Nursing Home Faces Multiple Civil Lawsuits

August 6, 2019

A nursing home in Summerville, South Carolina is facing multiple civil lawsuits and numerous DHEC violations, alleging that residents have suffered and even died from poor care

Lawsuit Alleges Nursing Home Resident Suffered Until She Died 

One of the lawsuits that was recently filed against Oakbrook Health and Rehabilitation Center alleges that a female resident wasn’t properly cared for during her time in the facility which lasted from 2012 to 2017. 

Her loved ones claim that those in charge of her care failed to properly monitor her vital signs and that when she began to decline, doctors were not informed. Ultimately any care she did receive was too late. 

The second lawsuit is also filed by the family of a former resident who alleges that the nursing home staff administered the incorrect medication which caused her to overdose. According to the legal paperwork, the patient was given five medications, Morphine, Amitrityline, Gabapentin, Ropinirole and Zoloft. These medications were actually meant for another patient. The nurse in charge was not notified of the incident until nine hours later when she was finally taken to the hospital to be treated for an overdose. 

A month later the same patient fell while in the bathroom due to lack of supervision.

DHEC Investigates Nursing Home

The Department of Health and Environmental Control was alerted to possible issues with medications at the nursing home facility. Their team investigated and reported that there were more than 2,000 documents showing proof of the late administration of medication and late charting of those medications. Now the facility is facing numerous violations. 

Those involved in the ongoing legal actions are hoping that their lawsuits and the DHEC investigation will raise awareness about the dangers that nursing home residents face on a regular basis. 

Nursing Home Neglect And Abuse Is A Real Problem Faced By Thousands

Every year, thousands of nursing home residents suffer at the hands of abusers. Even in facilities where the staff care and want to do their best work, understaffing results in poor care and neglect. 

Due to the fact that many elderly and ill nursing home residents are unable to speak up and report the abuse or neglect, it’s important for their loved ones to recognize the potential symptoms, which may include: 

  • Severe Bruising 
  • Broken Bones 
  • Infections 
  • Bed Sores 
  • Malnutrition 
  • Dehydration 
  • Sudden Fear/Anxiety Of A Person Or Place

If you suspect that your loved one is not receiving the care that they need and that they pay for, contact an experienced attorney as quickly as possible. 

Why Should I Consider Hiring An Attorney? 

Nursing home management and staff frequently do everything they can to cover up any instances of abuse or neglect. Medical records will become “lost” and other evidence destroyed. An experienced attorney knows how to prevent this from happening and knows how to find the evidence that is needed to prove that compensation is owed. 

At PA Nursing Home Lawyers, our legal team focuses completely on helping the victims of neglect and abuse. Our goal is to ensure that the maximum compensation possible is obtained for our clients so that they can move forward and create a brighter future, one without ongoing physical and emotional trauma. 

We offer free consultations to those who suspect their loved one is being hurt. During that consultation, we will review your case and let you know all legal options that are open to you. Then, we begin the process of guiding you through the legal phases, step by step. You can rest easy knowing that if there are any changes in your case, you will receive an immediate update. 

Our lawyers have experience handling the careful negotiation of a settlement as well as going to trial. We will fight aggressively on your behalf. 

Call us now to learn more.

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