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Often, elderly members of your family are the most vulnerable. You’d like to assume that their nursing home or assisted living facility is a safe place where they will be cared for, but that safety isn’t guaranteed. Unfortunately, long-term trauma, extensive injury, and even death can occur due to nursing home or assisted living facility abuse.
If your loved one has been a victim of abuse in a nursing home or assisted living facility, you and your loved one may be entitled to significant compensation. Contact the experienced, compassionate attorneys at the Hughey Law Firm today at (843) 881-8644 to learn more about how we may be able to help.
Including Washington D.C., South Carolina ranks 50th in the nation for elder-abuse protections—only California scored worse. It is tied at the bottom of the list with California and Rhode Island for the most elder abuse, gross negligence, and exploitation complaints, and tied with three other states for the least total expenditures on elder abuse prevention.
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When negligence at a group home led to a resident’s escape, the Hughey Law Firm was able to achieve a settlement of more than $3 million. When an autistic boy escaped a group home due to negligence, we were able to get a settlement for the family of over $1 million. A client who suffered a broken neck and pelvis in a wheelchair accident at a nursing home recovered a $875,000 settlement thanks to our legal representation. At the Hughey Law Firm, we believe in providing dedicated service to our clients. Whether it means settling out of court or taking the battle to the courtroom, we work to get our clients the compensation they deserve for their injuries or the injuries their loved ones have suffered.
Abuse at a nursing home or assisted living facility falls usually falls into one of four primary categories: neglect, in which the individual isn’t given the care necessary to maintain quality of life; physical abuse, in which the patient suffers physical mistreatment; emotional abuse, in which someone manipulates, berates, or threatens an elderly person; and sexual abuse at the hands of a nursing home employee or another resident. While a wide range of injuries may occur, some of which may leave no marks, there are several common injuries that often signal that abuse has occurred.
Many family members begin to suspect abuse when they realize that a loved one has multiple injuries in several different stages of healing, that the loved one has become anxious or withdrawn, or has suddenly started showing signs of fear at physical contact. Elderly individuals may also display unusual behavior changes, including repetitive behaviors such as rocking or choosing isolation, as a result of abuse.
In the case of nursing home and assisted living facility abuse, the facility bears much of the legal responsibility for the abuse. Nursing homes and assisted living facilities have a clear duty of care to the patients who reside there. When facilities breach this duty of care by hiring abusive employees, they may bear legal liability for the harm caused. The individual who committed the abuse may also be held legally responsible. Most often, abuse occurs when nurses or orderlies are left alone with patients. In some cases, doctors employed by the facility may also be responsible for abuse.
While money can’t take back the damage your loved one has suffered, it can help with a fresh start in a new facility and ensure medical needs are taken care of properly. Damages recovered after abuse in a nursing home or assisted living facility may include:
Often, nursing homes and assisted living facilities try to avoid paying for injuries suffered by residents. These facilities may attempt to:
If your loved one has been involved in a case of abuse or neglect, hiring a lawyer can help you get the full compensation you deserve. Hiring a lawyer proves that you’re serious about seeking compensation and appropriate penalties for your loved one’s abusers. In many cases, this simple step can significantly increase the amount of your settlement as well as removing some of the weight from your shoulders during a difficult time. At Hughey Law Firm, we’ll start with a free consultation to learn more about your situation. In many cases, we’re able to accept clients on a contingent fee basis: our payment, in these cases, comes out of the settlement amount, rather than being paid up front.
If your loved one suffered abuse at the hands of a nursing home or assisted living facility, call the experienced lawyers at the Hughey Law Firm at (843) 881-8644 today.
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