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As our loved ones age, and we plan for their care, turning to a nursing care facility remains a common solution for most. Some nursing care facilities also serve as transitional care for rehabilitation after surgery, stroke, or an injury requiring extensive recovery. Regardless of the reason for entering a long-term care facility, we expect our loved ones to receive exceptional care that includes treating them with dignity and respect. When that doesn’t happen, you may need a South Carolina nursing home abuse lawyer.
Federal and state laws governing standards for long-term care facilities require regular inspections to ensure that they comply with minimums for health safety, fire safety, and overall quality of care. In recent years, Charleston’s White Oak Manor has received 19 health citations, including 11 from the most recent inspection. This startling number suggests that conditions and care at White Oak Manor are worsening over time, putting residents at risk for harm or injury. Poor health conditions at a facility often coincide with neglect and abuse, an unfortunate correlation for those who live in poor-quality nursing homes.
The impact of nursing home abuse or neglect goes far beyond the physical or emotional injury of a resident. Victims face long-term psychological struggles as well as economic losses related to injury, treatment, and recovery. If a member of your family or other loved one has suffered abuse or neglect at White Oak Manor in Charleston, South Carolina, the law entitles you to seek compensation for damages on his or her behalf. The experienced team of nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys at Hughey Law can help you hold those who harmed your loved one accountable for their actions. Contact us at (843) 881-8644 for a free consultation and to learn how we can assist your loved one after he or she has suffered harm.
Taking legal action against a nursing care facility requires you to understand South Carolina’s laws that protect residents in long-term care facilities. South Carolina’s Omnibus Adult Protection Act contains specifics about protections for residents, including definitions of abuse, exploitation, and neglect, which are:
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Now that you have some background on South Carolina’s definitions of abuse and neglect, we want to share the details of some of White Oak Manor’s most recent citations from its most recent published inspection (2018). You can also view how they compare to other nursing home in the nation but some of their citations include:
Although White Oak Manor has received numerous citations for its quality of care and sanitation, this doesn’t mean your loved one has suffered physical or emotional harm or sustained injuries from abuse or neglect. Yet, these inspection reports should concern you to the extent that you should keep your eyes and ears open when you visit your loved one. If you suspect or know your loved one or another White Oak Manor resident has been abused or neglected, or you suspect ongoing issues, you need to immediately call the Long Term Care Ombudsman from the South Carolina Department on Aging at 1-800-868-9095. The ombudsman will start an investigation into your complaint.
In some situations, you might not be certain of neglect or abuse, and your loved one likely won’t share information with you. Many residents don’t complain about conditions or abuse because they fear retaliation. You can watch for the following signs of abuse, neglect, and exploitation. They don’t absolutely guarantee that your loved one is suffering, but these signs should warrant explanation and/or action.
Physical signs of nursing home abuse or neglect are easiest to see, so you can stop abuse and hold caregivers accountable. Some common visible signs include:
Behavioral signs of nursing home abuse or neglect are much harder to notice. If your loved one has been physically abused, you might not see the physical signs. Also, some abusers rely on verbal and emotional abuse, which can sometimes be more damaging than physical abuse. In some cases, these non-physical symptoms might indicate other emotional struggles besides abuse or neglect. Behavioral signs are especially relevant when they dramatically differ from the way your loved one usually acts or feels. Some examples include:
Signs of financial exploitation can be simple to spot if you know where to look. If you monitor and control your loved one’s finances, the following things might indicate financial abuse or exploitation:
If you choose to take legal action against White Oak Manor on behalf of your loved one because of harm that he or she suffered from neglect or abuse, a settlement or verdict in favor of the plaintiff might result in compensation for some or all of the following damages:
If your loved one died as a consequence of injuries related to abuse or neglect at White Oak Manor, you might be able to sue for damages in a wrongful death suit, depending on your relationship with the deceased. Eligible family members might recover some of the above damages, in addition to funeral costs and burial expenses. Surviving family members sometimes also receive non-economic damages. A skilled nursing home abuse and neglect lawyer will advise you on what types of damages might apply to your situation.
Whether your loved one is permanently residing in a nursing home or only temporarily visiting for rehabilitation, he or she deserves the best possible care. Trusted caregivers aren’t supposed to exploit, abuse, or neglect residents. Those who do must be stopped. When you take legal action against an abuser, you also help prevent other residents from falling victim to the same caregiver or facility in the future.
If White Oak Manor in Charleston or one of its employees has harmed your loved one, purposefully or on accident, we are here to help you advocate for your loved one. Contact one of our experienced long-term care abuse and neglect attorneys at Hughey Law at (843) 881-8644, or contact us online to discuss suspected abuse or neglect at White Oak Manor in Charleston. We accept nursing home abuse and neglect cases on contingency, only collecting attorney fees from any compensation that we secure for your loved one in the form of a settlement or court-awarded damages. You don’t have to worry about paying fees upfront or out-of-pocket to protect yourself or your loved one.
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