Nursing Home Abuse in South Carolina
South Carolina Man Arrested for Nursing Home Abuse
December 11, 2012
A former nursing home employee has been arrested and charged with nursing home abuse after turning himself him in this.
According to police reports, Deasmond Kimbrough, 44, was caught on video abusing a 101-year-old senior citizen at the Mount Pleasant Manor earlier this month in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. The victim’s granddaughter placed the camera in the nursing home after being told that someone threw detergent in his eyes.
Kimbrough is seen on camera grabbing the victim’s arms, popping him in the nose, and other inappropriate acts. After finding out about the camera footage, Kimbrough turned himself into the Mount Pleasant Police Department. He remains in jail on a $100,000 bond.
Although Kimbrough has not been found guilty, these charges are enough for the family of the victim to retain a nursing home abuse lawyer and file a civil case for damages, should they decide to.
This isn’t the first time this year that South Carolina has been in the hot seat for nursing home abuse. Last month, a former employee of the J.F. Hawkins Nursing Home in Newbury, was caught stealing large sums of money. Additionally, a recent report from the Department of Health and Environmental Control in South Carolina states the several nursing homes throughout the state have been cited for nursing home neglect and abuse.
Reports of Nursing Home Abuse in South Carolina
April 20, 2011
Two elderly women have come forward with allegations that they were abused at Carolina House nursing home on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina. The women claim to have been victims of nursing home abuse by the same woman who has a history of being an abusive caretaker.
Among the allegations against the caretaker are that she slapped one woman causing her nose to bleed and forced medication down her throat.
The woman accused of abuse had been suspended from another nursing home for verbally abusing a resident. The abused women claim the nursing home’s employing the caretaker should have known that employing a woman with a history of abuse would likely lead to further abuse.
The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office investigated the claims of abuse and the alleged abusive caretaker was arrested on charges of elder abuse.
If you or a loved one has been a victim of nursing home abuse we advise you to contact a nursing home abuse lawyer to get the legal assistance and justice you need.
Granddaughter of Nursing Home Abuse Victim Asks for Help
December 17, 2012
Last week, Julie Johnson, the granddaughter of a victim who has suffered sexual nursing home abuse in a care center in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, called out for help in press conference while her grandfather remains in the nursing home in which the abuse to took place.
According to reports, a 101-year-old resident of the Mount Pleasant Manor was sexually abused by a former worker, Desmond Kimbrough. A hidden camera installed by a private investigator caught the majority of the nursing home abuse on tape. In addition to being sexually assaulted, the victim was also taunted, slapped, and yelled at on several occasions.
The victim’s family have been attempting to remove him from the nursing home after discovering the abuse. However, according to Lt. Governor Glenn McConnell, a bed shortage is preventing the state from immediately transferring the elderly patient to another center.
Meanwhile, Kimbrough was arrested shortly after the footage was viewed earlier this month. He was charged with abusing a vulnerable adult.
In addition to facing criminal charges, the state of South Carolina allows victims and their families to file a civil suit. Should the victim’s family act and retain a nursing home abuse attorney, Kimbrough may also be facing civil charges as well.
Son Seeks Legal Recourse in Nursing Home Abuse Against Mother
April 23, 2013
A South Carolina man is seeking legal recourse for his elderly mother who died six months ago. He claims his mother went through severe nursing home abuse and plans on pursuing charges.
According to reports, David Christmas placed his mother in the Kingston Nursing Facility in Kingston, on May 7, 2012. By October 17 of the same year, his mother had died. The 90-year-old elderly woman died in a hospital, suffering a broken hip and bruises all over her body.
Shortly after the victim’s death, the Kingston police department opened an assault investigation against the nursing home. Christmas returned to the nursing home to gather evidence. Christmas told authorities that his mother confided to him that she had been attacked by two women at the facility, but she was unable to remember their names.
Last year, although the nursing home was rated as “exemplary,” there were cases of unreported injuries to residents, such as falls and bruises. However, Christmas didn’t have access to those records when making a decision on where to send his mother. The records could have helped save her life. According to DHEC director, Tammy Templeton, the records won’t be available online until next year, which poses a burden on those seeking assistance on nursing home ratings.
Meanwhile, Christmas plans to continue to go forward with pressing charges against those responsible for his mother’s death. The case was handed over to the solicitor’s office last week.
Keep in mind that if you or a loved one have been victim to nursing home abuse, an experienced nursing home abuse attorney may be able to assist you. Nursing home abuse attorneys have helped numerous clients in their efforts to obtain justice and financial compensation.