Columbia Nursing Home Abuse Attorney
Our Columbia nursing home abuse attorney in Columbia SC wants an end to abuse of our elders. Our elderly are amongst the most vulnerable members of society. Unfortunately, they’re also among the most abused. Grand Strand Law Group wants to make sure the rights of nursing home residents are protected.
About Nursing Home Abuse
The statistics are frightening. There are more than 1.6 million residents in nursing home facilities within the US today. Among all nursing homes nationwide, 25% have been responsible for causing a resident’s injury or death.
According to the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control, there are almost 200 nursing homes in the state. This means that an average of 50 of those nursing homes has likely been negligent towards their residents.
In fact, the National Center on Elder Abuse reports that 44% of nursing home residents questioned say they’ve been abused while in a facility.
What’s even more alarming is that the statistics only show the neglect and abuse cases that have been reported. The actual number is likely much higher due many not reporting mistreatment. Many are too ill or embarrassed to speak up.
Even more sobering, over 50% of nursing home staff actually admitted to abusing residents within the facility they worked in the past year alone. They cited abuse or mistreatment as mental abuse, neglect, and worse, physical violence. Many admitted to pushing, shoving, or grabbing residents within the home.
It’s clear we have a serious problem within our nursing homes. No one should be abused or neglected, especially our elderly, who are frail and defenseless.
Nursing Home Abuse Signs
Residents of nursing homes are often unable or unwilling to speak up for themselves. Because of this, it’s important that family members observe things closely when you visit. There are telltale signs of abuse. Others are more subtle.
Nursing home abuse signs can include:
- Soiled clothes or bed sheets
- Untreated wounds or bedsores
- Bruises or cuts
- Strong smell of urine or feces
- Signs of poor hygiene
- Signs of malnutrition, such as unintentional weight loss
- Withdrawal from activities or isolation
- Signs of sexual abuse, such as torn, stained or bloody clothes or bedding
- Fear of a certain caregiver
- Uncharacteristic financial transactions or missing money
- Staff prevents you from visiting or won’t leave you alone with your loved one
Contact Grand Strand Law Group to Get Help Today
No one should have to endure abuse. If you have a loved one who’s been a victim of nursing home abuse within the Columbia SC area or if you suspect it, contact our legal team today. Our Grand Strand nursing home abuse attorney can help to evaluate your case and make sure that justice is served.
Federal and state laws are in place to protect your loved one. We understand how to leverage those laws to ensure your loved one’s rights are protected.
We can help to ensure that your loved one is treated with the dignity and respect they deserve while getting the financial compensation to hold the nursing home accountable. Contact our firm today!