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Nursing homes should be a place in which elderly individuals are able to receive the care and treatment they need in order to live happily and comfortably. Unfortunately, in far too many cases, nursing home abuse or neglect is a serious threat to the health and well-being of elderly individuals who live in these types of facilities. Our clients choose us because we fight aggressively on behalf of injured elders and their families.

Nursing home abuse can take many different forms, but in all circumstances, those who cause abuse to occur need to be held accountable for violating their residents’ rights. If your loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse in Charleston, the attorneys at the Steinberg Law Firm know just how hard it can be to come to terms with what has happened, and we work tirelessly on behalf of our clients to pursue justice and bring an end to abuse in these unimaginable situations.

Common Nursing Home Abuse Injuries and Symptoms

The most common types of injuries and symptoms experienced by victims of physical and sexual abuse in nursing homes include the following:

  • Broken, fractured, or dislocated bones
  • Suspicious bruises, scars, or welts, especially those that appear on both sides of the body.
  • Broken eyeglasses or other personal belongings
  • Drug overdoses or refusal to take medication
  • Rope marks on wrists suggestive of restraint

Physical abuse is never acceptable, and if a caregiver ever denies your request to spend time alone with your loved one, you should suspect abuse. They may be trying to hide something.

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Regardless of the form it may take, nursing home abuse and negligence needs to be treated as the serious problem it is. At the Steinberg Law Firm, our nursing home abuse attorneys are prepared to help clients in cases involving:

  • Physical Abuse
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Theft or Fraud

These and other types of abuse cannot and should not be tolerated under any circumstances, and by taking legal action, you can take an important step in helping to end abuse and neglect in nursing home facilities.

How Nursing Homes Are Responsible and Accountable

South Carolina has established a residents’ bill of rights for patients of nursing homes, which protects those in long term care. Nursing home administrators and staff should be fully aware of the responsibility they have to care for your loved one. Specifically, the bill of rights requires that long term care facilities:

Provide adequate quality of life for residents.

Provide residents proper services and activities.

Allow residents and their advocates to participate in administration.

Afford ombudsmen sufficient access to nursing home programs.

Nursing home caretakers have a responsibility to treat elderly residents with care and understanding. That means no unnecessary physical restraint, no shaking, no squeezing or pinching, and no harm.

What is Emotional Abuse?

Emotional or psychological abuse is generally defined as acting in a way that causes emotional pain and suffering to a nursing home patient. When your loved ones suffer emotional abuse from the doctors or staff at a nursing home, they can feel afraid, sad or anxious.

Some examples of emotional or psychological abuse:

  • Intimidating a patient
  • Threatening a patient with violence
  • Shouting at a patient
  • Causing a patient to feel emotional anguish
  • Insulting or ridiculing a patient
  • Isolating a patient from family or fellow residents
  • Ignoring a patient’s needs
  • Threatening to withhold medication, food, or other necessities

When confronted with evidence of emotional abuse, a staff member might try to explain his or her actions by saying that such behavior is necessary to keep the patient calm, or even that the patient cannot be hurt because they don’t know what is going on. Do not accept these excuses. Emotional abuse is never necessary and can cause real physical and emotional suffering.

Signs of Emotional Abuse

Nursing home abuse is surprisingly prevalent. Residents have limited contact with the outside world, and staff at a nursing home have a great deal of power over the residents. This gives them plenty of opportunity to take advantage of their power, and it’s up to you to spot the signs before it’s too late.

Your loved one may be exhibiting signs of emotional or psychological abuse if they are:

  • Acting depressed or withdrawn
  • Refusing to talk or interact
  • Appearing easily agitated, with sudden move swings
  • Looking excessively afraid of you, attendants, others
  • Exhibiting unusual and compulsive behaviors
  • Failing to eat or sleep regularly
  • Refusing to take medications
  • Losing weight

If you notice a few of these signs, you should contact a lawyer as soon as possible. You may also wish to remove your loved one or family member from the nursing home and report the abuse to the proper authorities.

Examples of Theft & Fraud

The opportunities for theft or fraud to violate the nursing home patients’ bill of rights are numerous. Employees of nursing homes, other patients, or the nursing home itself may all engage in theft or fraud by:

  • Personally taking money paid to the nursing home for patient care
  • Overcharging
  • Stealing personal items from residents
  • Extorting residents for money or assets
  • Forging documentation
  • Bank account fraud
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