Long term care facilities, elder care facilities, and nursing homes are often wonderful and caring places to place aging parents and grandparents who require constant care. In most facilities, our loved ones are surrounded by nurses, doctors, and other staff members who are trained to care for them and meet their daily living needs.
Unfortunately, some facilities engage in conduct that can only be described as abuse and neglect. Each and every year, many of our most vulnerable senior citizens are abused, neglected and injured in long-term care facilities, nursing homes, or other elder care facilities. Many of these vulnerable adults cannot take care of themselves, verbalize their needs or even feed themselves, and they depend on others to take care of them.
In some facilities, residents are left alone or ignored by those charged to care for them or even abused by staff members. If you suspect that you or someone you love may be a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, please contact Rikard & Protopapas, to review your case.
Also, learn to recognize some of the common signs of nursing home abuse and neglect such as the following:
- Unexplained Injuries or Bruises
- Over or Under Medication
- Visible Cuts, Bruises, or Skin Tears
- Rapid Weight Loss or Weight Gain
- Dehydration, Malnutrition, and Bedsores
- Unsanitary Living Conditions
- Pressure Sores or Ulcers
- Broken Bones
- Sudden and Unexplained Death
We handle Nursing Home and Residential Care Abuse and Neglect cases throughout South Carolina. You deserve to have an attorney that understands the process, the litigation, and the seriousness of these issues affecting your life. If you believe that you or your family have a Nursing Home Negligence or Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect claim, please contact the team at Rikard & Protopapas to have your case evaluated.
The initial contact with our firm is free of charge. Once that contact has been made, we will determine how to best proceed regarding your potential case. There are different types of fee structures that we utilize. The majority of the cases we handle involve a contingent fee contract. That means we do not get paid until and unless our client makes a recovery. Generally, our fees will be a percentage of any recovery, and that percentage is computed before deducting expenses. Typically the expenses are deducted from the settlement and our firm is reimbursed for any advanced expenses. Each matter is on a case by case basis and the fee structure is disclosed in writing if representation is undertaken. In other circumstances, we will represent a client on an hourly basis. In those cases the retainer agreement will reflect that the client will pay an agreed upon hourly rate, expenses are paid as they are incurred and there is typically a retainer payment required which will be billed against. In either instance, the full details of the fee and cost agreement you have with our firm will be explained to you in detail before we begin pursuing your potential claim(s). Additionally, we require that all fee agreements be in writing between the firm and the client.