The Administration for Community Living (ACT) has designated May as Older Americans Month. Its purpose is to pay tribute to our elders and raise awareness of the issues they face in society today. At McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, we recognize the importance of treating our elders with respect, and remind everyone of the dangers they face in cases of nursing home abuse.
As a South Carolina law firm that has handled its share of elder abuse and nursing home abuse cases, we are all too aware of the ways older Americans can be mistreated when they are no longer able to protect themselves. Too often the people we rely on to keep our loved ones safe can misuse that trust to nefarious ends. It is up to us to recognize the signs and follow up on our suspicions.
Signs that an elderly parent or grandparent may be suffering from abuse or neglect include:
- Bed sores on their body
- Bruises or other injuries the staff cannot account for
- Hygiene neglect
- Changes in behavior
- Sudden weight loss
- Frequent infections
- Living environment that is unclean or unsafe
If you have a family member or loved one living in a nursing home, and any of these signs show up, you can report the abuse by calling the Long Term Car Ombudsman’s office at (800) 868-9095. To protect your interests and pursue legal action against the nursing home, however, you will need to hire a lawyer.
With our experience in elder abuse cases, the lawyers at McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates have what it takes to pursue legal action against large businesses with deep pockets. With our help, you may be able to recover enough damages from the nursing home to pay for the recovery and continued care of your loved one. To schedule a free case evaluation at any of our South Carolina law offices, call (888) 353-5513 today.