Myrtle Beach Nursing Home Abuse Attorney
When you place a loved one in the care of a nursing home facility, we understand it’s not a decision you make lightly. Nonetheless, you should expect that your loved one is treated with dignity and a high standard of care.
Unfortunately, our Myrtle Beach nursing home abuse attorneys in Myrtle Beach SC know that all too often, nursing home residents are abused or receive negligent care. If you have a loved one that you suspect is a victim of abuse or neglect in a nursing home, we’re here to help.
Signs of Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect
Physical abuse or neglect can cause many short and long-term physical and psychological effects. Understandably, if you suspect your loved one is suffering from nursing home negligence or abuse, you want to get to the bottom of it.
When you entrust their care, you should expect that their medical needs and daily living needs are taken care of. You should expect that they are treated respectfully and kindly.
Unfortunately, nursing home abuse is far too common in the US and even within our own Myrtle Beach and Horry County nursing homes. It’s estimated that more than two million senior citizens nationwide are victims of nursing home abuse, with many of those victims in our own SC nursing homes.
What’s even sadder is that many cases go unreported. This is why if you suspect your loved one is being neglected or abused, it’s important to report it and have it investigated.
There are ways you can determine if your loved one is being mistreated. Let’s look at some of the more common signs of physical abuse within nursing homes:
- Bloody clothing or clothes that are torn
- Broken bones
- Unsanitary living conditions
- Signs of malnourishment or dehydration which might mean your loved one is not being fed properly
- Unexplained cuts and bruises
- Medications not being administered properly or altogether
There are other forms of abuse besides physical abuse. Emotional abuse and sexual abuse are also forms of nursing home abuse. Your loved one may experience yelling and threats and feel afraid to be in the care of the nursing home. They may feel humiliated through verbal abuse.
Nursing home staff also sometimes ignore their residents or isolate them from other residents and activities as a form of punishment. There have also been reported cases of mocking and bullying.
Finally, elderly living in and out of nursing homes often fall victims to financial exploitation. Many caregivers violate their patients’ trust by using their credit cards and checking accounts for their own financial gain. They may also steal money or belongings and steal their patient’s identity to gain credit or other financial windfalls.
Our Myrtle Beach nursing home abuse attorney can help you determine whether or not your loved one is a victim of abuse.
Don’t Delay in Asking for Help
It’s important that if you suspect your loved one is suffering abuse or neglect in a Myrtle Beach or Horry County nursing home, get help immediately. Report the abuse and contact our experienced nursing home abuse attorney today.
Grand Strand Law Group focuses on helping victims of nursing home abuse and negligence throughout Myrtle Beach SC and surrounding areas. We can help you establish whether you have a legal claim and can help get your loved one the help they deserve. Contact us today!