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Nursing Home Abuse

Our elderly loved ones deserve to live in a safe, comfortable environment where they are well cared for and treated with courtesy and respect. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. According to the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), in a single recent year, Ombudsman programs received 14,258 complaints involving gross neglect, abuse, or exploitation in nursing homes and long-term care facilities.

If your loved one has been the victim of elder abuse or neglect in a nursing home, contact our attorneys today.  We can help hold the facility accountable for their actions and secure compensation on your behalf.

Why Choose Us for Your Lawyer?

Our personal injury attorneys at The Melonakos Law Firm, LLC in Greenville, South Carolina provide compassionate counsel and dedicated advocacy for victims of nursing home abuse. Because we handle personal injury matters exclusively, we have in-depth knowledge of the laws and issues affecting your recovery. We keep our caseload small, so we can provide the personal attention and resources your case requires.

Types of Nursing Home Abuse

Nursing home abuse occurs in several different forms. It may be:

  • Physical abuse: This occurs when nursing home staff physically harm residents. It may be hitting, slapping, shaking, kicking, or other forms of physical force.
  • Emotional abuse: Nursing home residents are vulnerable to emotional mistreatment by the staff. This can occur in the form of criticism, taunts, name-calling, or belittlement.
  • Sexual abuse: Outrageous as it may seem, sexual abuse can occur in nursing homes. People who engage in this type of conduct tend to target more vulnerable residents who are least likely to report the abuse.
  • Financial exploitation: Nursing home residents may fall victim to financial fraud. When this occurs, they can have their identity stolen or lose significant amounts of money.
  • Neglect: When nursing home staff neglect a resident or provide substandard care, it can cause significant harm. Staff may fail to provide for residents’ basic needs, such as food and water, or neglect their personal hygiene, medical care, or emotional needs.

Who Is Liable for Nursing Home Abuse?

Nursing homes owe a strict duty of care to residents. These facilities may be held liable for nursing home abuse and injuries if there was:

  • Negligent hiring or training of staff
  • Failure to properly monitor staff
  • Intentional abuse of residents by staff members
  • Failure to provide food, water, and necessities of living
  • Medical neglect
  • Failure to provide adequate security
  • Failure to protect residents from health and safety hazards
  • Imposition of unreasonable or dangerous physical restraints

In some cases, third parties may be responsible for nursing home injuries. Examples include a wheelchair that was improperly designed or manufactured, or malfunctioning nursing home equipment that was improperly maintained by an outside contractor.

Why Do You Need a Lawyer?

Nursing home abuse claims are complex cases involving state and federal regulations and medical issues. You will need to prove that the injuries suffered by your loved one were caused by negligence or intentional abusive acts. Our experienced nursing home abuse attorneys can help you pursue damages that may include:

  • Medical expenses related to the abuse
  • Costs of relocating a resident
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish and emotional distress
  • Wrongful death

Contact Us Today

At The Melonakos Law Firm, LLC in Greenville, South Carolina, we understand how important family is.  Our attorneys are dedicated to securing justice for your loved one and helping prevent elder abuse and neglect from happening again. Our trial lawyers have extensive experience and are not afraid to fight for your rights in court if necessary. We have recovered more than $25 million for our clients. Get in touch with us as soon as possible if your loved one has been a victim of nursing home abuse.

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