It can be devastating to find out that a parent, grandparent or loved one suffered an injury due to negligence or abuse while at a nursing home. Nursing homes and assisted living facilities are supposed to employ medical professionals capable of handling the needs of elderly residents. When your loved one’s safety and health is neglected, something needs to be done.
At Hetrick, Harvin & Bonds, we provide aggressive, strategic advocacy to protect the victims of nursing home negligence. Contact us online or call 843-549-6432 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your concerns about the care your loved one received.
Signs of Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect
Nursing home negligence is a common problem, in part, because so many residents are vulnerable to injury and illness. It can be difficult to tell the difference between problems that are related to age and problems that are the result of mistreatment.
If your loved one has suffered any of the following conditions, you need to consider that abuse or neglect may be present:
- Bedsores, pressure sores, decubitus ulcers: Bedsores are a clear indicator that your loved one is being neglected. Patients who are moved regularly, per care guidelines, are unlikely to suffer bedsores.
- Malnutrition or dehydration: Failure to provide proper nutrition can lead to serious illness and even death. We are experienced in the investigation of malnutrition and dehydration cases.
- Falls: Falls occur for a variety of reasons in a nursing home setting. Wandering and elopement are common issues when patients suffer from dementia or Alzheimer’s. If a patient isn’t tended properly, falls are a likely result. Falls also occur due to over-medication of patients and under-staffing, which are sometimes related problems. In any case, falls can cause lacerations, broken bones, substantial bruising and head injuries.
If you suspect nursing home abuse, or your loved one has suffered a severe or fatal injury resulting from abuse or neglect, our attorneys can help. We know what to look for. We can work quickly to find out what happened to your elderly loved one and take immediate action to address the problem. That may involve contacting a number of witnesses, including employees and staff, former employees, patients and medical professionals. We may consult with experts to establish your claim and force the nursing home to take responsibility for the harm done.
For more information about nursing home negligence, please use this form or dial 843-549-6432 to contact our South Carolina attorneys today.