If your loved one was subjected to nursing home abuse, a Columbia nursing home abuse lawyer at our firm can help you seek the monetary compensation you need and deserve.
Monetary compensation (also called damages) cannot fully make up for what you and your family have gone through. However, it can help ensure that you have the funds to properly care for your loved one in the aftermath of the abuse.
We Can Pursue Damages After Nursing Home Abuse
Anastopoulo Law Firm wants to do everything possible to help your family recover appropriate compensation for the harm your loved one suffered. One client, Nikki B., praised us for our willingness to “go above and beyond to help” our clients. Among the tasks we can complete for you are:
- An independent investigation: We can request important documents or footage, speak to potential witnesses, and so on.
- Calculation of damages: How much does a fair settlement look like in your case? Our team can work with you to determine an exact figure.
- Administrative tasks: This may include notifying the liable party about the lawsuit, filing paperwork with the appropriate courts, and preparing the paperwork for a settlement agreement.
- Negotiations with the insurance company: We are not afraid to meet with the insurer face to face and pressure them to offer your family what you deserve.
- Preparations for and representation at trial: In some cases, the insurance company will refuse to pay fairly, no matter what. If that happens to you, we are willing and able to represent you in the courtroom.
S.C. Ann. § 15-3-530 gives nursing home abuse victims three years from the date of the abuse to file a lawsuit. The sooner you can tell us about your loved one’s experience, the more time we may have to identify the liable parties and build the strongest possible case against them. Any delay could put your right to damages at risk.
To make our legal services more accessible to those who need us most, Anastopoulo Law Firm will:
- Evaluate each case at no cost: Members of our team are standing by all day, every day, to speak with potential clients.
- Charge no attorney’s fees until the end: If we cannot get compensation for you, then you do not have to pay us a penny in attorney’s fees.
- Support each client in every way we can: Do you need us to spend more time going over a particular concept? Do you want to know about each important development as it happens? We can do all of that and more.
If you have any questions before or after hiring our firm, we encourage you to come to us. Our team is always happy to reassure our clients, answer questions, and help them make the best possible decisions for themselves and their loved ones.
Nursing Home Abuse May Entitle You to Damages
There are two types of compensation available to nursing home abuse victims: economic damages and non-economic damages. Depending on the specifics of your case, you may qualify for one or both of these.
Damages for the Financial Consequences of abuse
Economic damages include whatever money your family lost due to the abuse. For example, you could seek reimbursement for:
- Medical expenses, if the abuse caused injuries that required professional attention
- The cost of relocating your loved one to a new nursing home
- Any funds that your loved one lost through financial abuse or exploitation
- The cost of any other product or service that you would not have required if the abuse had not happened
Compensation for the Intangible Consequences of Abuse
Non-economic damages refer to the physical and psychological harm that the abuse caused. Examples include:
- General pain and suffering caused by the abuse
- Physical or intellectual disabilities
- Worsening of preexisting conditions
- Scars or disfigurement
- Trauma or mental illness
When Nursing Home Abuse Leads to Wrongful Death
If your loved one did not survive their abuse injuries, you may file a wrongful death suit and seek compensation for the following economic and non-economic damages:
- The grief and trauma associated with losing a loved one in such a tragic, preventable way
- The cost of burying your loved one or settling their debts and estate
- The loss of your loved one’s presence and all of the affection, advice, and support they used to give you
Anastopoulo Law Firm represents both personal injury and wrongful death cases. Among other things, a lawyer from our Columbia office can review your nursing home abuse case and help you identify each and every type of damage that you qualify to collect. This way, you do not leave any money on the table.
What is Nursing Home Abuse?
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) states that “abuse” includes the following categories:
- Physical abuse: Someone has hit, pushed, or otherwise sought to cause physical harm to the victim.
- Psychological abuse: This may involve insulting or name-calling, gaslighting, or other behaviors designed to upset and belittle.
- Sexual abuse: Someone has touched the victim inappropriately or forced them to engage in unwanted sexual behavior.
- Financial abuse: Someone has exploited or extorted money from the victim or tricked them into paying for things they do not want or know about.
- Neglect: The nursing home did not provide the victim with basic necessities, such as adequate food, shelter, or medical care.
If you know or suspect that your loved one has suffered from any behavior that falls into one of these categories, it is best to get help as quickly as possible. Proving that abuse took place may require careful investigation of the nursing home. We can seek corroborating evidence from:
- Any previous complaints filed against the nursing home
- Medical records
- Photographs or video footage
- Police reports, if the authorities were ever called in
Anastopoulo Law Firm can advise you about your options and provide the discreet, compassionate care your family needs.
We Represent Nursing Home Abuse Victims
Anastopoulo Law Firm understands that nursing home abuse cases can be especially difficult to cope with. Let us assign a lawyer from our firm to take the legal burden off your shoulders. Call today at (800) 777-7777 and get a free case review from a member of our team. They will tell you if and how our firm can help with your Columbia case.