Can You File a Nursing Home Lawsuit Against NHC?

June 10, 2024 / RP Legal

The Columbia community relies on National HealthCare Corporation (NHC) for nursing home and skilled care services. But what happens when a patient receives negligent care? Can you file a nursing home lawsuit against NHC? The answer may be yes.

Our Columbia nursing home abuse attorneys explain NHC lawsuits and what to do if you or a loved one has been a victim. Our attorneys handle nursing home litigation all over the state of South Carolina.

Can You Sue an NHC Nursing Home?

National HealthCare Corporation (NHC) has a legal duty to provide safe care for patients. If they fail to provide adequate care based on reasonable standards, they may be responsible for a lawsuit for negligence or medical malpractice.

Each case is determined by the individual circumstances, based on the failures of NHC care providers and how negligence resulted in harm to the patient. A victim may seek payment of financial losses associated with their injury and pain and suffering compensation.

What to Know About NHC Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

  • As a healthcare provider, NHC has a legal duty of care to prevent abuse and neglect of its patients.
  • NHC provides healthcare services to patients in need. These patients often have complex and highly personalized medical needs. NHC must address these individual needs in its provision of services.
  • When nursing home abuse results in harm, a victim may receive financial compensation. The legal basis is that the nursing home failed to take reasonable steps to protect the victim from harm.
  • NHC lawsuits are the process to receive compensation for abuse and neglect.
  • An NHC lawsuit is in addition to filing a complaint against a nursing home. The purpose of a lawsuit is financial compensation for the victim and accountability for what has happened.
  • A claim may be for injury or wrongful death. Damages may be based on injury that results from abuse or a failure to heal.
  • You may have a lawyer represent you in your claim.

Rikard & Protopapas represents clients in nursing home lawsuits against NHC. To talk about if you can file a nursing home lawsuit against NHC, contact us to talk to a lawyer.

Signs of nursing home resident abuse

The first step in filing a nursing home lawsuit against NHC is recognizing the signs of resident abuse. Here are some signs of nursing home resident abuse:

  • Failing to meet expected rehabilitation goals without a clear reason
  • Secondary infection, unexpected complications
  • Visible cuts and bruising, injuries that can’t be explained
  • Falls or bedsores that could have been prevented
  • Change in social behavior, anxiety around a certain caregiver
  • Asking questions of care providers only to receive evasive answers
  • Use of restraints, soiled bedding, or clothing
  • Lack of mobility supports, lack of physical movement
  • Dehydration or malnutrition
  • Signs that daily grooming has not been attended to

The signs of nursing home abuse may be physical or emotional. They may be subtle. A victim may not be able to speak up about what they have experienced. If you see signs of abuse, don’t ignore them. The actions you take may help the victim and prevent future harm.

If you or a loved one has experienced nursing home abuse, or you are concerned about warning signs, we invite you to contact us for a consultation. We can discuss your situation, explore possibilities for a lawsuit, and claim for compensation.

About NHC HealthCare Parklane

NHC HealthCare Parklane is a short-term and long-term residential care facility.

NHC HealthCare Parklane is located at:

7601 Parklane Road

Columbia, SC 29223

The Parklane facility is a post-acute, 24-hour skilled nursing center. With 180 beds, the facility offers care for those needing rehabilitation after a serious illness, medical procedures, and health incidents, including:

  • Stroke
  • Joint replacement surgery
  • Cardiac events and procedures
  • Serious illness

The facility offers a range of healthcare services and personal care:

  • Physicians, nurse practitioners, and nurses provide medical attention
  • Therapists and rehabilitation services, including physical, occupational, and speech therapy
  • Medication management
  • Personalized care plans, social workers, nutrition services
  • Daily living assistance
  • Recreational and social opportunities, entertainment
  • Opportunities for religious services

Abuse or neglect may occur regarding the provision of any of these services.

National HealthCare also operates other facilities and agencies in the Greater Columbia area including The Palmettos of Parklane, in Columbia, NHC HealthCare Lexington, NHC HomeCare Midlands, and NHC HealthCare Sumter elsewhere in the region.

About National HealthCare Corporation

NHC HealthCare Parklane is part of the National HealthCare Corporation. NHC operates 163 homes, facilities, and agencies throughout the United States.

Their facilities and agencies include:

  • Skilled nursing facilities
  • Assisted living homes
  • Retirement, independent living communities
  • Behavioral health hospitals
  • Homecare agencies
  • Hospice agencies

How to file a complaint against an NHC nursing home

To file a complaint against an NHC nursing home, you may submit a Health Facility Complaint Form to SCDHEC. You may also call (803) 545-4370 to make a complaint by form.

Filing a complaint with SCDHEC is not sufficient to claim monetary compensation for nursing home abuse or neglect. You must file a lawsuit, proving negligence or medical malpractice and your right to compensation.

Rikard & Protopapas can take care of your claim and represent your legal interests. Our primary focus is that you receive fair compensation for the harm that has occurred.

Contact a Lawyer for Nursing Home Lawsuits Against NHC

If you or a loved one need a lawyer for a nursing home lawsuit against NHC, contact Rikard & Protopapas at 803-978-6111, or online. We’re taking new cases now.

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