If you’ve reached the point where you believe that action is needed to correct elder abuse, contact George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers. We are proud to serve the West Columbia, South Carolina area. Our nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers serving West Columbia, SC will be happy to discuss your legal options with you. Our initial consultation is always free.
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Defining Types of Home Neglect and Abuse
The decision to finally seek assistance for your loved one is not an easy one, and it arrives with careful consideration and concern. The caring staff at our firm understands and appreciates what your loved one means to you, and that’s why we remain focused on correcting issues of nursing home neglect and abuse.
The following list of definitions is a sampling of ways in which abuse and negligence can manifest:
- Physical abuse: Applying unnecessary physical force on an elder, which may include shaking, grabbing, slapping, or pinching in addition to applying inappropriate means of restraint
- Sexual abuse: Includes the physical force of penetration or touching, but may also encompass forcing a senior to undress or watch others in a sexual act
- Psychological or emotional abuse: Intimidating or humiliating the elder patient either verbally or nonverbally, and may include insults or social isolation
- Financial abuse or exploitation: Taking another’s property without authorization; this could include physical items, cash, or assets
- Neglect: Not attending to the senior’s basic needs of nourishment, hygiene, shelter, clothing, safety, or medication
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Recognizing Signs and Symptoms of Neglect and Abuse
The moment you notice or sense that your loved one isn’t receiving the care he deserves is the time to begin documenting each incident. Some instances may appear inconsequential, but that’s often how abuse and neglect starts.
- Physical abuse: Personality change without explanation; dislocations; broken bones; bruises; cuts; restraint marks on ankles or wrists
- Sexual abuse: Bruising specifically on genitals, breasts, or thighs; blood on undergarments; unexplained STDs or infections
- Emotional abuse: Apprehension or fear; unexplained depression; sudden withdrawal; rocking back and forth
- Financial abuse: Missing items and cash; unauthorized bank account deductions; unexplained name transfer on legal documents
- Neglect: Sudden dehydration or weight loss; bed sores; poor hygiene; dirty bedding or clothing
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Steps to Take When You Suspect Abuse or Neglect
Whether you believe your elder is in immediate danger, or you’ve recognized signs that he’s the victim of abuse or neglect, take action as soon as possible to correct the situation and remove your loved one from an unhealthy or dangerous environment.
In an Emergency
If the senior is in imminent need of assistance, do not hesitate to call 911. Emergency responders are prepared to efficiently and quickly stabilize the elder and prepare them for transport to a hospital.
In a Non-Emergency
Even when the situation is not an emergency, you still need to take the steps necessary to remove your senior from an unhealthy and potentially dangerous environment.
- Try to verify your suspicions with your loved one or other coherent patients to verify details about the event(s)
- Photograph injuries or items that indicate neglect
- Organize all relevant documents
- Send a formal written letter via certified post to the nursing home administrator
- File a complaint with South Carolina Adult Protective Services in Lexington County at 1-803-785-7333
- Contact your local law enforcement
- Call the offices of George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers to speak with a nursing home abuse and neglect lawyer in West Columbia, SC
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George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers Is Here for You
Do not hesitate to contact a nursing home abuse and neglect lawyer serving West Columbia, SC, at George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers when you suspect nursing home neglect or abuse. Our offices serve the West Columbia, South Carolina, area, and our initial consultation is free.
Whether you would prefer to meet with us at one of our offices or at your home, we are available to listen to your unique situation. If a loved one passed away due to nursing home abuse and neglect, you may be eligible to recover a payout through a wrongful death action. Our lawyers’ goal is to assist you in determining the best legal options and outcome.
A lawyer offers confidence and commitment to aggressively pursuing the maximum compensation available for our clients. While our strong history of recovery is evidence of successful achievement, it does not guarantee the outcome of your case. Our personal injury lawyers speak for your loved one and defend them against those who seek to abuse or take advantage.
No amount of money can bring them back or reverse the suffering. Financial recovery from those legally liable does, however, help to repair the damage that’s been done.
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