Recovering Damages for Victims of Elder Abuse & Neglect in South Carolina
We frequently receive calls asking what type of compensation a victim of a nursing home or patient care facility employee may receive.
Damages Allowed in South Carolina Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Cases
Under South Carolina law, the following types of damages may be compensable:
- Necessary and reasonable medical expenses;
- Anticipated future expenses;
- Harm from conditions caused by prolonged immobilization;
- Pain and suffering
- Mental suffering;
- Harm from loss of sleep;
- Past and future impairment of the ability to enjoy life;
- Shortened Life Expectancy; and
- Punitive Damages.
Punitive Damages: Damages that are common in other personal injury cases, such as lost earning capacity, future pain and suffering, and future medical expenses, may not be as significant for older victims in nursing home neglect cases. Depending upon the facts of your South Carolina nursing home abuse case, you may be able to assert a claim for punitive damages. Punitive damages may be awarded in cases where it is shown that a nursing home engaged in malicious or reckless conduct.
Awards against nursing homes are comprised for the most part of punitive damages. Damages for mental anguish, pain and suffering experienced by the injured person, medical expenses, and the loss of affection and companionship by the surviving spouse or children may also be awarded.
If your loved one has been injured while under the care of a nursing home, contact the Strom Law Firm, LLC nursing home lawyers today for a free consultation to discuss your best possible course of action. We offer flexible appointment times and will aggressively fight for justice.