There are people in our state that require special care. Assisted living homes are placed throughout South Carolina and exist to make sure that those who can’t care for themselves are cared for by others. As personal injury lawyers in Columbia, SC, we know that sometimes that care is sub-par or even negligent, which is why we fight for victims of nursing home and assisted living abuse. A recent tragedy has raised questions about the practices at a local assisted living facility after a resident lost their life within a hundred feet of the building.
A young man is in custody and will likely face a lengthy jail sentence after a deadly hit-and-run accident last weekend. According to reports, the man was driving his pickup when he struck a middle-aged woman walking along the street near an assisted living facility. The woman was killed in the accident, and to make matters worse, the man drove away from the scene. He was found a short time later when the pickup he used in the accident was identified by an emergency responder.
Questions were soon raised about how the incident could have been avoided. Clearly the hit-and-run driver was at fault and should be punished by the full extent of the law, but some have asked why a resident at the facility was allowed to wander the streets alone in the first place.
The facility has an open door policy but requests that residents sign out with an estimated time of return when they leave. Apparently the night the woman was struck, she hadn’t signed out. If different policies were in place, could this tragedy have been avoided?
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Source. GoUpstate.com, ‘http://www.goupstate.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?p=2&tc=pg&AID=2014140309949&tc=ar,’ Daniel J. Gross, March 03, 3014.