Columbia Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer

Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Columbia

Nobody ever wants to have to trust a nursing home to care for their loved one, however, if we can no longer do so on our own, we may have no choice. If you or your loved one was recently harmed by a negligent or abusive nursing home, you can rely on a knowledgeable Columbia nursing home abuse lawyer here at our firm to fight for the justice you deserve. Contact Mann, Blake & Jackson today to learn more about nursing home abuse cases in South Carolina and how we can assist you.

Columbia Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer | Here for You & Your Loved One

The decision to place a loved one in a facility is one of the most difficult ones any of us will face in our lifetimes. Unfortunately, only approximately 1 out of every 5 nursing homes in South Carolina holds a Five Star rating from Medicare. And 16% of South Carolina’s nursing homes have a One Star rating – the lowest rating they can receive – based on criteria like health inspections, staffing, and quality measures.

Nursing homes and assisted living facilities care for our loved ones at a time in their lives when they are often the most vulnerable and they are charged with a duty to provide adequate care to their residents and patients while maintaining the highest possible level of independence, integrity, and dignity. When nursing homes and assisted living facilities fail to meet this standard of care, disastrous results, including falls, bedsores, skin breakdown, unexplained injuries, rapid health decline, and often avoidable death occur.

Sadly, all too often, nursing home residents are not properly cared for and sometimes suffer abuse and neglect at the hands of trained caregivers. This can lead to the development of bedsores, malnutrition, and dehydration, bowel impaction, falls and bruising, broken bones, poor hygiene, medication issues, mental health issues, and the improper use of restraints. If you or your loved one are a victim of nursing home abuse, you need to speak with a seasoned Columbia personal injury lawyer as soon as you can.

Types of Nursing Home Abuse

Nursing home abuse can come in various forms. In some cases, signs of nursing home abuse are more apparent than others, such as bruising or other types of physical harm. However, aside from physical abuse, nursing home abuse can also come in the form of emotional, financial, or sexual abuse as well. If you suspect that your loved one is a victim of any of these types of abuse, you can rely on an aggressive Columbia nursing home lawyer here at Mann, Blake & Jackson to fight for you.

Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

As you can imagine, nursing home abuse isn’t always obvious. However, there are certain signs to look out for that, if detected timely, can even save your loved one’s life. Nursing homes that neglect or abuse our loved ones need to be held accountable. If you believe a family member has been the victim of nursing home neglect or abuse, then it is important to seek timely legal advice from an attorney who has experience handling these claims. If you or a loved one has suffered any of the following, contact us for a free case review to see whether we can help:

  • Bed Sores
  • Pressure Ulcers
  • Falls
  • Malnutrition
  • Sudden Weight Loss
  • Dehydration
  • Withdrawn Behavior
  • Alterations in Appearance or Personal Hygiene
  • Medical Neglect
  • Unsafe or Unclean Living Conditions
  • Possessions Going Missing
  • Neglect of Basic Needs

Reporting an Incident

If you suspect that an incident or multiple incidents of nursing home abuse are occurring, you must take the steps needed to promptly document the incident and ensure your loved one gets to safety. Those steps are as follows:

  1. If you believe your loved one is in immediate danger, you should call the police. They can ensure your loved one receives the medical treatment he or she needs and document the dangerous nursing home conditions.
  2. Take pictures of the unsafe nursing home conditions and/or your loved one’s injuries.
  3. Ask witnesses for their contact information.
  4. Report the incident(s) of abuse to the SCDOA Long Term Care Ombudsman at 1-800-868-9095.
  5. Keep a copy of any medical documentation pertaining to your loved one’s injuries.
  6. Speak with an experienced Columbia nursing home lawyer who can fight for the compensation both you and your loved one deserve.

Statute of Limitations for Nursing Home Abuse Claims in South Carolina

The statute of limitations is the amount of time a person or their loved ones have to take legal action after an incident of nursing home abuse occurs. In South Carolina, the statute of limitations for nursing home abuse claims is, typically, three years, which means that you must file your claim within three years of the date the abuse occurred. That said, it is always best to speak with our experienced South Carolina elder abuse attorneys as soon as you discover the abuse is occurring. Keep in mind that waiting longer than three years to bring your claim will most likely permanently bar you from doing so. Our firm is prepared to assist you today.

Contact Us Today!

The bottom line is that if your loved one is in a nursing home and you believe he or she is a victim of abuse, the time to act is now. We have worked hard to develop a reputation statewide for delivering large case results in complex litigation. Our firm proudly serves clients in Columbia and throughout South Carolina, including in Richland County, Kershaw County, Fairfield County, Sumter County, Lexington County, Calhoun County, and Newberry County. Contact Mann, Blake & Jackson today to schedule your free initial consultation with our competent legal team.