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Planning for the long-term care of our loved ones requires time and energy to ensure we are placing them in a facility where they receive the best care possible and are treated with dignity and respect. Fortunately, long-term nursing care facilities must undergo inspections to ensure they meet minimum standards for health safety, fire safety, and quality of care. If you or a loved one has already fell victim to unfortunate circumstances at an assisted living center speak with the nursing home abuse attorneys at the Hughey Law Firm today.
Charleston NHC HealthCare promises 24-hour skilled care provided by teams of licensed nurses, plus rehab, respite care, and a clinical social worker, among other amenities. The website looks appealing. But the for-profit facility is rated only better than average overall by U.S. News and World Report. A review website gives it an average of three out of five stars.
The Hughey Law Firm knows these and other deficiencies all too well, having won cases against Charleston NHC HealthCare for abuse or neglect of the patients there.
If you have a loved one who has suffered abuse or neglect at Charleston NHC HealthCare, South Carolina law permits you to seek compensation for damages on your loved one’s behalf. The experienced nursing home abuse attorneys at the Hughey Law Firm are here to help you hold those who caused your loved one harm accountable. Contact us at (843) 881-8644 for a free consultation to determine the best course of action for your loved one.
Before you can hold a facility or employee liable for harming your loved one, you need to become familiar with South Carolina’s legal definition of abuse and neglect as it pertains to long-term care facility residents. South Carolina’s Omnibus Adult Protection Act provides these legal definitions. They include:
If you know your loved one has been abused or neglected, or you suspect ongoing abuse or neglect, contact the Long Term Care Ombudsman at the South Carolina Department on Aging at 1-800-868-9095 right away. The Ombudsman with initiate an investigation into your complaint, but you should also notify the administrative staff at Charleston NHC HealthCare about your complaint in writing, and be sure to document all communication with the facility.
Nursing home abuse often goes unreported because residents fear retaliation, so your loved one might not share their experiences with you. The following physical, behavioral, and financial signs might indicate abuse or neglect:
It’s sometimes difficult to see the physical signs of abuse or neglect of your loved one. Some common visible injuries that may indicate neglect or abuse include bedsores, wounds, cuts, excessive bruising, abnormally pale complexion, sunken eyes, bed sores, sunken cheeks, excessive weight loss, or any other physical issue that seems unusual or suspicious to you.
When abusers are good at hiding physical signs or only engage in verbal abuse, the signs are much more difficult to detect. The key to recognizing whether behavioral changes may indicate neglect or abuse is the extent to which the behaviors stray from your loved one’s normal behavior. For example, if your loved one generally suffers from depression, it’s not all that likely that their depressed behavior is attributable to abuse and neglect. Some other signs you can look for include disorientation, anxiety, withdrawal from everyday activities, withdrawal from socializing with others, stories about bruises or wounds that don’t make sense to you, talking about dying or suicide, and fear of speaking to you in front of medical staff, nursing assistants, or other employees.
If you have moved your loved one into Charleston NHC HealthCare, you likely are monitoring their finances. If a member of the facility has tried to financially abuse or exploit your loved one, you might notice missing money, checks, or valuables. You might also notice unauthorized credit or debit card charges, changes in the mailing address on financial accounts, or changes in your loved one’s credit score, indicating someone may have opened accounts under their name and/or Social Security number.
Your loved one deserves to be treated with the utmost dignity and respect and receive outstanding long-term nursing care. If Charleston NHC HealthCare or one of their employees has neglected or abused your loved one, accidentally or intentionally, we are here to help you act on your loved one’s behalf.
Nate Hughey has spent almost 20 years recovering compensation for hundreds of survivors of nursing home neglect and abuse—against Charleston NHC HealthCare, among many others. Many South Carolina attorneys consult the lawyers at the Hughey Law Firm when they have trouble with their own nursing home cases.
Contact one of our experienced long-term care abuse and neglect attorneys at the Hughey Law Firm at (843) 881-8644 or contact us online to discuss suspected abuse or neglect at Charleston NHC HealthCare.
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