Common Signs of Elder Abuse

Serving Columbia, Myrtle Beach, Kingstree, & Throughout South Carolina

If you've noticed certain changes in your loved one or observed physical signs of elder abuse, you should contact our attorneys as soon as possible by calling (803) 828-6100. Your loved one has certain rights that should not be violated by nursing homes, in-home care providers, an assisted living facility, or by other entities and individuals. If their rights have been violated or if they have been abused, you and your elder deserve the chance to hold the responsible party accountable and to be compensated.

Physical Signs of Potential Abuse

Any physical injury or trauma could potentially be a sign that your elder is being abused. Common signs include:

  • Bedsores
  • Bruises
  • Cuts
  • Burns
  • Infections
  • Broken bones

Of course, these symptoms and injuries do have other possible explanations. Particularly if your loved one is frail, weak or otherwise health-compromised, it's entirely possible to suffer such injuries without abuse. But if you have any suspicion that someone is behind these injuries, you have a right to have your questions answered. Our experienced attorneys can point you in the direction of the resources you need in order to decide what to do next.

Emotional, Mental and Social Signs of Potential Elder Abuse

Nursing home abuse and neglect doesn't always cause physical symptoms. Instead, your loved one may display one or more of the following signs or symptoms:

  • Depression
  • Social withdrawal
  • Moodiness or irritability
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sleeplessness

Your loved one may not be the victim of physical badgering, but instead verbal intimidation, financial exploitation or neglect of basic needs. In such situations, you may notice one or more of the issues listed above.

Our experienced attorneys in South Carolina are ready to stand at your side during this difficult time. It's important to remember that your loved one's facility is accountable to you and their residents, not the other way around.

For a free consultation with our experienced attorneys serving Myrtle Beach, Columbia and Kingstree, please call Whetstone Perkins & Fulda at (803) 828-6100.