Columbia Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer

 

When you chose a nursing home or assisted living facility for your loved one, you had every right to expect that it would provide your loved one with the care and attention that he or she deserves. Unfortunately, you may now realize that the facility has failed to meet your reasonable expectations. You may have reason to believe that your loved has suffered harm through abuse or neglect. You should seek legal help without delay.

Joye Law Firm can provide the guidance and representation that you need during this difficult time. Our attorneys have more than 150 years of combined legal experience and a dedication to protecting the rights of nursing home abuse victims and their families throughout South Carolina.

We care about our clients, and it shows. To learn more about how we can help you, contact us today through our Columbia office. We will review your case in a free consultation.

 

Concerned daughter holds mothers hand concerned to symbolize nursing home abuse or neglect
free consultation

Types of Abuse and Neglect in Columbia Nursing Homes

Most nursing homes in Columbia provide a safe, clean and caring environment for residents, many of whom are elderly and/or suffer from a physical or mental disability. However, not all facilities meet the standard of care that residents deserve. They may also intentionally harm residents. Some common types of mistreatment that occur in nursing homes are:

  • Physical abuse – The deliberate use of force on a resident, including hitting, slapping, pinching and the use of physical and/or chemical restraints. Bruises, cuts, burns, fractures and marks around the wrists and ankles could indicate that your loved one has suffered physical abuse.
  • Emotional abuse – The use of verbal and non-verbal means to inflict emotional distress on a resident. Humiliating, taunting or intimidating a resident are examples of verbal use. Ignoring or isolating a resident are examples of non-verbal use. If your loved one shows sudden changes in behavior such as anxiety, depression or withdrawal from social interaction, it may indicate that he or she has suffered emotional abuse.
  • Sexual abuse – Engaging in non-consensual sexual acts with a resident, forcing a resident to watch sexual acts or pornography or harming a resident through other coercive sexual behavior. Signs of sexual abuse include bruises around the breasts and genitals, vaginal or anal bleeding and the development of a sexually transmitted disease.
  • Financial abuse – Stealing a resident’s checks, credit cards or personal belongings are examples of financial abuse. The abuse may also take the form of identity theft, improper withdrawal of funds from an account, tricking a resident into investing in a fraudulent charity or company or using undue influence to create or change a will.
  • Neglect – Failing to meet a resident’s basic dietary, shelter, medical and personal hygiene needs. Signs of neglect include dirty clothes and bedding, dehydration, malnutrition and the development of pressure sores (or “bed sores”). Additionally, if your loved one suffered a fall, it may indicate neglect.

Steps You Can Take If You Suspect Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect

If you have reason to believe that your loved one has suffered abuse or neglect in a Columbia nursing home or anywhere in South Carolina, you can take immediate steps to protect your loved one. Those steps include:

  • Call 911 – If you believe that your loved one faces an imminent threat of harm, you should contact a local law enforcement agency without delay. In an emergency, calling 911 will always be your best option.
  • Notify the facility – You should notify the facility’s administrator about your concerns. The facility may have a formal complaint process that you can follow. In response to your report, the facility may conduct an internal investigation and take corrective action. However, if the facility ignores your complaint or fails to remedy the issue to your satisfaction, you should take additional action.
  • Report the abuse or neglect to state officials. The South Carolina Long Term Care Ombudsman Program investigates complaints of abuse or neglect in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. You can call (800) 868-9095 to get contact information for the ombudsman that serves the Columbia area. You can also contact the South Carolina Department of Social Services (DSS) office in Richland County through its 24-hour hotline at (803) 714-7444.

TESTIMONIALS

5 star rating
From the first day I walked in there, I felt like I was in the right place. They really cared about me, and I won't forget that.

-- A. Gordan, Actual Client

See More Testimonials

RECENT BLOG

  • Joye Law Firm Sponsors the See Spot Run 5K in Columbia

    Joye Law Firm is proud to have been the Start/Finish sponsor of the 2019 See Spot Run 5K Run-Walk in Columbia on Saturday, May 4, 2019. The family and pet-friendly event is a fundraiser to support the work of the… read more

    Continue Reading
  • How to Stay Safe When Using an Uber or Lyft Rideshare

    woman hailing an uber in Columbia, SC

    The abduction and murder of a USC student in Columbia raises awareness of the importance of taking safety precautions when using ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft. Joye Law Firm, like others across Columbia and the nation, offers heartfelt… read more

