About Nursing Home Malpractice
The decision to place a loved one in a nursing home is made after careful consideration and discussions within a family. Selecting the right nursing home is composed of thorough research and on-site visits. When a loved one is placed in their new “home,” it should provide peace of mind for a family following a life-changing milestone.
Our Attorneys Are At Your Side
Signs of nursing home abuse or neglect require an immediate telephone call to an experienced trial lawyer possessing the compassion, skill and resources needed to rectify the situation. At Furr & Henshaw, we hold nursing home facilities accountable when a lack of quality care and proper staffing results in injuries due to:
- Nursing home falls: Residents already facing physical challenges due to illness or advanced age are susceptible to falls out of their beds or during moves to the bathroom. The job of nursing home staff is to ensure a high level of care and focus on safety – specifically, a room close to the nurse’s station with call buttons and alarms.
- Medication errors: Proper dosage of medication is paramount to the health and well-being of a nursing home resident. The wrong prescription drugs or an overdose can lead to serious, life-threatening injuries. When staff fails to attend to all details related to the care of their patients, we pursue justice on behalf of our clients.
- Negligent hiring of staff: South Carolina has strict regulations when it comes to staff-to-patient ratios in nursing homes. Nursing home employees become overworked when they have to go above and beyond their normal responsibilities. Being stretched to their limits has negative impacts on vulnerable residents. This can commonly lead to neglect and injuries such as bedsores.
- Inadequate training of staff: Non-licensed employees in particular require not only careful screening and thorough background checks, but also thorough training. Taking shortcuts in an effort to meet staffing requirements does a great disservice to residents. Quality of care is sacrificed, creating a dangerous environment.
- Wandering and elopement: Nursing home residents suffering from dementia are prone to leaving their room or the facility. This dangerous tendency must be identified immediately, and extra supervision is required to prevent serious and possibly fatal injuries to a patient.
Questions You May Have After Your Loved One’s Injury In A Nursing Home
At Furr & Henshaw, we listen carefully and take our time to respond thoughtfully to clients’ concerns about painful experiences that they or their family members have had in long-term care facilities. Your case is unique, but the following questions and answers may provide a starting place for your conversation with a lawyer.
My loved one’s doctor said one thing, the head nurse said another and the nursing home’s caregivers apparently did not follow through on any orders. Then an injury occurred. What can we do?
If your spouse, parent or another close family member suffered harm in a nursing home, rehabilitation facility or assisted living facility, you naturally want to get to the bottom of what happened. Beware: The staff may try to hide the truth. It is important to ask an attorney to look for evidence of abuse, neglect or malpractice.
Our family member in a nursing home has red marks on their arm or bruises on their body. The nursing staff says these are normal. Should we be concerned?
Yes, it is right to ask questions when you see potential signs of injuries. If the nursing staff is evasive when you ask about skin tears or unexplained dark spots, there may be a coverup. Ask an attorney for guidance and help to investigate possible wrongdoing.
Our mother, father or another loved one broke a hip or shoulder in a fall at a care facility. The staff seems to blame our loved one for not complying with the facility’s procedures. Is this fair?
You entrusted the nursing home or long-term care facility with your loved one’s safety and well-being. A trustworthy organization in charge of vulnerable elders should be transparent rather than blame an injury on a resident without looking closely at the facts. Trust your instincts and ask an attorney how to determine what happened and who is responsible.
Contact Us Today To Schedule A Free Consultation
Contact us to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys. At our firm, we have more than 40 years of experience pursuing compensation in nursing home malpractice cases. From our office in Myrtle Beach, we serve clients throughout South Carolina.