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 suffer harm directly related to a negative nursing home encounter, whether it is due to negligence, or abuse, exacerbating an existing health condition, or placing them in direct danger, a skilled nursing home lawyer can help.

Types of nursing home abuse.

 Bodily Injury – Physical abuse reveals itself through unexplained bruises or injuries, signs of restraint, malnutrition, or sudden weight loss, and constant staff presence during visitation with family, or loved ones.

 Neglect – Physical neglect is a type of abuse that may, or may not be intentional, sometimes resulting from shortages of staff, or supplies. Cleanliness, availability of food, clothing and surrounding sanitary environments that diminish human dignity are signs to look for and overlap with physical abuse of malnutrition and dehydration.

 Emotional Abuse is noted by different resident actions such as agitation, nervousness, fear, or sadness. Acts of emotional abuse can be intentional, but they can also be unintentional when the abuser is overly stressed and unknowingly lashing out, or harming the elderly person. Emotional abuse can be both verbal and nonverbal in nature.

  • Verbal abuse is characterized by verbal harassment, yelling, or emotional manipulation that the abuser inflicts on the elderly. In nursing homes, abusive caregivers must be reported immediately.
  • Non-verbal abuse can make elderly patients feel isolated, helpless, and afraid. The repetitive nature of this type of abuse can cause serious psychological and emotional damage to a nursing home resident.

Exploitation Abuse occurs when someone improperly, or illegally uses or steals a resident’s funds, assets, or property.

Sexual Abuse may be recognized through the occurrence of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs); difficulty walking, sitting, or pelvic pain; bruises, irritation, bleeding, or pain on inner thighs and genital areas; bloody, torn, or stained clothing; agitation and social withdrawal;  and PTSD symptoms, along with attempts at suicide.

South Carolina Department of Aging. 

The South Carolina Department on Aging  may be able to answer questions from residents, or families who believe their loved ones are being abused at a skilled care facility by calling 1-800-868-9095 for assistance.  It would also be wise to consult with an experienced nursing home abuse attorney to start an investigation.

Seek legal counsel.

Contact an experienced attorney at the McDougall Law Firm if you, or a loved one suffered injury, or any type of abuse because of negative nursing home practices, inadequate precautions, neglect, or forced treatment modalities.


McDougall Law Firm, LLC

115 Lady’s Island Commons
Beaufort, SC 29907

Phone: 843.379.7000







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