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Abuse of the elderly is one of the most heinous acts we encounter as attorneys. These cases mean more to us because of elder abuse’s malicious, indefensible nature. The Hughey Law Firm team will identify the economic and non-economic costs of your loved one’s abuse and work to hold liable parties responsible.

A South Carolina nursing home abuse lawyer from Hughey Law Firm will make your case their priority. Whether you suffered abuse or are representing a loved one, we want to hear from you. We’ll start working on your case today.

Why Do Victims of Nursing Home Abuse in South Carolina Hire Hughey Law Firm to Represent Them?

Hughey Law Firm AttorneysHughey Law Firm has made a name for representing victims of negligence in South Carolina. We have made a conscious effort to serve elderly victims of abuse and neglect, as they are often defenseless. These victims, including your loved one, deserve justice when they suffer abuse in a nursing home—our team will pursue that justice.

Victims and loved ones of nursing home abuse victims in South Carolina hire our firm because:

  • We know the standard of care that nursing homes must abide by: We are completely clear about the standards that nursing homes must abide by. While allowing abuse is clearly negligence, our attorneys will pinpoint even more specific instances of negligence that put your loved one at risk.
  • We have extensive experience holding negligent nursing homes accountable: We don’t just know the responsibilities that nursing homes have to their clients. We have a proven track record of holding negligent nursing homes accountable. Our proven ability to hold nursing homes responsible for negligence is a compelling reason to hire Hughey Law Firm.
  • Our reputation for excellent client service is hard-earned: Our client testimonials prove Hughey Law Firm to be client-focused. Compassion, attention to detail, and communication are the standard when you hire our legal team.
  • South Carolina is our home turf: We represent South Carolinians exclusively. Our attorneys have roots in South Carolina, and we feel a personal connection with each client we represent. Our commitment to South Carolinians makes us uncommonly familiar with the state’s civil laws and practices.
  • We fight for the maximum financial recovery our clients are entitled to: Your financial recovery will determine our success in your case. We don’t want your loved one to pay for any abuse-related damages out of their pocket. Therefore, we will seek a financial recovery that will undoubtedly pay your loved one fairly.

Hughey Law Firm checks all the boxes. From impressive financial results to positive testimonials and relevant experience, we provide an appealing offer to prospective clients.

Case Results Tell the Story of Hughey Law Firm

Before you hire a law firm for a South Carolina nursing home abuse case, you should ensure that the law firm can handle the demands of your case.

Our case results prove that our attorneys shine in the most high-stakes cases, as those results include:

  • $1 million for a client who developed pressure sores while living in a South Carolina nursing home
  • $875,000 for a client who suffered multiple fractures during a wheelchair accident in a nursing home
  • $750,000 for a client who suffered numerous attacks while living in a nursing home, a clear-cut and tragic case of abuse

These are just a few of the six- and seven-figure financial recoveries we have gotten for South Carolina abuse and neglect victims. Elder mistreatment is an extremely serious matter, and our case results show it.

We will carefully determine how much money your loved one deserves. We won’t settle for any lesser amount, even if that means we must go to trial to fight for their financial recovery.

South Carolina Nursing Homes

South Carolina has 188 nursing homes to choose from, though these facilities have faced over $3.3 million in penalties for safety and health violations over the past three years. The state cited 47 homes with serious deficiencies during that time, and many additional homes had 30 or more minor deficiencies. Overall, the chances are high that your loved one might suffer harm at the hands of a nursing home.

We Understand the Damages That Result from Abuse of the Elderly and Disabled—We Will Seek Fair Compensation for These Damages

At first look, it’s difficult to measure all the ways that abuse takes a toll on an elderly victim. A victim can be psychologically broken, emotionally fragile, and physically injured. The attorneys at Hughey Law Firm compassionately diagnose the damages that survivors of abuse experience, which can include:

Pain and Suffering

Victims of elder abuse often become anxious and fearful because of the actions of their abusers. In some cases, the caregivers responsible for protecting the victim perpetrate the abuse.

This is a gross violation of trust that may cause:

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Depression
  • Acute anxiety
  • Lost quality of life
  • Adverse changes in mood and personality
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Sleep problems
  • Persistent stress

The emotional and psychological consequences of abuse can even manifest as physical symptoms. Your lawyer from Hughey Law Firm will work with medical and mental health professionals to understand the effects of abuse on your loved one.

Medical Expenses

Physical and sexual abuse can produce both visible and internal injuries.

These injuries may require both short- and long-term medical intervention, including:

  • Emergency treatment
  • Medical imaging to diagnose injuries
  • Surgery
  • Hospitalization
  • Medications
  • Doctor’s appointments
  • Rehabilitation services

If your loved one needs additional types of medical care, we’ll factor the cost of that care into their case. Our attorneys can also determine the cost of any future treatment your loved one will need.

Psychological and Emotional Treatment

Some of the non-visible injuries caused by abuse are emotional and psychological in nature. Like any injury, your loved one may need treatment for emotional and psychological harm before they can heal.

We will demand that liable parties pay for medication, counseling, and any other treatments mental health professionals prescribe your loved one.

The Cost of Relocating to a Safer Facility

Many of our clients choose to relocate to new facilities or alter their living arrangements. Nobody should be expected to remain at a facility where they suffer abuse unless they choose to.

Therefore, we’ll seek compensation to cover any moving expenses your loved one faces, including the cost of:

  • Renting a moving truck
  • Hiring a moving service
  • Enrolling in a new facility, which may come with fees
  • Getting transportation to the new facility
  • Replacing any income you (or other loved ones) lose when helping your loved one relocate

Though moving expenses may not seem like significant damage, every piece of your loved one’s case puzzle counts. We leave no expense unaccounted for when valuing the cost of a client’s damages.

