Nursing Home Negligence
Nursing homes and elder care facilities are entrusted with an important responsibility. When they fail to live up to the quality of care that elderly people and their loved ones deserve, these facilities can cause serious harm. William J. Tuck is a Florence nursing home negligence lawyer who helps victims seek the compensation that they need after suffering avoidable harm. As an experienced injury attorney, he has represented people in Hartsville, Darlington, and elsewhere in South Carolina for over 15 years. Mr. Tuck takes a personalized approach to each and every case, taking the time to understand each client’s unique needs and circumstances.Bringing a Nursing Home Negligence Claim in South Carolina
The unfortunate truth is that some nursing homes fail to live up to the quality that residents and their families expect. Signs of neglect, like bedsores, untreated wounds and cuts, or dehydration and malnutrition, may tip people off to nursing home negligence in certain situations. In other cases, however, the nursing home’s failings may not become clear until after a resident suffers a serious injury, such as a fall from a bed.
In South Carolina, nursing home abuse and neglect is considered a type of negligence. Nursing home residents are protected by a Bill of Rights, which entitles them to be treated with respect and dignity, to be free of mental or physical abuse or restraint, to be medicated only as prescribed by a doctor, and to generally make their own decisions. In addition, nursing homes and their workers owe a “duty of care” to residents. This means operating their facilities in a reasonably safe manner and keeping the premises free from hazards. It also means providing the type of care that can be reasonably expected from a nursing home.
The state’s Adult Protection Act gives law enforcement officers the authority to investigate reports of abuse and neglect of “vulnerable adults,” like those who may be impaired as a result of aging. The law also allows officers to look into deaths at nursing homes to determine whether they have been caused by abuse or neglect. In addition, the law requires certain health care providers and other professionals to report signs of neglect and abuse, and it obligates nursing homes to turn over certain information related to deaths on the premises. This information can go a long way in building a case for nursing home negligence.Consult an Experienced Nursing Home Negligence Lawyer in the Florence Area
Florence nursing home negligence attorney William J. Tuck is proud to fight for elderly people who have been hurt as a result of someone else’s carelessness or misconduct. Mr. Tuck has a strong history of success for victims in personal injury cases. He takes the time to walk clients through the legal process, and he keeps them fully aware of their rights and responsibilities at each step of the way. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, contact us online or call elder abuse attorney William J. Tuck at 843-393-2201 to arrange a free consultation. We are conveniently located in the historic old Bank of Darlington Building at 54 Public Square in downtown Darlington. Mr. Tuck represents people in many areas of South Carolina, including in Hartsville, Darlington, Marion, Chesterfield, Dillon, Cheraw, Bishopville, Lake City, Myrtle Beach, and Sumter.