Nursing Home Abuse

Charleston Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys

Is your loved one the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect? If so, our attorneys at Crantford Meehan are here to help. The heartbreaking reality is that nursing home abuse and neglect is becoming more common, and your loved one is more susceptible to abuse when they are on their own in a facility than when they are surrounded by their family. 

Whether you suspect that your loved one has been abused by a fellow elder or neglected by a nursing home staff member, our attorneys can help you and your family recover the damages you are entitled to.

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Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

There are many signs that your loved one may be suffering from abuse or neglect. It’s important to always be on the lookout for these signs because often, the abuser may be bullying them into silence or threatening them with violence if they speak out. Some of the tell-tale signs of abuse include:

  • Bed sores
  • Dehydration
  • Malnutrition
  • Physical injuries such as scars and bruises
  • Slip-and-fall accidents
  • Wandering from the nursing home
  • Sudden, unanticipated death

What Are The Causes of Nursing Home Abuse?

Nursing Home Staffing shortages

One of the causes of nursing home abuse occurs when a nursing experiences staffing shortages. When this happens, not enough workers are available to service the workload and as a result, staffers take shortcuts, forget to perform crucial tasks while in a rush, mistakes are made and the overall standard of care begins to drop.

Lack of staff training and experience

When a nursing home is fully-staffed but that staff is inexperienced, several mistakes can take place as a result. What makes it worse is that these staffers may not even know the mistakes they could be making because of the lack of knowledge.

Underpaid staff

One of the reasons to be wary of an underpaid staff member is that those staffers may not feel motivated to provide the highest standard of care. As a result, corners are cut, tasks are ignored, and work can be done carelessly.

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A history of success in Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Cases

At Crantford Meehan, we have extensive experience handling cases of nursing home abuse and neglect in Charleston. Our experienced attorneys can help you detect signs of abuse and will work hard to ensure that your loved one receives the compensation that they deserve for any abuse or neglect that they have suffered at the hands of those who were charged with their care. 

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The attorneys at Crantford Meehan have been fighting for victims of nursing home abuse and neglect in Charleston for years. We understand how upsetting it can be to learn that your loved one may be a victim of abuse or neglect.  Consulting with an attorney is imperative if you want to build a successful case and get the compensation that your loved one deserves. Contact us today at 843-376-4030 to schedule a free consultation. 

What to do if your loved one Is being abused or neglected

What to do if your loved one Is being abused or neglected

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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Nursing home abuse cases are our specialty, and as a result, we’ve heard many questions from concerned family members over the years. We’ve answered some of those we hear most often below.

  • Bed Sores
  • Dehydration
  • Malnutrition
  • Physical Injuries Such As Scars And Bruises
  • Wandering From The Nursing Home
  • Slip-And-Fall Accidents
  • Sudden, Unanticipated Death
  • Mismanaging a patient’s medication
  • Physically abusing patients
  • Sexual abuse and rape
  • Failing to turn residents in beds, which can result in bed sores
  • Theft of personal property
  • Neglecting to provide patients with enough food and water
  • Failing to prevent slip-and-fall injuries
  • Neglecting to assist patients in getting to the bathroom
  • Staff members retaliating against patients for complaining

Determining who is at-fault parties in nursing home abuse cases is complicated because nursing homes tend to have such a large staff, and negligence can be both intentional and unintentional. Both individuals and companies can be held liable.

If you suspect that your loved one is being neglected or abused in a Charleston nursing home, then you should get a lawyer involved right away. An experienced and knowledgeable attorney can help you investigate the allegations of abuse, determine their validity, and help you identify your legal options. 

Our lawyers at Crantford Meehan work on a “contingency-fee” basis. If your attorney wins your case in court, they will collect a percentage of the total compensation you are awarded. If we don’t get compensation for you, you owe us nothing.

In the state of South Carolina, you have three years to file a lawsuit for nursing home abuse and neglect. 

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