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Millions Are Affected by Nursing Home Abuse Each Year. Contact Our Firm to Obtain Compensation & Help Stop This Trend.

Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer in Greenville

Christian & Christian Defends the Elderly from Nursing Home Negligence

As our older relatives age, they often develop conditions that we are not equipped or qualified to care for, such as Alzheimer’s disease or other illnesses that require the care of a trained professional. To provide the assistance and help they need, many of us entrust nursing homes and assisted living facilities with the well-being of our elderly family members. Unfortunately, nursing home abuse and neglect is an epidemic in this country and our seniors and loved ones are at risk for mistreatment every day.

At Christian & Christian, our Greenville attorneys help victims of nursing home abuse and neglect pursue compensation after they have been wronged or injured. Our legal team is dedicated to making nursing homes a safer place for our vulnerable loved ones.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 500,000 elderly adults over 60 are abused or neglected every year. Learn more about patient abandonment by visiting our blog, "What is Patient Abandonment, and What is it Not?"

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Nursing homes serve as trusted care facilities for your loved ones when they need around-the-clock medical attention or specialized assistance. These medical centers are meant to provide peace of mind for you and your family. However, sometimes profits or negligence can outweigh standards of care, leading to cases of abuse. This abuse can take many forms, including physical and emotional abuse.

Whether due to inadequate training, understaffed facilities, or inexperienced professionals, your loved one should never be a victim of abuse at a nursing home facility. To help fight unscrupulous practices, retain the services of our Greenville nursing home abuse attorneys at Christian & Christian . We are dedicated to fighting injustice and can work hard to help your family.

Contact us online or call (864) 408-8890 to discuss your case.

What Is Elder Abuse?

Among health and legal professionals, elder abuse is generally defined as the willful infliction of physical injury or harm, intimidation, or unreasonable confinement that results in pain or mental anguish by a caregiver.

Elder abuse includes the following:

  • Physical Abuse: Hitting, scratching, shoving, biting, and inappropriate use of restraints.
  • Emotional Abuse: Ridiculing, humiliating, intimidating, terrorizing, engaging in demeaning behavior, and scapegoating.
  • Sexual Abuse: Tricked, forced, or coerced sexual contact.
  • Financial Abuse: Pressuring an elder to divulge valuable information or forcing an elder to modify a will, deed, or trust.

It is crucial to report and prosecute nursing home abuse not only for the sake of your loved one, but as a public service, which can serve as a warning for other facilities that may be prone to the same level of abuse.

What Is Elder Neglect?

Elder neglect, on the other hand, generally refers to the failure of a caregiver to fulfill his or her obligations to the elder person’s care. This can include poor or inadequate nutrition, poor hygiene, lack of clothing, and failure to provide appropriate medical care.

Several different factors can play a part in elder neglect, such as:

  • Negligent hiring
  • Understaffing
  • Poor or insufficient training

Neglect can have some severe and fatal consequences, which includes:

  • Dehydration and weight loss
  • Pressure ulcers and bed sores
  • Slips and falls
  • Medical errors
  • Amputation
  • Choking accidents
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Sepsis
  • Pneumonia

Facilities can also be held vicariously liable for the acts of its employees or third parties contracted to care for residents. If a resident harms or injures another resident, for example, the private security firm that provided staff to maintain safety and order in a facility might be held liable for negligence.

Types of Nursing Home Abuse Claims We Handle

When your loved one has been injured due to the neglect or abuse of a caregiver or nursing home, there is an opportunity to seek justice for their pain and suffering. Christian & Christian understands the challenge of supporting a family member who has been mistreated in this way, and we have the experience that you need to be supported while holding the negligent parties responsible.

