly pursue those who violate nursing home regulations and those who abuse the elderly. Your life is our mission.
To discuss how we can help you, contact the South Carolina personal injury lawyers at McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC, today. You can also call 803-327-7800 to see up a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our team members.