Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect
At Cantwell Law Firm we recognize the importance of the decision in selecting a healthcare facility and the trust that you've bestowed upon that facility to take care of your loved one.
Federal law requires long term care facilities to properly care for its residents and to provide an environment that promotes maintenance or enhancement of life of each resident. An emphasis is placed on dignity, choice, and self-determination for nursing facility residents. The law requires each long term care facility to provide services and activities that will result in or maintain the highest level of practical physical, mental and psychosocial well-being of each patient.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of improper care in a nursing home or healthcare facility, contact us today to evaluate your case.
- Physical and Sexual Abuse
- Bed Sores
- Personal Injuries
If you suspect elder neglect or abuse, it's important to take action as soon as possible to protect the elderly person. Here are the steps you should take:
Document your suspicions: Write down any observations or concerns you have about the elderly person's condition or behavior. Note any physical injuries, signs of malnutrition, or changes in mood or behavior. Take photos if possible.
Report the abuse or neglect: Report your suspicions to the appropriate authorities. Depending on where you live, this may be your local Adult Protective Services agency, law enforcement, or a state elder abuse hotline. You can also report to the National Center on Elder Abuse. They can investigate and take action to protect the elderly person.
Support the elderly person: If the elderly person is a family member or friend, offer emotional support and assistance in finding appropriate care. Encourage them to seek medical attention if necessary.
Consult with an attorney: If you believe the abuse or neglect is the result of a care facility or nursing home's negligence, you may want to consult with an attorney who specializes in elder abuse cases. They can help you navigate the legal process and advocate for the elderly person's rights.
Remember that reporting elder abuse or neglect is not only the right thing to do, it's also required by law in most jurisdictions. By taking action, you can help protect the elderly person and prevent further abuse or neglect from occurring.
CASE RESULTS *
Confidential Settlement in a Nursing Home Sexual Abuse Matter
Our client was a resident of nursing home and was sexually abused by a worker of the nursing home facility. This horrible incident was resolved in a mediation prior to filing a lawsuit.
$1,000,000 Settlement in a Nursing Home Negligence Case in
Georgetown County, SC
Our client, who was confined to a wheelchair, was not secured with a lap belt by nursing home employees and fell out of the chair, resulting in a severe neck injury that required surgery and extensive rehabilitation. We demanded arbitration pursuant to the agreement with the nursing home and immediately noticed 30(b)(6) depositions of various corporate representatives, wherein numerous breaches of the standard of care were established. We then sent a policy limits time demand and quickly secured all available insurance coverage.
$500,000 Settlement in a Nursing Home Negligence Case – SC
Our elderly client developed a reddened area on her stomach and was transported to the ER. The client required surgery to debride the area and was diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis. The client died after a two week stay in the hospital. We filed suit and alleged that the facility breached the standard of care for monitoring our client’s condition, failing to note relevant changes in her condition, and failing to take appropriate action in response to changes in her condition. The case was resolved after written discovery and prior to depositions being taken.
* Disclaimer - Prior case results are for information purposes only and do not guarantee that similar results can be achieved in a case. Each case must be evaluated on its own facts and circumstances.