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A former employee attempted the assault of a South Carolina nursing home resident.

South Carolina – July 13, 2021 A 37-year-old South Carolina man is accused of exposing himself and attempting to sexually assault a resident at the nursing home where he was working.  South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced…
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Special requirements for feeding dementia patients in South Carolina nursing homes?

South Carolina – July 20, 2021 Dementia is a common problem for elderly and a primary cause for long term care at a skilled nursing facility in South Carolina. It is a federal violation of resident rights to disrespect any South Carolina…
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COVID-19 staff reduction impacts vicarious liability in South Carolina nursing homes.

South Carolina – June 28, 2021 Resident rights. The Nursing Home Reform Act under Title IV of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987 outlines residential rights to protect the over one million elder Americans living in nursing homes…
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If a short-term stay in a South Carolina nursing home ends in a broken hip, is it abuse?

South Carolina – June 28, 2021 Families may become weary when a short term rehabilitation stay in a nursing home results in a broken hip, caused by a slip and fall. According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, screening…
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Can residents correct poor care, or negative treatment in South Carolina nursing homes?

South Carolina – June 14, 2021 There are situations where a nursing home may not be providing the proposed level of care to a resident that was promised upon moving in, and the facilities may fall short of providing services as outlined…
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South Carolina nursing home abuse claims based on ordinary vs. gross negligence.

South Carolina – June 14, 2021 Nursing home residents in South Carolina are afforded certain protections and levels of care in accordance with the Resident’s Bill of Rights, both under Federal and State laws. The Nursing Home Reform Act…
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South Carolina nursing home employee charged for sexual acts on elderly resident.

South Carolina – February 20, 2021 A Sumter County nursing home employee was arrested early Saturday morning for reportedly attempting to engage in a sexual act with a resident. The 36-year-old offender was discovered when another employee…
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Why file a COVID-19 lawsuit against a South Carolina nursing home?

South Carolina - February 16, 2021 Disaster planning should be outlined in every long-term residential care facility as part of their standard operation documents, and should be noted in State inspections, especially for those that participate…
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Can families cite COVID-19 treatment as nursing home negligence in South Carolina?

South Carolina – February 10, 2021 South Carolina continues to be hard hit by the COVID-19 virus, recording an additional 5,000 new cases on Friday.  These new figures shatter the State’s daily record and residents should be reminded…
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What family considerations may reduce the occurrence of nursing home abuse?

South Carolina – February 5, 2021 Resident Bill of Rights. Nursing home residents have rights under federal and state law, and attorneys at McDougall Law Firm can explain the impact of those rights on legal actions necessary for families…
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Who is ultimately responsible for nursing home abuse in South Carolina?

South Carolina – February 5, 2021 Vicarious liability. When abuse or neglect occurs in the nursing home setting, the facility can be held liable if any of the following played a part in causing harm to a resident or patient: negligent…
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How can authorities help with suspected nursing home negligence in South Carolina?

South Carolina – February 4, 2021 Addressing long term resident abuse. Individual circumstances surrounding nursing home abuse, or deviations from residents’ rights under the federal and state laws will have some bearing on the measure…
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A South Carolina family is suing for wrongful death citing poor COVID-19 infection control.   

South Carolina – January 5, 2021 South Carolina law requires notice to medical facilities and employees who are alleged to have conducted medical malpractice before a formal lawsuit is filed in court.  A resident died at a South Carolina…
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What types of damages are available after proven nursing home abuse in South Carolina. 

South Carolina – January 1, 2021 Residential care facilities.   In the United States, assisted care facilities have been created to address the structured care and services to residents that can no longer safely complete the activities…
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What are the most commons signs of nursing home abuse in South Carolina nursing homes?

South Carolina – December 30, 2020 Standard of care. South Carolina nursing home facilities have standard operating procedures in place that reference state statute, requiring administrative personnel to protect residents.  If residents…
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South Carolina nursing home residents’ legal rights regarding COVID 19 vaccination.

South Carolina – December 21, 2020 South Carolina long term care facilities have started administering their residents and staff with the COVID 19 vaccine.  The rollout includes prioritizing long term care facility residents who have been…