Nursing Home Abuse

Beaufort County Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys

Recognizing Signs of Nursing Home Abuse in Beaufort County

Skilled nursing and assisted living facilities are big business in the Low Country. Unfortunately, the quality of care is not always what it should be. Even worse, many people fail to recognize the signs of nursing abuse and neglect or simply assume some injuries & symptoms are normal. Nothing could be further from the truth. 

Don't tolerate negligent nursing care. Strict rules and regulations regarding nursing care must be followed. When nursing facilities take shortcuts, our loved ones suffer. 

Some of the most common signs of nursing abuse and neglect include:

  • Bed sores
  • Unassisted falls
  • Medication errors
  • Malnutrition
  • Dehydration
  • Bed bugs
  • Pneumonia 
  • Infections

Abuse and neglect are not only actionable in civil court but should be reported to state and local authorities who will investigate. Get educated and learn your rights.

Understanding Nursing Home Abuse: Types and Indicators

Nursing home abuse refers to the intentional or negligent actions that harm or endanger residents in long-term care facilities. 

Here are some actions that are considered nursing home abuse:

  • Physical Abuse: This involves any intentional use of force that causes physical harm, such as hitting, pushing, kicking, or restraining a resident.
  • Emotional/Psychological Abuse: This includes actions that inflict emotional pain or distress on residents, such as verbal insults, humiliation, intimidation, or isolation.
  • Sexual Abuse: Involves any non-consensual sexual contact, harassment, or exploitation of a resident.
  • Financial Exploitation: This occurs when someone manipulates or deceives a resident for personal financial gain, such as stealing money, forging signatures, or coercing them to change their will or give away assets.
  • Neglect: Refers to the failure of caregivers to provide necessary care, resulting in harm to residents. This may include withholding food, water, medication, hygiene assistance, or necessary medical attention.
  • Abandonment: When the responsible caregiver intentionally deserts or abandons a resident, leaving them without proper care, supervision, or necessary services.
  • Medication Mismanagement: Involves the improper administration or manipulation of medications, leading to harm or neglecting to provide prescribed medications as needed.
  • Resident-to-Resident Abuse: Instances where one resident mistreats or harms another resident physically, emotionally, or sexually.
  • Unsanitary or Hazardous Living Conditions: Failure to maintain a safe and clean environment for residents, which can lead to injuries, infections, or other health issues.

If your friend or loved one is a victim of nursing abuse and neglect, schedule your free consultation with our Beaufort County attorneys at (843) 920-2844. We're here to help and can meet you wherever you are.

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