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Types of Nursing Home Abuse

Types of Nursing Home Abuse

South Carolina Attorneys for Victims of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

Strong advocates for the elderly and their families

Nursing homes and assisted living centers should be a place for seniors to enjoy the last years of their lives. They should be a comfort to children and family who know their loved ones are getting good care and comfort. Sadly, many nursing facilities can also be a source of abuse and neglect. Poor staffing, understaffing, and other factors can lead to physical, financial, emotional, and even sexual abuses. Our firm makes sure the safety and security of seniors is a nursing home’s top priority.

The South Carolina nursing home abuse lawyers at McGowan, Hood, Felder & Phillips, LLC, know how to protect the rights of senior citizens. It is important to hold nursing homes accountable for their abuse. Our lawyers work hard to make sure victims are compensated and that the abuse and neglect stop.

Types of nursing home abuse and neglect

Our South Carolina nursing home abuse lawyers help seniors and family members understand the various types of nursing home abuses and make sure everyone understands the signs of abuse and neglect. We have tried cases of abuse and neglect including, but not limited to:

  • Physical abuse and neglect. Physical abuse is physical harm to a patient that is caused by an intentional act. Neglect is conduct that is unreasonable. Some of the signs of nursing home abuse and neglect are bruises, bedsores, malnutrition and dehydration, and unexpected deaths. Slip and falls can also result from neglect because nursing homes are required to safety-proof their buildings and make sure their staff does everything possible to prevent falls. Physical harm can be active, such as moving a patient the wrong way, or inactive, such as failing to feed the elder resident or not giving the patient the proper medications.
  • Emotional abuse. Emotional abuse is not as obvious as physical abuse. Some of the signs of emotional abuse a South Carolina nursing home abuse lawyer reviews are a senior’s lack of communication, being withdrawn, or being depressed or anxious. Emotional abuse can arise because the staff ridicules the senior, isolates the older resident, places blame on the elderly resident falsely, uses threatening language, or for many other reasons.
  • Sexual abuse. Sadly, sexual abuse happens more than one might think. Nursing home staff supervise residents when no one else is around, including sensitive situations such as bathroom assistance. This sensitive scenario can lead to sexual abuse. Strangers and relatives of other residents can also commit sexual abuse.
  • Financial abuse. Elderly residents can be targets of financial abuse because they often rely on others to do simple tasks like banking and using credit cards. Dishonest staff members may steal the older resident’s personal financial information while doing these tasks for him or her. Nursing homes and medical providers may charge for unnecessary expenses or may have unreasonably high charges. Older residents can also be the target of scams which promise wealth but have no real validity.

Some other types of abuse and neglect include altercations with other patients, poor hygiene, and harm when residents wander off the premises. The worst type of abuse our South Carolina nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers handle is the wrongful death of a resident. Wrongful death can occur because many of the known types of abuses are not addressed, causing a senior to die.

McGowan, Hood, Felder & Phillips, LLC, handles nursing home abuse and neglect cases

If a loved one or the nursing home resident believes there has been abuse or neglect, our South Carolina nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers know how to help. We handle each client on an individual basis to achieve a just result. As part of our investigation, one of our lawyers will:

  • Submit a Freedom of Information request to the nursing home facility to see if the home has been the subject of other lawsuits, investigations, or complaints.
  • Consult with experts who know nursing home procedure.
  • Speak to all relevant witnesses. This includes current nursing home staff and staff who have since left, as well as other residents.
  • Review all appropriate records, including timecards and video footage, to determine what really happened.

A McGowan, Hood, Felder & Phillips, LLC, a South Carolina nursing home abuse lawyer determines whether any state or federal regulations were violated. Because nursing homes need to be licensed, we review all inspection and licensing records for noncompliance. If we suspect there has been abuse or neglect, one of our South Carolina nursing home abuse attorneys contacts the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control to initiate an investigation.

An experienced South Carolina lawyer protects the rights of nursing home residents

South Carolina residents need to make sure they continually check on their loved ones who are in nursing homes for signs of abuse or neglect. If you suspect a senior is not being treated properly, contact a law firm with the experience and skill to protect the nursing home resident. At McGowan, Hood, Felder & Phillips, LLC, the safety of nursing home residents is our mission.

Please contact a South Carolina nursing home abuse and neglect attorney at 803-327-7800 for a free consultation with one of our attorneys. You can also complete our contact form. We have offices in Anderson, Columbia, Georgetown, Rock Hill, and Sumter. We see the elder resident at the nursing home when needed.