Nursing Home Negligence
The elderly are particularly susceptible to injury not only because of their advanced age, but also often due to mental issues such as dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Sometimes the resident is unable to recall or recount the details of their mistreatment.
Often times a nursing home may provide insufficient care in order to maximize profits.
There are standards which must be adhered to by both skilled nursing homes and residential care facilities licensed in South Carolina and when those standards are ignored or only loosely adhered to, the possibility of injury or death is greatly increased.
Examples of things to look for if you suspect that your loved one may be a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect are:
- Poor personal hygiene
- Unsanitary living conditions
- Disheveled appearance
- Malnutrition or dehydration
- Loss or lack of mobility in a short time frame
- Unexplained marks, bruises or injuries on the body, especially under clothing
- Bed sores or “pressure ulcers”
- Psychological issues, drastic emotional changes or oddly withdrawn behavior
If you suspect that a loved one may have experienced any neglect or abuse while their care has been entrusted to a nursing home, call Mason Law Firm for a free consultation. Our legal team will investigate and gather evidence to determine whether abuse or neglect has occurred.