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In state rankings of elder abuse rates and elder protections, South Carolina consistently ranks as one of the worst states for elders. In 2018, a national study of U.S. states ranked South Carolina 50th for elder abuse, gross neglect, and exploitation complaints, 46th for state spending on the prevention of elder abuse, and overall the worst state for protecting its elders. Our loved ones deserve superior care and treatment as they age, but unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. Elder abuse can occur in a residential setting, assisted care facility, or nursing home.
If you suspect that an elder you love has suffered abused, he or she might be entitled to compensation for any injuries sustained. While we understand that financial compensation will not undo the physical and emotional harm that elder abuse has on older adults, it can help provide better future care for your family member. If you live in the Florence area, call the Hughey Law Firm today at (843) 881-8644 to schedule a confidential and free consultation to discuss how we can help.
The legal team at the Hughey Law Firm has represented dozens of older adults and their families in elder abuse cases that involve nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and residential homes. Some of our past success in elder abuse cases includes securing a settlement of $875,000 for an assisted living facility resident who suffered a broken neck and pelvis from a wheelchair accident, two half-million dollar settlements for two separate elder abuse victims who sustained serious bedsores, and a $440,000 verdict for a neglected nursing home resident who sustained injuries in multiple falls. While we cannot guarantee a favorable result in your case, the attorneys at Hughey Law Firm strive for the best possible result in every case.
Broadly speaking, the term abuse is an umbrella term that can refer to physical abuse, emotional abuse, neglect, or the exploitation of another person. South Carolina’s Omnibus Adult Protection Act clearly defines elder abuse to include all of the following:
The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) reports that elder abuse causes a wide array of negative impacts. Elder abuse is severely underreported, so some of these impacts might provide clues and insight into whether or not an elder that you love has been abused. The most common impacts include:
If an elder that you love has been abused, you may be able to offset some of the financial and social impacts of elder abuse by seeking compensation for damages related to the injuries. In personal injury cases, South Carolina courts might award compensatory and punitive damages. Like many states, South Carolina only awards punitive damages in extreme cases that include intentional harm and gross neglect, and state law limits punitive damages to three times the amount of compensatory damages or $500,000, whichever amount is greater. Most damages are compensatory in nature and include:
If you suspect that an elder who you love is being abused, your first priority should be to stop the behavior. You can report elder abuse online to the South Carolina Department of Social Services (DSS), which will initiate an investigation. If you are a family member of a victim of elder abuse, you should focus on helping your loved one hold his or her abuser accountable. Hire a seasoned elder abuse lawyer to represent your loved one injured in Florida. Call the Hughey Law Firm at (843) 881-8644, or contact us online, to schedule a free consultation and discuss the details of your case with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys. We handle elder abuse cases in Florence on contingency, so we don’t recover attorney fees unless we secure compensation for your loved one.
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