When people place their loved ones in nursing homes, they do so with the
expectation that the elderly person will be properly cared for and treated
well. Unfortunately this is not always the case. Whether through malicious
physical abuse, theft, or neglect, many elderly people suffer every year
at the hands of nursing home staff. If you believe that someone you love
may be the victim of elder abuse, take the following steps and call our
firm at (864) 408-8890.
Verify Their Story
Prior to contacting authorities and attorneys, you should try to verify
any claims which your loved one makes. While you may not suspect them
of lying, they may not be expressing themselves in the most clear or coherent
way. If you aren’t able to confirm whether or not elder abuse is
occurring, always err on the side of caution. It’s better to report
the potential abuse now than to have your loved one suffer later.
Call Law Enforcement
If you suspect that your loved one is in immediate danger, call the authorities
immediately. Your top priority should be the safety of the elderly person,
and law enforcement is best equipped to deal with an immediate threat.
If you believe that there is the potential for abuse, you should also
consider moving your loved one to a different facility.
File a Complaint with Adult Protective Services
Just as with other states, South Carolina takes elder abuse very seriously.
If you suspect elder abuse, it’s important to contact Adult Protective
Services immediately. APS can investigate your report of elder abuse,
and can also provide your loved one with protective services and proper
Contact an Attorney
If your loved one suffered abuse while residing in a nursing home, or if
they were neglected by nursing home staff, you may have a legal claim
against the facility. It is crucial to retain an attorney as early in
the process as possible, as they can work to gather evidence and build
a strong case on behalf of your loved one. A successful claim against
a nursing home can help you recover money to take care of your family
member, and it can also send a strong message to the facility that such
abuse will not be accepted.
At Christian & Davis LLC, our Greenville elder abuse attorneys are
driven by a desire to help injury victims. Since 1975, our legal team
has proudly stood for the rights of elders and their families, and we
have received numerous awards for our high-standard of legal representation.
Don’t hesitate to pursue justice on behalf of your loved one. Call
our firm today at (864) 408-8890.