Once you or someone you love has gone to live in a nursing home, the nursing home has certain responsibilities. Unfortunately, neglect is common in a nursing home environment — and it can have devastating results. A victim of nursing home neglect could experience serious injuries or even die due to the neglect. Victims and their families have the right to hold a nursing home accountable when this occurs. En Español.
A Charleston nursing home abuse lawyer at Howell & Christmas can help you to understand your rights when nursing home neglect occurs. Our injury lawyers are passionate about fighting for the rights of vulnerable seniors and we will work hard to get victims and their loved ones full and fair compensation for economic and non-financial damage. Call now to schedule a free evaluation of your neglect case and to get answers to important questions including:
- What are the consequences of nursing home neglect?
- Who can be held responsible for nursing home neglect?
- How can a Charleston nursing home neglect lawyer help me?
Consequences of Neglect
When a senior isn’t properly cared for in a nursing home, many things can go wrong. Neglect can result in:
- Sexual assault by other residents
- Bedsores or pressure sores
- Poor hygiene
Anytime a senior suffers harm because of improper supervision, inadequate care, or unsafe conditions in a nursing home, the senior could suffer lasting harm or even lose his life.
Unfortunately, under-staffing, lack of training, low wages and a host of other problems mean that neglect is far more common than most people want to believe. Those who are victimized by neglect need to take action not only to be compensated for damages, but also to deter nursing homes from harming other residents through neglectful treatment. A Charleston nursing home abuse lawyer can help.
Filing a Claim
When staff members fail to provide acceptable care to vulnerable nursing home residents, the nursing home that employs these workers can be held accountable for damages due to neglect.
- A nursing home owner or operator can be held responsible because staff members are considered agents acting on the home’s behalf.
- Nursing homes with substandard or inadequate hiring and patient protection policies can also be held responsible.
When neglect occurs, an experienced Charleston nursing home abuse lawyer can carefully review the circumstances of what occurred and can provide guidance and insight into all parties who may be to blame.
Consulting With a Nursing Home Lawyer
At Howell & Christmas, we’ll assist you in identifying who is responsible for neglect and we’ll help you to get compensation for losses from the negligent parties. We will work to negotiate an out-of-court settlement or to prevail in a civil case for personal injury or wrongful death. We have decades of collective experience representing victims of nursing home neglect in Charleston and surrounding areas and we are passionate about fighting for vulnerable seniors.
Give our Charleston nursing home abuse lawyers a call now to learn more about the legal services we can offer.