Helping Myrtle Beach Elderly Abuse & Neglect Victims Obtain Compensation
People send their loved ones to nursing homes with the understanding that they will be well cared for while they are living there. However, nursing home abuse and negligence are unfortunately commonplace in some nursing centers and assisted living facilities. When nursing home staff behave in negligent, abusive, or careless ways, innocent residents can sustain injuries and experience other significant losses.
The nursing home abuse lawyers of Hughey Law Firm, who handle cases in Myrtle Beach, understand the anger and frustration associated with abuse of a loved one at a nursing home. Our lawyers also understand that the negligent nursing home or health care provider’s insurance company are never on your side and will do everything in their power to lowball the value of your case. Our experienced lawyers can take the necessary legal action to pursue a favorable monetary settlement on your behalf or litigate your case.
Negligent or Abusive Healthcare Professionals
Nursing homes are only supposed to hire qualified healthcare professionals who will properly care for residents and provide them with the medical attention and treatment they deserve. Unfortunately, however, that is not always the case.
Any nursing home healthcare provider could potentially commit an act of abuse or negligence while on the job. Negligent nursing home healthcare providers may include nursing staff, nursing assistants, doctors, nurse practitioners, and nursing home administrators. Any nursing home healthcare provider who commits an act of abuse or negligence can be held accountable for his or her actions or inactions.
Abuse or negligence at a nursing home can occur in a variety of contexts. Common examples of nursing home abuse and negligence include:
- Verbal abuse of a nursing home patient;
- Sexual abuse of a nursing home patient;
- Providing the incorrect medication or medication dosage to a patient;
- Failing to respond to a patient’s needs in a timely manner;
- Failing to recognize the signs or symptoms of cardiac arrest in a patient;
- Failing to respond to a patient emergency in a timely manner;
- Negligently treating a nursing home patient;
- Failing to properly maintain the patient’s room or the nursing home in general; and
- Neglecting the nursing home patient (for example, failing to bathe the patient regularly).
The nursing home abuse lawyers at the Hughey Law Firm may be able to file a malpractice case against a negligent nursing home and/or employee healthcare provider in Myrtle Beach.
Standard of Care
Nursing homes, their employees, and other medical professionals are held to a very high standard of care. These professionals hold patients’ lives in their hands and are expected to render the proper care and treatment that patients deserve.
Nursing home healthcare providers owe their patients a duty of reasonable care, comparable to other similar healthcare providers in the geographical area. Medical specialists are typically held to a nationally established standard of care.
In order to demonstrate medical malpractice—or medical negligence—in a nursing home abuse case, the injured resident has the burden of proving (i.e. through expert certification or testimony) that the healthcare provider or nursing home in question was negligent. The resident must also be able to show that he or she sustained injuries as a result of abuse or negligence on the part of the nursing home or healthcare provider. Finally, the patient or expert healthcare provider must be able to causally relate those injuries to the malpractice or negligence alleged.
If you believe that a loved one has been injured as a result of nursing home abuse or negligence, the experienced litigators at the Hughey Law Firm, who have handled numerous cases throughout Myrtle Beach and the surrounding areas, may be able to file a claim or lawsuit on your behalf and assist you with meeting your burden of proof.
Injuries and Damages Sustained
The potential injuries in a nursing home negligence or abuse case are too numerous to name. Since many nursing home injuries involve slip and falls and elderly accident victims, the injuries sustained can be especially debilitating. Those injuries may include bone breaks, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), muscular tears, and spinal cord injuries, to name a few. Injured nursing home patients may be able to pursue money damages to compensate them, not only for their medical bills and treatment, but also for the pain, suffering, and aggravation that they had to endure as a result of their injuries. Included with pain and suffering damages is compensation for loss of enjoyment or quality of life, due to the injuries sustained.
In the most serious of cases, a nursing home or nursing home employee’s negligence could result in a patient’s untimely death. In order to collect damages in a wrongful death case, the patient’s surviving family members would need to open an estate and appoint a personal representative. The estate could then file a wrongful death claim directly against the negligent nursing home or nursing home employee. Potential damages in a wrongful death lawsuit include monetary compensation for the patient’s pain and suffering which led up to his or her death, along with funeral costs.
The Myrtle Beach nursing home abuse lawyers at the Hughey Law Firm can review the nature and extent of your injuries and may be able to pursue monetary recovery on your behalf.
Contact Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Today to Discuss Your Myrtle Beach Case
Nursing home abuse is something that unfortunately occurs every day in nursing homes across South Carolina and the entire country. Fortunately, there is a legal remedy for nursing home abuse and negligence.
Above all, these cases are about accountability. Negligent nursing homes and the employees they hire should be held legally accountable for their misdeeds and carelessness. The nursing home abuse lawyers at the Hughey Law Firm understand this and will do everything in their power to help you recover the monetary compensation necessary to make you whole.
To schedule a free consultation and case evaluation with a nursing home abuse lawyer serving Myrtle Beach, please call us today at (843) 881-8644, or contact us online.