If your loved one suffered abuse, neglect, medical errors, or any other mistreatment in an elder care facility, they can seek compensation for damages. A South Carolina elder health care lawyer from Hughey Law Firm will fight for the justice your loved one deserves.

Our team often seeks compensation to cover elderly clients’ medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages. We are ready to fight for your loved one. Elder mistreatment demands that we hold liable parties accountable, even when they did not mean to cause your loved one harm.

Why Choose Hughey Law Firm as Your Elder Health Care Attorney?

There are several reasons to choose Hughey Law Firm for your elder health care lawyer in South Carolina.

Our firm:

  • Has earned the respect of our former clients: You can review our endorsements from former clients. These testimonials describe a legal team that is completely dedicated to our clients’ satisfaction and financial recovery.
  • Has a keen focus on elder care issues: Hughey Law Firm has represented many victims of elder abuse, neglect, exploitation, and medical malpractice. Our attorneys understand the challenges that elder-specific cases pose and the strategies necessary to achieve a positive outcome.
  • Will cover all case-related expenses: We want you (and your loved one) to face no case-related stress. Therefore, our firm covers all case-related costs, offers a simple fee structure, and does everything in our power to win.
  • Will fight for your loved one’s total financial recovery: When we accept an elder health care case, the goal is to win. No matter the cost or the demands a case places on our team, we fight for the best possible outcome.

We aren’t intimidated by going to trial. Though our attorneys always aim to secure a settlement, we take our clients’ cases to court when necessary. Your interests always come first at Hughey Law Firm.

Consider Our Case Results

Our firm’s case results prove how hard we fight for victims of elder abuse, neglect, and medical errors.

Some relevant case results include:

  1. $1 million for a client who developed pressure sores in a nursing home
  2. $875,000 for a client who suffered a wheelchair accident in an elder care facility
  3. $750,000 for a client who suffered physical abuse in a nursing home
  4. $440,000 for a client who fell and broke their arm in a hospital

These are just four of the many financial recoveries we have gotten for clients. Our team will value your loved one’s damages accurately and then fight for the entire financial recovery they deserve.

Circumstances That May Lead You to Hire an Elder Health Care Lawyer in South Carolina

Both unintentional and intentional failures can be reasons to sue an elder care facility.

Defendants in such a lawsuit may include:

  • An assisted living facility
  • A nursing home
  • A hospital
  • An urgent care facility
  • Another provider of medical care or housing services for the elderly

Hughey Law Firm has successfully represented clients in cases against many different classes of defendants. No matter how much financial support the defendant has behind its defense, Hughey Law Firm expects to win the case.

Unfortunately, we have found that defendants with otherwise positive reputations make serious errors in judgment. In other cases, a defendant has a long track record of complaints, making it unsurprising (but still tragic) when a client reports a new complaint to our firm.

Our elder health care lawyers serving South Carolina often handle cases involving:


Elder abuse involves intentional actions or failures that jeopardize the victim’s health or well-being.

The CDC categorizes elder abuse as:

  1. Emotional or psychological abuse: Intentionally inflicting fear, confusion, and other harmful emotions is never acceptable. Caregivers, residents, administrators, or others who call names, issue threats, or engage in other forms of psychological or emotional abuse must be accountable.
  2. Physical abuse: Any harmful physical contact with the elderly generally qualifies as physical abuse. This includes slapping, punching, pinching, cutting, burning, shoving, and other overt acts of physical aggression. Even faking physical violence to scare someone qualifies as abuse.
  3. Sexual abuse: Engaging in non-consensual sexual contact with an elderly individual is abuse. Even if an elderly person seemingly consents to a sexual advance, they may not have the legal capacity to issue true consent.
  4. Financial abuse: Stealing from or otherwise financially exploiting the elderly is a cut-and-dry reason for legal action. Elder care facilities may disguise financial abuse, and the Hughey Law Firm team can answer any questions about your loved one’s finances.

Our firm works with elder abuse experts to diagnose our clients’ cases. Whether you know that abuse has happened or suspect possible abuse, Hughey Law Firm can help.


Neglect is a failure to meet an elderly person’s basic needs:

  • Eating
  • Drinking
  • Bathing
  • Using the restroom
  • Brushing teeth (or cleaning dentures)
  • Regular exercise, even if it is moderate
  • Assistance getting from place to place
  • Taking medications

Every person has different needs. Some residents at elder care facilities may be independent and caring for themselves, for the most part. Others may need assistance with every aspect of their care, from going to the bathroom to rolling over in bed to avoid pressure sores.

It is the responsibility of nursing homes, hospitals, and other care facilities to know a person’s care needs and to meet those needs.

Medical Errors

Some medical errors affecting the elderly qualify as malpractice.

Some types of medical malpractice our attorneys respond to include:

  • Failure to diagnose
  • Delayed diagnosis
  • Improper treatment recommendations
  • Surgical errors
  • Failure to monitor a patient’s recovery

Our lawyers can hold a medical professional negligent when they fail to act as another reasonable professional should. Our firm can help determine if medical errors qualify as malpractice.

Recoverable Damages in an Elder Health Care Case

Each elderly client we represent has different damages. Our team will work with doctors, experts, and other qualified parties to identify and value your loved one’s damages.

Recoverable damages in an elder mistreatment or medical malpractice lawsuit may include:

Medical Expenses

Those who suffer abuse, neglect, and medical errors may need medical care, including:

  • Corrective surgery
  • Hospitalization
  • Medical imaging
  • Medications

Your attorney from Hughey Law Firm will seek compensation to cover all medical costs resulting from abuse, neglect, or error. We will also seek to reimburse you for the cost of any medical care that proved to be harmful, as you shouldn’t have to pay for negligent care.

Rehabilitation Costs

If your loved one requires rehabilitation for physical injuries stemming from mistreatment or medical errors, we’ll determine the cost of their rehab. This includes the rehabilitation itself and the cost of transportation to and from rehab appointments.

Pain and Suffering

Whenever an elderly individual receives anything less of great care, they suffer.

Covered forms of pain and suffering include:

These are only a few examples of pain and suffering. Hughey Law Firm works with experienced mental health professionals to diagnose and value our clients’ pain and suffering.

Psychological and Emotional Treatment Costs

If your loved one needs counseling, medications, therapy, or any other treatment for their pain and suffering, we’ll determine the cost. These are damages that we’ll include in their case against a liable elder care facility.

Relocation Expenses

Victims who move after suffering mistreatment may have several expenses, including:

  • Movers’ fees
  • Transportation-related expenses
  • Enrollment fees

Moving always comes with inconvenience, and we’ll consider the stress of moving, too.

Damages From a Wrongful Death

If your loved one passed away because of the effects of mistreatment or medical malpractice, we give you our condolences. You deserve justice for your heartbreaking loss.

A lawyer from Hughey Law Firm can seek compensation for:

  • Funeral and burial costs
  • Your pain and suffering
  • The decedent’s pain and suffering
  • Loss of a spouse
  • Loss of a parent

It is always difficult for us to determine the cost of a lost life, but it is necessary to do so. While those who cause an injury or death are not always criminally liable, they are often civilly liable. That’s where Hughey Law Firm comes in, demanding accountability in the form of financial recovery.

How the Hughey Law Firm Team Will Lead Your Elder Health Care Case in South Carolina

We provide personalized legal services for every client, though most elder injury and death cases require similar services. The Hughey Law Firm team will assist you by:

Establishing Liability

We will determine who is liable for your loved one’s damages. We often determine that a nursing home, assisted living facility, hospital, or other institution is liable for our clients’ damages. Individuals who committed or allowed mistreatment may also be defendants in a lawsuit.

Calculating the Cost of Your Loved One’s Damages

Our attorneys will determine exactly how much compensation your loved one deserves. This is a key way for our team to help. Calculating damages can be difficult, especially when someone has non-economic damages like pain and suffering. The attorneys at Hughey Law Firm have experience in calculating damages, and we will get it right.

Leading Settlement Negotiations

Settlement negotiations are our first chance to resolve your loved one’s case. We will fight tenaciously for the entire financial recovery your loved one deserves.

The success of negotiations ultimately boils down to the defendant. A liable party is either willing to accept their liability and pay fair compensation or not. Still, our attorneys put forth the most compelling argument we can in pursuit of a fair settlement.

Completing Any Necessary Trial

We determine whether to go to trial on a case-by-case basis. If we determine that a trial gives us the best chance to get fair compensation for your loved one, we will go to trial.

Our firm will also protect your loved one. Not only will we protect their legal rights, but we will also protect them from harassment, badgering, and the stress that an elder healthcare case can cause.

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Why Do We Sue Negligent Elder Health Care Facilities in South Carolina?

Hughey Law Firm sues individuals and institutions that put the elderly at risk because it is the right thing to do.

By getting compensation from liable parties, we:

  1. Ensure that victims like your loved one have the money they need for medical care and other damages
  2. Allow our clients to close the chapter on a difficult time in their life
  3. Hold defendants responsible for specific instances of negligence or intentional harm
  4. Hope to ensure that others do not suffer the same fate as our client

Those who care for elderly individuals sign various legal agreements. Even without contracts stating specific duties, these parties must generally abide by the legal standard of duty of care. This duty requires them to act reasonably with respect to your loved one.

The duty of care requires nursing homes and assisted living facilities to:

  • Understand a resident’s unique needs, including medical conditions, medications, and disabilities
  • Inform every caregiver of the resident’s needs and limitations
  • Hire only staffers who are qualified and willing to provide compassionate care
  • Monitor residents at all times
  • Install locks, handrails, and other measures that ensure resident safety
  • Terminate any employees who exemplify negligent behaviors

These facilities must also maintain adequate staff levels at all times. Understaffing is a common problem among elder care facilities, posing a clear and direct danger to residents who need round-the-clock care.

Call Hughey Law Firm Today for a Free Consultation About an Elder Health Care Case in South Carolina

Nathan Hughey - Attorney for Elder Health Care Accident Cases near South Carolina area

Nathan Hughey, Elder Health Care Lawyer in South Carolina.

South Carolina law generally requires that we file an elder abuse or neglect lawsuit within three years of discovering mistreatment. We may face a similar deadline for medical malpractice cases. If you miss the deadline, you miss the opportunity to seek justice and compensation.

Don’t wait to start the legal process contact us now or call us at any time at (843) 881-8644 Our team of personal injury lawyers in South Carolina and paralegals will assess your rights and fight for the financial recovery your loved one deserves. Call Hughey Law Firm today for your free consultation. You and your family will not regret seeking justice for any harm you experienced.

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Hughey Law Firm – Charleston Office

171 Church Street Suite 330
Charleston, SC 29401
Phone: (843) 633-6877

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