Nursing homes can provide our elderly loved ones with the extra help and care they may need day-to-day. Tragically, however, they can also be places where the elderly are neglected or abused.
In fact, data indicates that about 10 percent of all nursing home residents will be the victims of neglect or abuse while living in these facilities.1
What may be more tragic than that is the fact that many cases of nursing home neglect and abuse never get reported to authorities because the victims are afraid to speak up or they may suffer from conditions – like Alzheimer’s disease or dementia – that prevent them from doing so. This can mean that abusers go undetected and that they may remain in positions where they can continue to victimize the elderly.
At Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A., our attorneys understand how devastating nursing home neglect and abuse can be. That is why they are dedicated to fighting for these victims’ rights to justice and compensation. Skilled at successfully resolving even the most complex nursing home abuse and neglect cases, our lawyers will work diligently to maximize victims’ financial recoveries so that they can reclaim their lives and focus on their future.
Common Forms of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
Although nursing home abuse and neglect can come in many forms, most commonly, it arises as:
- Failure to clean facilities and/or help residents with mobility issues bathe
- Failure to properly supervise residents
- Improperly restraining residents
- Physical assaults
- Sexual abuse
- Stealing from residents
- Verbal and/or emotional abuse
While nursing home staff are typically those to neglect residents, abuse can come at the hands of staff, other residents or even other family members of an elderly loved one.
Risk Factors for Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
Nursing home abuse and neglect can happen anywhere. However, it is more likely to occur in certain settings and under certain conditions, including (but not limited to) when:
- Nursing homes lack proper procedures for supervising and protecting residents.
- Nursing homes do not conduct background checks on staff members before hiring them.
- Nursing homes do not hire or retain enough staff members.
- Nursing homes do not properly train new staff.
Has Your Loved One Been the Victim of Nursing Homes Neglect or Abuse?
Understanding the signs of nursing home neglect and abuse can be essential to knowing when your elderly loved one may have been victimized. Some of the more common signs to be aware of include (but are not limited to):
- Bed sores
- Dramatic weight loss (that cannot be explained by a medical condition)
- Emotional withdrawal and/or depression
- New bruising, cuts or other injuries
Contact an Experienced South Carolina Nursing Home & Abuse Lawyer at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A.
If you or a loved one has been victimized by nursing home abuse or neglect, contact a Columbia personal injury lawyer at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. to find out more about your best options for financial recovery.
Call our firm at (803) 929-3600 or contact us online to set up a free, no obligations initial consult with one of our lawyers. During this meeting, you can learn more about your rights, as well as how we can help you.
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1: According to the National Center on Elder Abuse