Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
Stop Elder Abuse in South Carolina
At Strom Law Firm, LLC, we’ll help you take action, report elder abuse, and recover damages from injuries or wrongful death.
If you suspect that you or someone you care for is a victim of nursing home abuse, neglect or exploitation do not be afraid to act. Estimates state 700,000 to 3.5 million seniors are abused, neglected or are exploited each year. However, most seniors are afraid to report their experiences themselves and therefore, are not getting out of their abusive situation. *
Without awareness, public education and swift action, these cases will grow as the baby boomer population ages. Let’s put at an end to nursing home abuse, neglect and exploitation. Use the advice on our website to report suspicions of elder abuse to S.C. authorities and educate nursing home residents at long-term care facilities about their rights.
3 Actions to Take Against Nursing Home Abuse
There are many ways in which nursing homes can be held responsible for injuring others as a result of their negligence, abuse, exploitation, false imprisonment, or violations of criminal statutes, as well as violations of regulations pertaining to their licensing, maintenance, and general operation.
An act of abuse, neglect or exploitation of an older person might give rise to one or all of the following types of proceedings:
- an investigation and finding by an adult protective services agency or the regulatory agency for nursing homes (in South Carolina it is the Department of Environmental Control);
- a civil cause of action for damages; and/or
- a criminal prosecution.
These three types of proceedings have different objectives: the objective of a protective services investigation is to provide immediate help and relief to the victim and prevent further harm; the civil action is to seek compensation for damages; and the criminal prosecution is when the state seeks to punish the harmful conduct.
Strom Law’s Elder Abuse Legal Task Force
Founded by former U.S. State Attorney Pete Strom in 1996, the Strom Law Firm has been fighting elder abuse cases for 15 years. The nursing home abuse lawyers at the Strom Law Firm take an aggressive approach to confronting the kind of egregious misconduct found in nursing home abuse and neglect cases. We represent elderly clients and families who have been victims of:
- Physical, emotional, and psychological abuse and neglect
- Medication and prescription errors
- Inappropriate use of physical or chemical restraints
- Bedsores, pressure sores, decubitus ulcers, and infections
- Dehydration and malnutrition
- Falls, dislocations and fractures
- Inadequate staffing, training, and negligent supervision claims
- Financial abuse and exploitation
Our investigators and attorneys will move quickly and discretely to uncover and preserve critical evidence and vigorously pursue the maximum amount of compensation available under applicable laws.
The team @ Strom Law: The team at Strom Law also includes a former Public Defender, and a former Assistant Attorney General and Richland County Assistant Solicitor. It’s awarded the highest Martindale-Hubble ranking and collectively holds more than 50 years of complex litigation experience. Our attorneys will evaluate your case at no charge.
Challenges in Proving Nursing Home Abuse in South Carolina
Nursing home abuse and neglect cases can be difficult to establish because of an widespread tendency by insurance adjusters, physicians, among others, to discount an elderly person’s injuries and the diminished quality of life that results from these damages.
For all of these reasons, it is both an honor and a challenge to represent the elderly in a personal injury litigation.
If your loved one has been injured while under the care of a nursing home, contact the Strom Law Firm, LLC nursing home lawyers today for a free consultation to discuss your best possible course of action. We offer flexible appointment times and will aggressively fight for justice.
* Bonnie and Wallace, ed., 2003. Elder Mistreatment: Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation in an Aging America. Washington, DC: National Research Council Panel to Review Risk and Prevalence of Elder Abuse and Neglect. (TOP)