Permanent Disabilities (and Related Damages)

If your loved one suffers injuries with lingering symptoms or a permanent disability, they may suffer additional damages. If your loved one needs medical equipment, a part- or full-time caregiver, a specialized vehicle, long-term therapy, or any other services specific to a disabling condition,

A Loved One’s Wrongful Death

Elder abuse can prove fatal. This tragic outcome may happen shortly after the abuse happens or directly because of the abuse. In other cases, abuse-related injuries cause a slow or rapid medical descent for the victim.

If you’ve lost a loved one because of elder abuse in South Carolina, the Hughey Law Firm team extends its condolences.

We’ll work relentlessly to get justice for you and your loved ones, and recoverable damages may include the following:

  • The pain and suffering the decedent suffered before passing away
  • Your and your loved ones’ pain and suffering, which includes grief
  • The cost of grief counseling and any other mental health treatment you require
  • Funeral expenses
  • Any medical bills that have fallen on your shoulders
  • Any other damages you’ve suffered because of a loved one’s passing

As difficult as it is, we must determine the monetary cost of your loss.

What Qualifies as Abuse of Nursing Home Residents?

You may not be certain that your loved one suffered abuse. Our attorneys have represented many abuse victims, and we can help you clarify what has—or hasn’t—happened with your loved one.

Elder abuse is “an intentional or negligent act by any person that causes harm or a serious risk of harm to an older adult.”

The National Institute on Aging (NIA) identifies four categories of elder abuse:

  1. Physical abuse
  2. Emotional abuse
  3. Financial abuse
  4. Sexual abuse

Other types of mistreatment, including psychological abuse and neglect, are grounds for legal action against liable parties.

Examples of Physical Abuse

Physical abuse may include:

  • Punching
  • Slapping
  • Burning
  • Cutting
  • Pinching
  • Shoving
  • Tripping
  • Any other physical act that endangers or causes your loved one harm

These types of abuse are overt but not always easily detectable. We will work with professionals in medicine and elder abuse to identify any physical abuse your loved one has suffered.

Examples of Emotional and Psychological Abuse

Emotional and psychological abuse can include:

  • Threatening
  • Failing to provide basic care
  • Leaving your loved one alone in a way that’s intended to cause distress
  • Name-calling
  • Degrading
  • Pretending as if one will inflict physical pain
  • Engaging in any other activity that is intended to cause psychological or emotional distress

If caregivers or other liable parties showed your loved one anything but good faith and compassion, they might have crossed the line into psychological or emotional abuse.

Examples of Financial Abuse

Stealing, financial exploitation, and overbilling are three of many forms of financial abuse. Even when an elderly person does not have direct control over their finances, a predator can perpetrate financial abuse.

Examples of Sexual Abuse

Any unwanted or otherwise inappropriate sexual contact is sexual abuse. This type of abuse can be especially harmful, as it violates the victim’s physical safety and dignity in the most heinous way.

Who Is Legally Responsible for Nursing Home Abuse in South Carolina?

This depends on the details of the abuse. Generally, a nursing home is liable when someone suffers abuse within its confines. Also, any individuals who perpetrated abuse can be liable.

Abusers may include:

  • A caregiver
  • A fellow resident
  • A visitor to the nursing home
  • An administrator
  • A medical provider
  • Anyone else who has access to your loved one in a nursing home setting

Our detailed investigation will reveal every party who is liable for your loved one’s abuse and resulting damages. Multiple parties may owe your loved one compensation for the abuse they perpetrated or allowed.

How Hughey Law Firm Seeks Justice for Victims of Nursing Home Abuse in South Carolina

Nate HugheyThe Hughey Law Firm Team will lead every step of your loved one’s case.

Our responsibilities in South Carolina elder abuse cases typically include:

  • Managing all case-related communications and responsibilities
  • Gathering evidence of negligence and malicious behavior related to your loved one’s abuse
  • Documenting your loved one’s damages
  • Determining the financial cost of your loved one’s (and your own) damages
  • Leading settlement negotiations on your behalf
  • Completing a trial, if we need to

Our first goal will be to get a settlement. However, if settlement negotiations stall, we’re willing to take your case to trial. Whatever the client needs, Hughey Law Firm does.

We Shoulder the Financial Cost of Your Case, Meaning There Is No Risk in Hiring Hughey Law Firm

Our clients pay us nothing upfront or out of pocket.

If you hire a nursing home abuse lawyer from Hughey Law Firm, you will:

  • Let our firm cover the entire cost of your case
  • Agree to provide us a percentage of any settlement or judgment we get for you
  • Pay our percentage if we win, but owe us nothing if we don’t

To be clear, we always plan to win. We also seek compensation that covers our costs while paying for all of your damages.

Call Hughey Law Firm Today for a Free Consultation About Your Nursing Home Abuse Case in South Carolina

You should not wait to retain a South Carolina nursing home abuse lawyer from Hughey Law Firm. We will likely face a deadline for filing any personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit you will pursue. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can draft and file your case.

Call Hughey Law Firm today at (843) 881-8644 or contact us through our website to complete your free consultation, and let us fight for your financial recovery.

Remember: With Hughey Law Firm, it’s no win, no fee.

Client Testimonial

“I would like to thank the Hughey Law Firm for providing an excellent, professional, and expedient defense on behalf of my family. I absolutely recommend this law firm if you have been wronged or someone you love has been negatively affected. I would like to especially thank Mr. Bradley H. Banyas for all you did to get justice for my family.” – Rosemary R. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Hughey Law Firm LLC, South Carolina Main Office:

1311 Chuck Dawley Blvd. | Suite 201
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
Phone: (843) 881-8644