They brought us into this world. Their lives became focused around our own and equipping us with the very best tools to build a future and a joy-filled, secure life. That is why, as our parents age and are no longer able to care for themselves safely, it falls particularly hard on our shoulders to bear the responsibility of finding and providing for them suitable care. With the trend toward both women and men working full-time jobs, we trust because we must, that a nursing home will provide diligent and professional care. We hope it is even better care than that which we could provide personally.
When we hear about elderly loved ones being neglected and abused by nursing home personnel, it is heartbreaking and frightening. There are people who will take advantage of the vulnerable position of their elderly charges. Abuse doesn't have to come in the form of direct physical/bodily injury; it can be just as harmful when the abuse comes in the form of negligence. Moreover, negligence comes in many forms as well and can result in misdiagnosis and medical and treatment errors.
Owners of nursing homes and their employees can be found liable through negligence demonstrated as:
- Both hiring and retention of employees
- Individual care given
- Upkeep of the property
- Upkeep of equipment
If your loved one appears to have suffered from a form of abuse at the hands of a nursing home, whether it is from direct bodily harm or negligent practices, you may have a case for compensation and remediation. Contact a South Carolina medical malpractice attorney to find out how his or her firm may be able to help you.