Nursing Home Negligence in Columbia

Signs of Elder Abuse and Neglect

The image of the elderly residents of nursing homes living in fear of those who have been trusted to care for them is a disturbing one, but it is one that has more truth than you might have realized. A report from the U.S. Congress states that approximately 1,600 nursing homes across the country have been cited for abuse, a figure that accounts for nearly one out of every three facilities in the nation. If you have concerns that a family member of yours may be suffering from some form of abuse or neglect, there is a chance that you are right. Some of the most common warning signs of which you should be aware include:

  • Sudden weight loss or other signs of malnutrition
  • Dehydration
  • Squalid living quarters
  • Lack of personal hygiene
  • Unexplained changes in behavior or personality
  • Unaccounted for financial transactions
  • Bruises, cuts or skin abrasions
  • Hospitalization for broken bones or other injuries

You should also be concerned if you ever arrive for a visit and are informed that you will not be allowed to see your loved one or that you will not be permitted to visit in private. In addition to the signs listed above, if you simply have a feeling that something just isn't quite right, do not hesitate to ask your family member whether he or she is suffering from any type of abuse or neglect. From there, you can involve a Columbia personal injury lawyer.

Suing for Nursing Home Neglect in South Carolina

If you have reason to believe that your loved one is being mistreated or neglected in a nursing home or assisted living facility, you can come to the Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr., LLC for help. We may be able to represent you in a lawsuit against the facility, whether for medical malpractice such as failure to provide the expected level of treatment and care or for intentional wrongs such as verbal or physical abuse or violence. Unfortunately, there are many cases in which the family does not learn about the matter until the patient has died. If this has happened to your family, then we can discuss the possibility of suing for wrongful death. Whatever the circumstances of your case, we want to help you secure the justice you deserve.

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