Category Archives: Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

Father Sues Group Home Over Fatal Hit-and-Run Accident

The distraught father of a 22-year-old autistic man is suing a Charleston group home after his son was killed in a hit-and-run accident. According to reports, the man had attempted to wander off several times before, but the group home had never increased his supervision. The man might have been confused, because he usually spent the weekend with his father, but the trip had been canceled after his father fell ill. A passing driver discovered the man, clad only in a t-shirt and underwear, critically injured on the side of the road. He was transported to the hospital, but eventually died from his injuries. Police later arrested a 19-year-old Hollywood man, and charged him with leaving the scene of an accident causing personal injury and death. The father has filed a civil suit against the teen driver, accusing him of drinking before the fatal crash. Sources close to the case…
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Coach Jim Carlen’s Family Suing Hospice for Medical Malpractice

The family of late University of South Carolina football coach Jim Carlen is suing the hospice that provided the final stages of his care, claiming that their actions “hastened” his death. According to legal papers filed with the Richland County Courthouse, 79-year-old Carlen was already suffering from Alzheimer’s, but was still getting around with the help of a walker and interacting with family when enrolled at Tidewater Hospice. He was moved to the hospice to give his wife a “respite” from caring for him as his needs increased. On July 17, 2012, Carlen was taken off of his prescribed diabetes and blood pressure medication and switched to Klonopin, a muscle relaxant and sedative, and morphine, a powerful painkiller. Instead of being prescribed on an as-needed basis, the new medications were prescribed in lieu of all other medication. I Need An Experienced Medical Malpractice Lawyer in South Carolina Coach Carlen’s family…
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Can SC Nursing Homes Adapt To Growing Elderly Populations?

Nursing homes and law makers will need to prepare for the coming “Gray Tsunami,” according to South Carolina Lt. Governor Glenn McConnell. In a joint session of the state legislature, McConnell explained that the population of South Carolinians over the age of 60 is expected to double in the next 15 years. Nursing homes will soon become overcrowded breeding grounds for abuse and neglect if lawmakers do not prepare appropriately. According to McConnell, nursing home care costs $52,000 per senior citizen, which is paid by Medicaid. In the past two years alone, the budget for the Office on Aging has grown from $1.6 to $6.5 million. Clearly, drastic measures need to be taken to ensure that our state’s elderly population is properly taken care of. Almost half of South Carolina’s nursing home population has been a victim of abuse and 95 percent have been or have witnessed neglect.  Furthermore, one-third…
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