South Carolina – October 24, 2020

Nursing home neglect.

Nursing home neglect occurs frequently, even in some of the best rated nursing homes in South Carolina and attorneys at McDougall Law Firm may be instrumental in addressing concerns of neglect, or abuse.  Families and individuals who are looking for options to move into long term care facilities and nursing homes should take neglect seriously because sometimes it can mean the difference between health and loss of life.

Lapses in daily care and social engagement could be an early sign of neglect in most cases.  A common concern is emotional neglect occurring when residents feel lonely, ignored, or patronized by workers.  It is the responsibility of the nursing home administration and staff to make certain that a caring environment is provided for residents, free from abuse. Speak to nursing home legal counsel, if a loved one has had personality changes reflecting anxiety, or depression. They may be able to provide talking points for an open discussion with residents about the daily routine at the nursing home facility to ascertain if administration and staff are following the South Carolina Resident Bill of Rights, to identify a possible cause for any negative changes.  Depending upon the outcome of that conversation, it may be time to consult with a competent South Carolina attorney who is knowledgeable about elder law protections.

Medical neglect.

Medical neglect is also a common in nursing homes in South Carolina.  This may occur through mistakes, or detrimental deviations in medication administration, wound care, or prevention of bed sores, attending to common illnesses, and providing medical care as instructed by a patient’s doctor.  If a nursing home, or long term care facility fails to provide the services outlined in the resident bill of rights, a skilled nursing home attorney.

Common signs of neglect include:

  • a hazardous environment,
  • bruises, or cuts on resident,
  • the appearance of, or worsening of skin breakdown, or bedsores,
  • disheveled appearance, dirty clothing, or foul smelling living spaces when the assistance of a resident’s activities-of-daily-living is not being provided,
  • negative, or patronizing interaction of staff and residents.

Duty of care.

Nursing home residents are owed a legal duty of care, as outlined in federal and state laws.  Consultation with an experienced attorney about individual nursing home resident cases is advised to determine the duty owed, and the harm encountered, based on any breaches, including neglect.

South Carolina laws.

South Carolina nursing home facilities have standard operating procedures requiring administrative personnel to protect residents.  If residents suffer harm directly related to a negative nursing home encounter that exacerbated an existing health condition, or placed them in danger, a skilled lawyer can identify the appropriate legal cause of action supporting a duty of care outlined in the Resident Bill of Rights set for by the South Carolina Omnibus Adult Protection Act.

 Seek legal counsel.

Contact an experienced attorney at the McDougall Law Firm if you, or a loved one suffered injury, or an untimely fatal outcome caused by unsafe nursing home practices, inadequate precautions, and neglect.

 

McDougall Law Firm, LLC

115 Lady’s Island Commons
Beaufort, SC 29907

Phone: 843.379.7000

 

 

Sources.

 

https://www.scdhec.gov/sites/default/files/Library/Regulations/R.61-17.pdfd

 

https://www.scstatehouse.gov/code/t44c070.php

 

https://www.scstatehouse.gov/code/t43c035.php

 

 

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