COMPASSIONATE LEGAL GUIDANCE FOR VICTIMS AND THEIR FAMILIES IN NORTH & SOUTH CAROLINA
For many of us, there will come a time when we or our loved ones may need care in a long-term nursing facility. We need to be able to trust that the doctors and staff will treat our family member with respect and dignity and that every patient receives excellent medical care. At Yelverton Litigators, our nursing home neglect attorneys in South Carolina and North Carolina are passionate about protecting the rights of those who have suffered neglect or abuse in a nursing home. We feel strongly about fighting for the rights of innocent people harmed while being cared for in a facility that holds itself out as an expert in providing medical care to elderly patients. These are some of the most vulnerable members of society, and they deserve to be treated with the utmost dignity and respect.
UNDERSTANDING THE WARNING SIGNS OF NEGLECT AND ABUSE
If your loved one is being abused or neglected, he or she may feel too ashamed or frightened to tell you. Lots of times, the victim has been threatened with harm, such as the threat or physical violence or with constant bullying behavior, and it may convince the victim to stay quiet. It is up to you, your family and anyone you trust to be on the lookout for the warning signs of neglect and abuse:
Wandering from the facility
Physical scars, bruises or lacerations caused by another patient
HANDLING COMPLEX NURSING HOME ABUSE CASES IN SOUTH CAROLINA
If a family member has been abused in a nursing home and you wish to pursue a lawsuit, there are important steps that we must take in order to bring a case. When clients hire Yelverton Litigators, we initiate a thorough investigation that includes the following steps:
We submit Freedom of Information requests on the nursing home to determine if it was involved in any other cases involving neglect or abuse.
We consult experts to evaluate nursing home records to determine if nursing home staff altered or falsified information.
We track down witnesses, including current and former staff.
We evaluate nurses’ notes and time cards and check them against when injuries or incidents of abuse happened.
Nursing homes are licensed by the state and must adhere to state and federal regulations in offering care for their patients. Additionally, routine inspections and record keeping are required in order to ensure they maintain an appropriate and adequate level of care. The nursing home abuse attorneys at Yelverton Litigators, will initiate an investigation involving nursing home abuse and neglect. Our office requests records, staffing information, available video footage and documentation regarding the care and health of a neglected or abused patient. We expose abuse, identify neglect and demand compensation for our clients. We fight to honor the patients that we represent.