South Carolina Memory Care Facility Abuse Lawyers
Elder abuse is awful no matter the circumstances. Cases when the victim has Alzheimer’s, dementia or some other form of memory impairment can be even more insidious. The victim, because of their state of mental incapacitation, may not be able to recall who perpetrated an abusive act, or even that it happened at all. If the abuse involves a pattern of neglect, the odds of victim recollection are even longer. If you suspect that someone you love is being abused or neglected, it’s important to contact an experienced South Carolina memory care facility abuse lawyer for help.
Mann Blake & Jackson has deep experience in fighting tough cases that require serious investigation, diligent research, and intense legal advocacy. Our settlement verdicts include wins that have soared past the $50 million threshold. From our Columbia office, we serve all of South Carolina. Call today at (803) 525-1645 or contact us online to set up a consultation.
Signs of Abuse with Dementia Patients
Those with dementia, Alzheimer’s and other conditions that afflict the memory not only may be unable to recall events and people, but they may not be believed, even if they do. We understand that our elderly loved ones may struggle with recall and accuracy as they decline, but it’s still important to keep an eye out for signs—particularly if the incidents they relate seem to be either the same or revolve around a common pattern. Examples include…
Is a patient being subjected to intimidation or being forced to endure humiliation? Are they repeatedly harassed or even physically threatened? If a loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s talks of this, it’s possible to think they might be just recalling a bad experience from their distant past or just giving voice to a subconscious fear. But watch for the warning signs—do they seem more agitated than normal?
When a visitor sits with them, do they fall into a depression—or, on the other extreme, seem almost hypervigilant? Does the staff seem curiously unwilling to let you be alone with the patient? These are red flags that the abuse the patient is talking might just be in the here and now. Our South Carolina memory care facility abuse attorneys can work with you to get to the bottom of what might be going on.
The physical side of abuse isn’t restricted to the act of striking the patient. Physical abuse can be interpreted broadly to include actions or neglect that heighten a patient’s physical pain. Those in any type of nursing home or assisted living facility can be particularly vulnerable to this latter type of abuse.
A patient may rely on being turned over on their side to avoid bed sores. Those with Alzheimer’s and dementia certainly require help with bathing and washing their hair. If a loved one is concerned their patient is suffering from physical abuse, checking the conditions of bed sores and the scalp can be places to start. It’s also advised to see if there are any bruises that may have been incurred through either a direct physical assault, or from being pushed into a bedrail.
Everything we’ve discussed so far is truly awful for an elderly person with memory loss to endure, but the sexual abuse of these patients goes to a new level of depravity. First off, it is naturally a criminal offense, which ought to be investigated by law enforcement and prosecuted by the District Attorney. But there can also be civil liability, where a South Carolina memory care facility abuse lawyer can help the family recover appropriate financial damages against those who are culpable.
The warning signs of sexual abuse can be bruising or bleeding in the breast and genital areas. The loved ones of a victim can also check undergarments to look for any signs of tearing or of blood. If there is any suspicion at all, call the police and ask them to investigate. Then call our South Carolina memory facility abuse lawyers and we’ll conduct our own investigation.
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Mann Blake & Jackson has built a reputation for being willing to take on tough cases against powerful institutions. We’ve got a track record of success that includes settlements of $50 million and higher. Our elderly people are entitled to dignity and respect under the law, and when that’s violated, they and their families deserve justice. We’re here to fight for that justice.
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