Patients' Rights

Nursing Home Residents’ Bill of Rights

The helplessness and isolation experienced by many nursing home residents make them an easy target for nursing home abuse. As the nursing home industry grows more competitive and firms cut corners in order to reduce costs, the chance that your family members may be harmed by the negligence or malice of a nursing home employee become greater.

Fortunately, you can respond to abuse with legal action. South Carolina guarantees a basic level of rights and protection to every nursing home resident, and if your family member’s rights have been violated, you can secure compensation for them with the help of the lawyers at Steinberg Law Firm. Call 843-720-2800 to get a free case review.

When you send a family member to a nursing home, one of the benefits is that you gain peace of mind knowing they are being cared for by conscientious professionals. These rights ensure that, should your family member ever face abusive behavior from the nursing home, you will be able to seek restitution on their behalf.

The goals of South Carolina’s Long-Term Care Resident Rights are:

  • To ensure adequate quality of life for residents of long-term care.
  • To provide residents with proper services and activities.
  • To require that facilities allow residents and their advocates to participate in administration.
  • To give ombudsmen sufficient access to nursing home programs.

In order to meet these goals, South Carolina’s resident rights guarantee nursing home residents (or their legal representatives) a great degree of control in the services they are allowed to receive and the choices they are allowed to have.

It’s important to educate yourself on the rights you and your family members in a nursing home are entitled to. Each of these rights, as set down in South Carolina Law, comes with a number of  detailed clarifications that a lawyer can explain to you.

Residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, or their legal representatives, have the following rights:

  • The right to self-determination in details of their care.
  • The right to privacy and personal choice in all aspects of their residency.
  • The right to be free of all physical abuse an unnecessary restraint.
  • The right to information regarding the facilities and services.
  • The right to receive visitors.
  • The right to remain in the facility under normal conditions.
  • The right to receive notification in advance of being discharged.
  • The right to protect their personal funds.

Personal Injury Lawyers Representing Charleston & nearby areas of South Carolina

If you feel that any of these rights may have been violated or are still being violated by a nursing home, you need to get help from an experienced nursing home abuse lawyer. The attorneys at Steinberg Law Firm are well-qualified to handle your case, and bring a friendly, personal touch to the attorney-client relationship.

With Steinberg Law Firm on your side, you will get a team of professionals who will handle your case carefully and professionally, ensuring you are able to get the compensation your family members or loved ones deserve when their rights are violated by unscrupulous nursing home companies. To schedule a free case review with our Charleston attorneys, contact us at 843-720-2800.

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