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In recent years, South Carolina has the reputation as one of the worst states in the nation in terms of protecting its elderly population. As our elders age, they deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, but unfortunately this doesn’t always happen. Elder abuse might occur at home by a family member or in an assisted living or nursing care facility.
If you are being abused or suspect that your parent or another elder that you love is being abused, your first priority must be to stop the abuse. You can report elder abuse to South Carolina’s Department of Social Services online.
As a victim of elder abuse, you or your loved one might be entitled to compensation from the perpetrators or those answerable for their conduct. Money cannot fix the psychological harm done to you or your loved one, but it might be able to provide better care. If you live in the Greenville area, call Hughey Law Firm at (843) 881-8644 to schedule a free consultation to discuss how we may be able to help.
Hughey Law Firm has represented dozens of clients in elder abuse cases in which accidents and injuries occurred in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and private homes. Recent examples of results include an $875,000 settlement for a client with a broken neck and pelvis from a wheelchair accident at an assisted living facility, two $500,000 settlements for neglected nursing home residents who had bed sores, and $440,000 for a nursing home patient who was neglected and suffered falls and a broken arm. These are examples, but they do not guarantee results in a particular case. The legal team at Hughey Law Firm will work to get the best possible outcome for the specific circumstances of each client’s elder abuse case.
California is the only state that scored worse than South Carolina for elder-abuse protections. California and Rhode Island tied South Carolina for the most elder abuse, gross negligence, and exploitation complaints.
Maybe this is due to a lack of resources—Georgia, Maine, and Missouri tied with South Carolina for the least total expenditures for elder abuse prevention.
Medicare allows people to compare the quality of local nursing homes. A high score here doesn’t guarantee quality, but it’s worth checking before you or a loved one moves into a nursing home.
Elder abuse is an umbrella term often used to refer to abuse, neglect, or exploitation of an aging person. South Carolina’s Omnibus Adult Protection Act clearly defines the wrongful and/or negligent acts that broadly constitute elder abuse:
The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) reports that elder abuse has a wide range of impacts on all levels that are physical, psychological, financial, and social in nature. They include:
If you or an elder that you love has been abused, you might be able to avoid some of the financial and social impacts of elder abuse by pursuing legal action to recover damages related to physical and psychological injuries. Damages that are most often awarded by the court in cases of elder abuse compensate victims for the following things:
In elder abuse cases that include gross negligence or an intention to harm someone, a South Carolina court may also award punitive damages to punish those who are liable for a wrongful act. South Carolina limits punitive damages to three times the amount of compensatory damages or $500,000, whichever amount is greater.
Being abused, neglected, or exploited brings a great deal of emotional, physical, and financial stress to victims and those who care about them. If you are being abused or suspect abuse, you don’t have to fight alone. An experienced personal injury attorney who has handled elder abuse cases can guide you through the legal process and help to hold those accountable who have injured you or your loved one.
You do not have to worry about paying attorney fees up front. At the Hughey Law Firm, we offer free initial consultations with one of our experienced elder abuse lawyers. In many cases, we will agree to represent a client on contingency. This means we will collect fees from any settlement or court-awarded verdict that we secure for our client.
If you or an elder who you love have been neglected or abused at home or in a nursing care facility, the first priority is to stop the abuse. An experienced lawyer can advocate for you and make sure the abuse stops. If you are the loved one of a victim, seek justice by hiring a skilled elder abuse lawyer in Greenville who can fight for the compensation you and your loved one deserve. Contact Hughey Law Firm online or at (843) 881-8644 for a free consultation.
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