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All Posts in Category: nursing home abuse


Nursing Home Abuse: Are Cameras Allowed in Resident Rooms?

Posted by Reese M. Stidham on 01 Dec, 2014


Nursing home abuse is a serious problem, with the National Center on Elder Abuse reporting as many as 10 percent of seniors surveyed said they had experienced abuse over the prior year. Many nursing home residents and their family members want to use video cameras in order to record what is occurring in a nursing home environment. Unfortunately, this is not always possible, as some nursing homes abuse privacy laws to prevent recording of patient care.

If you are concerned your loved one is being victimized by abuse, or if you are in a nursing home and are being harmed, you need to get help with a comprehensiveRead More


Skilled Nursing Home Facilities Failing Patients

Posted by Reese M. Stidham on 09 May, 2014

nursing-home-caretaker-seniorPatients in a nursing home setting, and especially a skilled nursing facility, expect that the care they get will help them recover or maintain their health. Unfortunately, new evidence indicates that this is not true for many patients. In fact, some skilled nursing home facilities are actually causing their patients harm.

When a nursing home fails to provide adequate care to its long- or short-term residents, that facility can and should be held legally responsible for the consequences of its failures. An experienced nursing home abuse lawyer can assist patients and family members who have… Read More


Elderly Woman’s Daughter Files Negligence Suit Against Mt. Pleasant Hospice

Posted by Reese M. Stidham on 21 Mar, 2011

On the early morning of February 12th, allegedly, a homeless man entered an unlocked door of Gentiva Health Services, a Mt. Pleasant hospice, walked across the hall, into an 86-year-old woman’s room, and sexually assaulted her. After hearing a scream, a nurse rushed to the room and found the homeless man atop the helpless hospice resident.

Since the attack, the victim’s daughter filed a suit in federal district court in Charleston, contending the hospice failed to provide “reasonable and necessary security.” The suit accuses the hospice’s operators of negligence after the aforementioned… Read More


Jury Awards Big Time, Causing Nursing Home to Seek Appeal

Posted by Reese M. Stidham on 24 Feb, 2011

Charleston nursing home abuse attorneys came across a Kentucky suit that recently awarded a monumental sum of $42.75 million to the family of a man who, allegedly, died due to negligent care in a nursing home. The amount was granted by a Hopkins County jury in Lexington, Kentucky and according to court documents the jury awarded $1 for the man’s pain and suffering, $1.75 million for his wife’s loss, and $40 million in punitive damages.

The suit claimed that a 92-year-old man’s death was caused because of a Madisonville nursing home’s negligent behavior by not ensuring… Read More


Elderly Man Walks Out of Nursing Home Unnoticed, Freezes to Death

Posted by Reese M. Stidham on 26 Jan, 2011

Charleston personal injury attorneys know the decision to move disabled or elderly family members into a nursing home is never easy, but once that decision is made, families trust that loved ones will be properly cared for while under the supervision of the home’s staff. Unfortunately, the quality of care families expect is not always met. In such cases, much like the following, it is important for families to take legal action against those who are liable for compromising the well being of their loved ones, as this process helps to prevent future similar incidents of injury and wrongful… Read More


Nursing Home Companies Accused of Negligence and Abuse Hide Behind Mandatory Arbitration

Posted by Reese M. Stidham on 29 Jun, 2009

Nursing homes in South Carolina and elsewhere are increasing their use of mandatory arbitration in nursing home contracts to protect them in negligence and abuse cases. These clauses force the injured and their families to take their case to an arbitrator even when a loved one is seriously injured or dies. Nursing home corporations that slip arbitration clauses into the fine print of admission agreements frequently fail to explain the clauses and force their elderly residents to sign in order to be admitted into the facility. The decision to place a family member in a nursing facility is a difficult… Read More