Laurens residents should be well aware of the dangers of nursing home abuse. In 2022 alone, a caregiver at NHC Laurens was charged with and convicted of felony abuse of a vulnerable adult for putting a resident in a headlock and hitting them in the head.
If your loved one has been a victim of abuse in a local nursing home, Hite Law Firm’s lawyers can help. Call us today for a free consultation.
Different Types of Nursing Home Abuse
Many families think of physical abuse as the primary form of nursing home maltreatment. There are other types of nursing home abuse that include:
- Emotional abuse
- Financial abuse
- Sexual abuse
Any form of nursing home abuse is grounds for a lawsuit when your loved one has suffered some type of injury. We investigate potential abuse wherever your elderly loved one may reside at the long-term care facilities throughout our region.
Signs of Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing homes will seldom self-report that your loved one has been a victim of abuse. They will do everything that they can to cover it up because they can face fines and lawsuits. Therefore, it is up to families to spot signs of nursing home abuse and neglect.
Some indicators that your loved one could be a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect include:
- Sudden change in their emotional state
- They become depressed or withdrawn
- They have unexplained bruises or fractures
- Loss of weight or disheveled appearance
- Fear in the presence of a particular staff member
- Withdrawal from social activities
Wrongful Death Lawsuits for Nursing Home Abuse
If your loved one has died in a nursing home, your family can file a personal injury lawsuit.
There are two primary times of damages that you could receive:
- Compensation for what your family lost when a loved one passed away
- Payment for what your loved one endured and harm that they suffered prior to the time that they passed away
Wrongful death lawsuits can lead to considerable compensation.
Nursing home lawsuits fall under the heading of personal injury actions. Under South Carolina law, you have three years from the date of injury or the death of your loved one to file a nursing home abuse lawsuit. This deadline is a very strict one. Ordinarily, there would be no reason to wait this long to begin the legal process because it is hard to prove a nursing home lawsuit after waiting so long.
Why Hire Us at Hite Law Firm?
We get results for our clients with several multimillion-dollar settlements and verdicts. We approach our cases in a caring and professional manner, working hard for you every step of the way. You are more than just a name to us — your legal rights are the reason why our injury lawyers come to work every day.
Contact a Laurens SC Nursing Home Abuse Attorney Today
The Hite Law Firm is ready and able to fight for your family when your loved one has been injured in a nursing home. The first step is to reach out for an initial consultation. You can message us online or call us today at 864-664-2252 to learn about your legal options.