Responsibility for Nursing Home Injuries In Spartanburg and Greenville, SC
When a loved one suffers serious injury, illness or death in a nursing home, the family wants to know what happened, including who should be held responsible. However, the family may not know how to begin the inquiry.
Families who need answers should turn to the assistance of an experienced nursing home injury lawyer. Your attorney can review medical records and reports, talk to witnesses and investigate what happened and who should be held responsible.
The team at Harrison, White, Smith & Coggins, P.C., is available to provide this assistance to families dealing with nursing home injuries in Spartanburg, Greenville and elsewhere in Upstate South Carolina. Simply call or contact us online today to begin the process with a free and confidential consultation.
Potential Liable Parties in a Nursing Home Injury Claim
Who is responsible in a case of nursing home abuse or neglect depends on the specific events that caused the harm. In any nursing home injury claim, it is important to look at the participation of each of these parties:
- Individual staff members – Nursing home staff members are responsible for a wide range of “front line” tasks, including feeding residents, administering medication to them and bathing and dressing them. As a result, staff members’ attentive care is vital to the safety and health of patients.
- Registered nurses on staff – Registered nurses who work in nursing homes have education and certification in patient care. Their training makes them better equipped to handle patients’ often complex medical needs. It also places on them a burden of responsibility to note and report potential medical problems.
- Administrators – Nursing home administrators and managers are responsible for creating and enforcing the policies and procedures used in the nursing home. They are also responsible for performing background checks and ensuring that staff members are trained and competent.
- Owners and operators – When a nursing home is owned by another company or by a national chain, the “head office” may be responsible for creating the policies that administrators must enforce and that staff must follow. If these policies and procedures result in harm, the owner, operator or national chain may be at fault.
Investigating a Nursing Home Injury
Determining who is responsible for a nursing home injury can be a complicated task, but it is not impossible. Steps that your attorney may take to determine who is responsible if your loved one was injured include:
- Reviewing records, logs, security camera footage and other information from the nursing home
- Interviewing witnesses with information about the event or process that caused the harm as well as witnesses with knowledge of the nursing home’s standard procedures and safeguards
- Obtaining and reviewing reports from police, state inspectors or other authorities who have investigated the incident
- Identifying the owners or operators of the nursing home by obtaining and searching through business records.
Contact a Spartanburg Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Lawyer
Keeping such a large case organized can be a difficult task, especially if you are struggling to find appropriate care for your loved one or you are grieving a loved one’s untimely loss.
However, when you contact an experienced nursing home injury attorney, you take the first step toward holding the right parties accountable for the harm your loved one has suffered. Do not wait to get help: Contact the team at Harrison, White, Smith & Coggins, P.C., today to discuss your case.