According to the World Health Organization (WHO), two in three staff members at nursing home facilities admitted to committing abuse within the last year, which sheds light on how often abuse and neglect occur in elder adult care institutions. People aged 65 and older remain vulnerable to abuse and neglect, especially those with health diseases that affect their memory, such as dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Hammack Law Firm wants to advocate for abuse victims in nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Anderson, South Carolina. If you or a loved one suffered abuse or neglect in one of these institutions, an Anderson nursing home abuse lawyer from our firm can help you fight for compensation. We help victims build strong cases to hold these institutions accountable, and we want to do the same for you.
What Our Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Will Do for You
Building a case against an institution like a nursing home can be intimidating for many people, which is why our nursing home abuse lawyers step in for our clients and build their cases for them. When you decide to work with our firm, we offer these services to you:
- Private investigation: We use our resources to investigate your case and identify who caused the abuse, who may be held liable for the injuries and damages, and what abuse occurred. If we discover more than one party may be responsible, we will advise you to take legal action against each party involved to pursue compensation.
- Evidence retrieval: We will collect as much evidence as possible to support your claim during our investigation. This may involve requesting information from the nursing home, interviewing potential witnesses, recording their testimony, and speaking with law enforcement if an official report exists.
- Legal paperwork: Our legal team will fill out legal documents to prepare your case and submit them within their respective deadlines. Should you decide to file a nursing home abuse lawsuit, we will also identify your case’s deadline and submit your claim to South Carolina’s civil court system for a hearing.
- Legal representation: While many people understand legal representation in a trial case, representation can exist in other ways. One of our nursing home abuse attorneys can represent you whenever inquiring parties reach out for a statement, allowing them to protect you from making any claims that might be used against you. Additionally, if there is an opportunity to negotiate a settlement outside of court, your lawyer can attend these meetings and advocate for you.
- Legal counsel: Throughout your case journey, you may have questions about what decisions you should make, such as whether you should accept a settlement offer or continue with a lawsuit. Our attorneys provide legal counsel to help clients better understand their legal options. We are transparent in the advice we give, and we remain considerate of your concerns like we would for our family or friends.
Our Law Firm’s Reviews Express How We Treat Our Clients
We don’t have to tell you how compassionate or empathetic we are with our clients – we can show you. Read some of our latest Google reviews here:
- “I was in a wreck and hit in the back end, got in with this law firm and it has been a wonderful experience. Dealing with Lynn Dunn and Dawn McGill has been great. They are very nice, professional women that I have enjoyed getting to know. Thank you all for your love and support.” – Renee Sigmon
- “There are not enough words to describe the great experience that I have had dealing with all of the kind people at Hammack Law. Whenever I called or texted, you would think I was their only client. They immediately answered and was always so professional, but yet made me feel like family. Lynn Dunn always made me feel like my problems were her problems and cared about every aspect of things going on in my life. You don’t get that treatment anywhere today.” – Jean Smith
- “I was very pleased with the quality of work and the outcome of my case. I felt they were genuinely wanting to do what was in my best interest. I especially appreciated how well my demand described my case and the hard work that went into it!” – Tara Richter
For a free legal consultation with a nursing home abuse lawyer serving Anderson, call 864-326-3333
Types of Damages Available for Victims of Abuse in Nursing Homes
In elder abuse cases, plaintiffs may qualify to pursue compensation for the following types of damages:
- Pain and suffering
- Current and future medical expenses
- Financial loss, including money lost to theft, identify fraud, and extortion
- Property damage, including the cash value of stolen property
- Permanent disability
- Physical disfigurement, which includes burn marks and scarring
- Psychological trauma and other forms of emotional distress, such as depression or anxiety
- Diminished quality of life
You may also be entitled to other forms of damages not listed here.
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You Have a Limited Amount of Time to File Your Nursing Home Abuse Lawsuit
In South Carolina, all injury cases must abide by their respective statutory deadline. Concerning nursing home abuse cases, the statute of limitations S.C. Ann. § 15-3-530 dictates that plaintiffs generally have three years from the date when the abuse occurred or when it was discovered to file their lawsuits.
What Happens If Your Elder Abuse Lawsuit Is Not Submitted on Time?
If you fail to submit your nursing home abuse lawsuit by its filing deadline, several consequences may occur:
- Your suit may be rejected upon submission.
- Should the defendant discover you filed late, they would have grounds to request dismissal of your case. If granted, they would be absolved of liability.
- If your case gets dismissed by a judge, then you would lose your opportunity to pursue compensation through South Carolina’s civil court system.
We understand how dire it is to submit legal paperwork within their deadlines, so we will take appropriate steps to do this on your behalf.
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Speak to a Nursing Abuse Attorney About Compensation You May be Entitled Today
If you or a loved one was a victim of abuse in a nursing home in Anderson, a nursing home abuse attorney at Hammack Law Firm wants to represent you. Our attorneys can investigate to identify which parties may owe you compensation, then help you build your argument against them.
Call (864) 326-3333 today to receive a free consultation. Our attorneys work on a contingency-fee basis, so you will not have to pay attorney’s fees unless we win your case.