    Continue Reading
  • “I Have Full Coverage.” Do You Now?

    two men observing car accident

    Written by: Ken Harrell For any lawyer who helps people who have been injured in a car accident, one of the first orders of business is finding out how much insurance coverage is available for the client’s claim.  The first… read more

    Continue Reading
  • How Uninsured Motorist Coverage Works in South Carolina

    Air Bag deployed

    According to the Insurance Information Institute, 9.4% of South Carolina’s drivers are uninsured. That means that almost one of every 10 cars beside you on your work commute is likely uninsured. As alarming as that may seem, it pales in… read more

    Continue Reading
  • What Happens with My Workers’ Comp If I Quit My Job?

    Worker pulling a pallet behind him.

    Wondering what will happen if you quit your job while you have a workers’ compensation claim in South Carolina? The short answer to the question should be nothing. Your current employment status should have nothing to do with whether you are entitled… read more

    Continue Reading
  • What Are the Most Dangerous Intersections in Columbia?

    Driving in Columbia can be dangerous. How dangerous it can be may depend on which intersections you drive through in the city. Statistics show that you face a higher likelihood of getting into a car accident at certain intersections than… read more

    Continue Reading
  • Columbia Dog Bite Attorney

    The dog is man’s best friend, but sometimes, dogs turn vicious. Around 885,000 people are bitten by dogs every year, over half of whom are children. Dog owners have the responsibility to make sure that their animals do not injure… read more

    Continue Reading
  • 8 Steps to Take after a Dog Bite

    Dogs can be furry, cute and loyal companions. But dogs also bite about 4.5 million Americans each year, many of them young children. Dog bites can cause serious injuries, especially if the bite is near the face or neck. If… read more

    Continue Reading

How Can a Nursing Home Abuse Attorney Help You in Columbia?

If you believe that your loved one has suffered abuse or neglect in a Columbia nursing home, the most important step you can take is to get help from an experienced and compassionate attorney at Joye Law Firm. When you work with us, we will use our skills and resources to protect your loved one’s health and safety, legal rights and financial interests. Some of the specific services that we can provide include:

  • Intervening immediately to remove your loved one from a dangerous situation
  • Serving as a liaison between your family and the police or other agency that is investigating the suspected abuse or neglect of your loved one
  • Preserving, gathering and analyzing evidence of abuse or neglect in an independent investigation
  • Consulting with medical experts, including experts with a background in nursing home care

Preparing your case for a settlement demand and, if necessary, taking your case to trial if that is what it takes to pursue just compensation.

In a nursing home abuse lawsuit, you or your loved one may be entitled to compensation that includes:

  • Relocation costs
  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Wrongful death
  • Punitive damages (if the case involves especially egregious misconduct).

We will pay close attention to your loved one’s needs and your family’s goals throughout your case. We will charge no legal fees unless we secure compensation for you or your loved one through a settlement or verdict.

Our Columbia Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Are Ready to Serve You

For more than 50 years, the attorneys of Joye Law Firm have protected the rights of personal injury victims and their families in South Carolina, including those whose lives have been affected by nursing home abuse and neglect. We will treat you with the respect, compassion and care that you deserve during this difficult time. For a free consultation, call our Columbia office or reach us online today.

Partners

  • Mark Joye
    Mark Joye

    Mark Joye

  • Ken Harrell

Attorneys

  • Joye Law Firm Lawyer Sydney Lynn
    Joye Law Firm Lawyer Sydney Lynn

    Sydney Lynn

  • Ramie
    Ramie

    Ramie Shalabi

CASE STUDIES

$17 Million Verdict

Family Killed in 18‐Wheeler Accident on I‐95

Case Number: 4:15‐cv‐02480‐BHH, Attorneys Mark C. Joye and Mark J. Bringardner A jury in the United States District Court, Charleston Divisio...

Read More

$500,000

Marine killed in a Car Crash Caused by an 18-Wheeler

Every day the brave men and woman of the American Armed Forces put their lives on the line to protect our freedom.  So, you’d never expect to lose ...

Read More

Workers’ Compensation and Disability Benefits

Worker Injured While Using Heavy Machinery

Having been an exemplary employee, Forrest thought he’d get the medical treatment he needed after being hurt on the job.  But when the workers’ c...

Read More

trust is important to us

Contact Image

we want to hear about your case