Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

Arnold Law Firm has made a commitment to representing families and their loved ones against nursing homes who abuse and neglect the elderly. Many of the elderly society, like infants, cannot take care of themselves. Families often times are forced with the difficult decision of placing mom or dad, grandma or papa, or even sometimes a sibling in a nursing home. Families do the best they can in finding the suitable nursing home. Families do research and visit several nursing homes to find the "right place." They finally choose a nursing home which promises around the clock care and a general loving and nurturing environment. The family feels at peace.

Unfortunately, those same families are too often times faced with nursing home abuse and neglect against their loved ones.

Brian "stumbled" into nursing home litigation while practicing law with his brother, Andy. Brian had been practicing employment law but assisted his brother in a nursing home case. It was Brian's first encounter with the cold, hard fact that nursing homes are businesses to make a profit and many times such desire for profits overrides the patients' well being. Thus, after a long, hard-fought litigation and trial in that first case and seeing first hand a jury holding a nursing home accountable for its neglect against a helpless elderly lady, Brian made the decision that he was going to help those families who have loved ones being abused or neglected by nursing homes who are not able to help themselves. It was shortly after that case that Brian co-authored an article entitled "Helping Society's Most Vulnerable: Nursing Home Litigation" published in The South Carolina Lawyer, to help educate other attorneys in South Carolina with the issues involved in nursing home cases.

Since that time, Brian has handled many types of nursing home cases. Generally, a nursing home is under a duty to exercise reasonable care to avoid injury to their patients, and the reasonableness of the care is to be assessed in the light of the patients' physical and mental condition. The nursing home is to protect those who are unable to protect themselves. Because many residents of nursing homes require around the clock skilled care, the duty owed to nursing home residents can be significant.

Unfortunately, too many times, nursing homes breach this overall duty to exercise reasonable care when dealing with the elderly. Nursing home neglect often results in the following common injuries/incidents:

  • Fractures
  • Falls
  • Bed/Pressure Sores
  • Malnutrition and Dehydration
  • Death

Not all nursing homes are bad. Not all nursing homes intentionally injure their patients. But too many of the nursing homes simply are more concerned with revenues than they are with providing the proper and necessary care for its patients. This desire for profit lead many nursing homes to cut staffing levels below acceptable standards and cut necessary training for the staff. These are the types of nursing homes we need to remind, strongly, that the health and well-being of the elderly is priority number one. And when the bottom line to these nursing homes is money, litigation is often the only thing that will get their attention.

Hopefully you never encounter this type of situation. But in the event you do, you want an attorney who has the experience, drive, and knowledge to assist you.

If your loved one has been abused, neglected or injured while in the care of a nursing home, pleaseĀ feel free to contact Arnold Law Firm by email or by phone at 864.242.2427 for a free and confidential consultation. When you leave Arnold Law Firm, you will know your rights and legal options.