Our Greenville nursing home abuse lawyers handle claims including, but not limited to the following:

  • Bed Sores- Bed sores are also known as pressure ulcers or pressure sores and are the result of an area of the body experiencing prolonged pressure. These injuries are the result of decreased mobility and may be prevented by moving periodically and re-positioning a patient.
  • Malnutrition & Dehydration- Malnutrition is the result from eating an unbalanced diet and lacking the proper amount of nutrients. Dehydration is the result of a patient losing excessive body fluids and not experiencing the opportunity to increase the intake. When these conditions occur, it is often the result of direct neglect by a caregiver or a nursing home.
  • Over-medication- If an elderly individual is given too much medication purposefully, this is a direct form of elder abuse and you can hold liable parties responsible by partnering with Christian & Christian. Our attorneys can help you navigate this difficult situation with experience and compassion.
  • Assisted Living Abuse- If your loved one has suffered abuse or neglect in an assisted living facility, you have the right to seek compensation. Some signs of neglect may include broken eyeglasses, signs of restraints, bloody clothing, bed sores, and more.
  • Private Pay Abuse- Private pay abuse occurs when those who are residents at a nursing facility are unable to defend themselves and may be too embarrassed to tell someone about their abuse. Our attorneys have the experience and the compassion to help you and your loved one seek justice through this difficult time.

Alzheimer’s Abuse with Elderly Care

Experts suggest that as many as 5.5 million Americans over the age of 65 suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease. Many of these Americans are also nursing home residents. The degenerative brain disease is both progressive and irreversible, and those who suffer will experience memory loss, impaired thinking skills, and, ultimately, the inability to carry out simple tasks. Among Alzheimer’s patients suffering from dementia, anywhere from 34% to 62% may be the victims of abuse and/or neglect from a caregiver.

What makes nursing home residents with Alzheimer’s easy targets?

  • The disease may prevent them from remembering that abuse occurred in the first place.
  • Their history of mis-remembering facts could cause disbelief among the people to whom they try to report the abuse.
  • Alzheimer’s often affects mood/personality, causing patients to be irritable, paranoid, confused, and/or aggressive, which makes it easier for aggressors to shift blame or cause doubt about the accusations that have been made against them.
  • Those in advanced stages of Alzheimer’s may have lost their ability to speak.

Abuse and neglect of Alzheimer’s patients can take many forms, the most common of which are physical/sexual, emotional, and financial. If you notice any of the following signs or changes in behavior among your elderly loved(s), it may be time to take legal action; and, certainly, to consider relocating them to another facility.

Signs of physical/sexual abuse: unkempt appearance (unwashed or unbrushed hair, dirty clothes, etc.), unexplained injuries (bumps, bruises, scratches, broken bones), sudden weight loss, bedsores

Signs of emotional abuse: withdrawal from socializing or other normal activities, intense fear or avoidance of caregiver, depression/anxiety, abnormal violent behavior, odd “coping” mechanisms, i.e. sucking fingers, rocking back and forth, talking to themselves, irregular eating and/or sleeping patterns

Signs of financial abuse: unexplained missing money, mysterious disappearance of valuables such as jewelry, family heirlooms, etc., suspicious credit card activity, unusual ATM or bank withdrawals, unpaid bills (if out of character for your loved one)

Alzheimer’s is a frightening disease, both for the person suffering as well as the family members who have to watch their loved one’s mind and spirit deteriorate. This should never be made worse by the care facility to which you entrusted your loved one’s wellbeing.

If you have identified signs of abuse or neglect in your loved one, please do not hesitate to contact our team. We can help you take legal action against those responsible to ensure this egregious abuse of power does not continue to harm your loved one or any other residents of the nursing home facility.

What Should I Do?

If you suspect a loved one is a victim of elder abuse or neglect, contact the police or Adult Protective Services. You do not need to have proof that abuse occurred to make a report. Many states also have a toll-free hotline for you to call and relay your concerns. Visit the National Center on Elder Abuse website to find your state’s number.

Standing Up for Injured Nursing Home Residents

At Christian & Christian , we take our responsibilities seriously and use our talents and skills to help vulnerable people who have been neglected or abused in nursing homes. Our experience enables us to recognize and pinpoint causes of injury and preventable illness or death in a long-term care facility.

When you choose us, you will work with a law firm that also has a legal nurse consultant on staff, giving us insight into the extent of one’s injuries to help build a better case and maximize compensation on behalf of all those we represent. Because we understand both medical and legal aspects of nursing home abuse and neglect, we provide clients with the representation they deserve. Do not let this kind of egregious mistreatment go unpunished. Our Greenville nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers are here to help advocate for the rights of the injured throughout the state of South Carolina.

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