Nursing Home Abuse FAQ
Placing a loved one in an assisted living facility can be a difficult decision to make for most families, which is why abuse and neglect suffered at the hands of a trusted caretaker can be an even more terrifying and confusing experience. Both the elderly persons and their family suffer, but many times the physical trauma and emotional distress the nursing home resident faces can have dire consequences for their health and wellbeing.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published data from the 2014 National Study of Long-Term Care Providers and found that there were 15,600 nursing homes nationally with a total of 1.7 million beds with an average capacity of 106 certified beds. Additionally, an independent research study found that only 1 every 14 incidences of elder abuse was reported to authorities, which underscores the need for prompt response if you believe your loved one is suffering neglect or abuse in a nursing home.
At Harbin & Burnett, our South Carolina nursing home abuse lawyers believe that the rights of your elderly loved ones should be protected in a court of law. We will always seek the MAXIMUM amount of compensation due to our clients, and our goal is to serve the victims of elder abuse by bringing the negligent parties to justice.
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Nursing Home Abuse Questions and Answers
When you believe your elderly relative is experiencing neglect or abuse, there are so many questions, it may seem overwhelming and that there is nowhere to turn for answers. The following compilation of information represents some of the most frequently asked questions in regard to nursing home abuse in South Carolina:
Where can elder abuse happen?
The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) reports that senior neglect is most often seen in institutions, private facilities, and community living situations or other types of long-term care living facilities, but it can occur anywhere and in a number of situations.
What are the signs of abuse or neglect?
Friends and family members should keep watch for the following warning signs, which could indicate abuse is occurring:
- Bed sores
- Caretaker neglect such as failure to provide food, goods, or services
- Financial exploitation or fraud
- Physical abuse
- Physical injuries or pain caused from broken bones
- Psychological or emotional anguish, intimidation or threats
- Sexual abuse, which is non-consensual sexual contact of any kind
- Skin ulcers, bruises, welts, lacerations
- Wrongful death caused by mistreatment
What types of nursing home abuse exist?
- Breach of the victim's statutory rights
- Inadequate training of caregivers
- Negligent hiring of caregivers
- Third-party claims
- Understaffing caregiving team
The National Center on Elder Abuse notes that elders who experience physical or mental nursing home abuse have a 300% higher mortality rate than their peers who have not been abused. Levels of psychological distress and feelings of worthlessness are coupled with a lack of motivation to live in the most extreme cases.
Who regulates South Carolina nursing homes?
State government regulates inspections and licenses for nursing homes, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) oversee Medicare and Medicaid programs on the federal level.
What rights do nursing home patients have?
The rights of nursing home patients are protected by federal law, which covers the following:
- Manage personal finances
- Speak freely about poor care
- Privacy of medical records
- Freedom from physical restraints
- The right to know the charges and services of the facility
- in addition to others.
If I'm contacted by a risk manager to discuss my loved ones injury, should I speak with him or her?
Never disclose information to a risk manager, as the entire function of a risk manager for a nursing home is to resolve issues and get them out of trouble. It is more prudent to decline to speak with him or her and contact an attorney with experience in nursing home abuse litigation, who will stand up for your rights.
Our South Carolina Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys Can Help You
At Harbin & Burnett, we know a good attorney can help relieve the stress of your nursing home abuse case, and we are committed to helping you get every dollar you deserve in the minimum time possible while preserving the rights of your neglected loved one.
We are an experienced personal injury law firm whose goal is to stand by you in your time of need by and provide comprehensive legal counsel on your situation. Our office is located in Anderson, South Carolina, and we are pleased to serve the surrounding areas, including:
- Travelers Rest
To learn more about your legal rights with a no-cost, no-obligation initial case consultation, contact us at 1(888)821-0247. One of our intake staff members will connect you with one of our lawyers best suited in handling your claim after a few preliminary questions.
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