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South Carolina Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer

If You Have Concerns About Nursing Home Abuse, You Should Seek Help Right Away 

If you or your loved one have been injured or abused in a nursing home in South Carolina, call Luke today at (843) 379-3285 for a free consultation. We will fight for your justice!

No one should bear the consequences of abuse or neglect in a nursing home. Abuse and neglect are never okay, and they are never justified. If you or a loved one has been victimized in a nursing home in Beaufort County, Jasper County, Colleton County, or Hampton County, you should speak with a South Carolina nursing home abuse lawyer as soon as possible. 

Common Forms of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

Nursing homes are supposed to be safe places where aging residents can get the care and support they need to live comfortably. Yet, the statistics show that nursing home abuse and neglect are far too common. An alarming number of nursing home residents fall victim to abuse and neglect—and, understandably, many of these victims are unsure of what they can (and should) do to help themselves. 

If you or a loved one has been victimized, or if you have concerns about possible neglect or abuse, South Carolina nursing home abuse attorney Luke Paulick can explain everything you need to know. He is a passionate advocate for victims, and he can help you or your loved one step-by-step through the recovery process. Luke assists residents and families in cases involving all forms of nursing home abuse and neglect, including common forms such as:

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  • Physical abuse and torment (i.e., hitting, slapping, tripping, or pushing)
  • Sexual abuse and assault (i.e., unwanted sexual contact or non-consensual sexual intercourse) 
  • Psychological abuse and torment (i.e., verbal assaults, deprivation, isolation, and abandonment) 
  • Financial abuse (i.e., overcharging, double-billing, stealing checks or cash, or using a resident’s credit card)
  • Resident neglect (i.e., failing to provide meals or medications, failing to reposition immobile residents, or failing to provide assistance with hygiene or restroom use)

While these are some of the most common forms of abuse and neglect in South Carolina nursing homes, abuse and neglect can take many other forms as well. If you have any concerns for any reason, we strongly encourage you to get in touch. 

Common Signs of Neglect and Abuse 

In many cases, there will be no question that a nursing home resident has suffered neglect or abuse. But, in others, residents won’t be sure, and their family members may struggle to understand what they have been forced to endure. To contact us, you do not have to be sure that you or your loved one has experienced neglect or abuse. We’re here to help no matter what. 

When should you talk to a nursing home abuse lawyer? The following are some common signs (among many others) of nursing home neglect and abuse: 

  • Bed sores
  • Emotional withdrawal
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Fear of care providers or nursing home staff
  • Nursing home staff attempting to prevent contact with friends or family
  • Poor hygiene 
  • Signs of physical or sexual trauma 
  • Unexplained charges or expenses 
  • Unexplained mood or behavioral changes 
  • Unexplained weight loss 

Be aware`, these are just examples. Once again, if you have even the slightest concern, we encourage you to contact us so that we can help you understand your (or your loved one’s) situation and make informed decisions about your next steps. 

How Luke Can Help 

Luke Paulick is an experienced South Carolina nursing home abuse attorney who has helped many individuals and families in situations just like yours. When you contact us for help, Luke will: 

  • Listen to What You Have to Say – Luke will listen to everything you have to say so that he can learn about your (or your loved one’s) situation. 
  • Explain Your Legal Rights and Options – Luke will explain how South Carolina law protects nursing home residents and what options are available to you under the circumstances at hand. 
  • Answer Your Questions – Luke will answer all of your questions about how to handle your situation, what to do, what not to do, and how to make the right decisions for yourself and your family. 
  • Give You Personal Advice – Luke will give you legal advice that is custom-tailored to your unique personal circumstances. 
  • Take Action as Warranted – If you decide that action is warranted, Luke will take any and all necessary action on your behalf. 

FAQs: Holding South Carolina Nursing Homes Accountable for Neglect and Abuse  

How Do You Report Nursing Home Neglect or Abuse in South Carolina? 

Residents and family members can report nursing home neglect and abuse to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC). But, unfortunately, this is unlikely to result in any immediate remedies to the situation at hand. Reporting neglect or abuse to the SCDHEC also does not provide access to compensation for the financial and non-financial costs of neglect or abuse. As a result, we strongly recommend speaking with a nursing home abuse lawyer. At Paulick Law, we can determine the best approach for protecting you or your loved one, and we will do so at no out-of-pocket cost to you and your family. 

What Types of Evidence Would You Report in a Case of Nursing Home Abuse? 

The types of evidence that are available to prove nursing home abuse depend on the nature of the abuse and the specific circumstances involved. While you should try to keep anything that you think might be relevant, the most important thing is that you speak with an attorney as soon as possible. If you decide to hire an attorney to take action on your behalf, your attorney can gather the evidence needed to prove what happened and hold your (or your loved one’s) nursing home accountable. 

What Compensation is Available to Nursing Home Abuse Victims in South Carolina?

In cases of nursing home abuse, residents who have been victimized are entitled to compensation for all of the costs they incur. This includes not only financial costs such as medical expenses and unauthorized charges, but also non-financial costs such as psychological trauma and emotional distress. If you have a case against a South Carolina nursing home, Luke can determine how much compensation is justified in light of the circumstances at hand, and then you can use this to make informed decisions about your next steps. 

Speak with South Carolina Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Luke Paulick in Confidence 

If you need to know more about taking action in response to abuse or neglect in a South Carolina nursing home, we’re here to help. Call 843-379-3285 or contact us online to arrange a free consultation today.