Charleston Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Attorneys
The elderly population represents one of the most vulnerable classes of society, a fact that makes any violation of their rights inexcusable. Abuse or neglect at an independent living facility, assisted living facility, or nursing home can result in physical or emotional trauma to the elderly person and a loss of trust by the family. These facilities are governed by detailed laws and regulations designed to protect the elderly. When elder care facilities fail to follow these rules, serious consequences can result. If your family member has suffered abuse or neglect at an independent living facility, assisted living facility, or nursing home, you should speak with one of our attorneys about the options available to you.
Our Aging Population
The 2010 census noted that people age 65 and older now account for 13% of the U.S. population at approximately 40 million people. This number is expected to rise dramatically over the next 25 years due to the aging of the “baby boomer” generation. Population forecasts show the number of people age 65 or older will double to 80 million by the year 2040.
Elder mistreatment, i.e. abuse and neglect, is typically defined as intentional actions that cause harm or create a serious risk of harm (whether or not harm is intended) to a vulnerable elder by a caregiver or other person who stands in a trust relationship to the elder. This includes failure by a caregiver to satisfy the elder’s basic needs or to protect the elder from harm. The elderly are often reluctant to report abuse themselves because of fear of retaliation, lack of physical and/or cognitive ability to report, or because they don’t want to get the abuser in trouble.
Signs of Elder Abuse
Elder abuse can take many forms, including financial exploitation, physical abuse, neglect by the caregiver, or even emotional abuse. Warning signs of financial exploitation include a lack of affordable comforts in the elder’s home, uncharacteristically excessive gifts to caregivers, and unexpected property transfers. Warning signs of physical abuse include unexplained injuries, such as bruises, sores, burns, cuts and broken bones. Warning signs of neglect include a lack of basic hygiene, lack of food, and lack of medicine or medical aids. Warning signs of emotional abuse include unexplained or uncharacteristic changes in behavior, isolation by the caregiver, and verbally aggressive or demeaning actions or remarks by the caregiver.
Effects of Abuse and Neglect
Abuse and neglect can lead to a variety of results for the victims and their families. The physical effects are obvious and must be taken seriously given the age and physical infirmities of many elderly people. Abuse and neglect can also lead to mental and emotional issues, ranging from post traumatic stress disorder to anxiety to depression. Appropriate evaluation and treatment by mental health professionals is often required. Abuse and neglect can also have disastrous financial consequences for the elderly.
Consult with Abuse and Neglect Attorney in Charleston
If you or a loved one has suffered abuse or neglect at an independent living facility, assisted living facility, or nursing home, you should speak with one of our attorneys about the civil remedies available to you. To speak with an attorney at Clawson and Staubes, LLC: Injury Group about the specifics of your claim directly, please call our offices today at (843) 720-0810.The inclusion of specific practice areas on the Clawson & Staubes: Injury Group website is informational in nature and is not an exhaustive listing of the areas of law in which the attorneys at Clawson and Staubes practice. Nothing contained in this website is intended to compare the type or quality of our services to the type or quality of any other lawyer or law firm’s services or to imply specialization or certification by any organization not previously approved by the South Carolina or North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization.