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Nursing homes hold an important role in our community. We depend on these facilities to take care of our loved ones when they need it the most. Because they hold such great responsibility, they must be held accountable for their actions and meet a high level of quality. To ensure this, nursing homes must undergo annual inspections that review compliance with state laws regarding safety and quality of care.
Unfortunately, many facilities fail to meet expectations. When this happens, the state will issue fines and sanctions in an attempt to remedy deficiencies. In January 2019, Charleston Bishop Gadsden Episcopal Health Care Center received high marks from the state with no violations and no fines. However, there were seven noted deficiencies, an increase from the prior year. The primary concerns were improper handwashing procedures and improper storage of hand sanitizer. There were also deficiencies in patient care and medication management.
While Charleston Bishop Gadsden Episcopal Health Care Center has given other facilities a standard to strive for, sadly, inadequate care is far too common there—Hughey Law Firm has successfully handled cases against it.
The Hughey Law Firm has successfully pursued claims against this facility.
The problem is industry-wide in Charleston, and is anticipated to get worse. A recent article from the Post Courier predicts that South Carolina will have the fourth largest nursing shortage in the country by 2030. This has the potential to adversely affect residents across the state. Staffing shortages often have a direct correlation with a lower level of care.
If you believe your loved one is the victim of nursing home neglect or abuse, don’t hesitate to contact the nursing home abuse attorneys at Hughey Law Firm at (843) 881-8644.
Our loved ones deserve the highest level of care. At a time when they are most vulnerable, they count on us to protect them and ensure their safety and security. For many people, choosing the right care facility is a painful and difficult decision. After taking the time to find the right place, discovering abuse can be heartbreaking.
Abuse comes in many forms. As a caregiver, you must recognize and report any signs of abuse or neglect. The South Carolina Code of Laws clearly defines the legal definition of abuse. The most commonly recognized forms of abuse include:
Abuse is never okay. If you are not certain if what abuse is or suspect any type of abuse, the most important thing you can do is remove your loved one from the situation. You have the legal right to choose whichever care facility you want and make a change at any time. But removing your loved one is not enough. Elder abuse is illegal. Report any occurrence of abuse right away. This will allow the state to investigate the situation and hold all parties responsible. You do not need to provide proof to file a report.
The law also allows victims of nursing home abuse or a member of their family to seek economic damage from the nursing home. These damages include:
It can be overwhelming trying to figure out what to do after you find out your loved one is being abused. At this time, the only thing you should really have to worry about is ensuring your loved one’s health and safety. An experienced attorney can take care of the legal process so you can focus on your family. Some of the things your attorney will take care of include:
At the Hughey Law Firm, we handle each case with compassion and respect. Discovering abuse can be an emotional experience. Our job is to support you and help you seek appropriate compensation. Money won’t take away the abuse, but it can help you choose a new care facility and get you and your loved one the support you need.
Nate Hughey has spent almost two decades successfully helping hundreds of survivors of nursing home neglect and abuse recover compensation for their injuries—including against Charleston Bishop Gadsden Episcopal Health Care Center—and even teaches other lawyers how to handle those cases. Many law firms throughout South Carolina consult the lawyers at Hughey Law Firm on nursing home cases for their experience in handling these complex matters.
If you believe your loved one is the victim of nursing home neglect or abuse, contact Hughey Law Firm at (843) 881-8644 or visit us online to set up a free consultation.
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Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
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