Tuesday, 20 of November of 2018

Extreme Heat, Lack of AC May Have Killed South Carolina Nursing Home Resident

The 85-year-old passed away in Easley, SC, on a day when temperature reached 105 degrees Fahrenheit.

By Mark Favaloro, Carolina Nursing Home Neglect Attorney

People across the nation are dealing with record-high temperatures. Unfortunately, some are less able to deal with the heat than others. That was most likely the case in Easley, South Carolina (SC), on June 30, 2012 at Majesty Health and Rehab.


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It appears that one of the air conditioners in the nursing home was not working properly or at all when 85-year-old Eloise Arnold collapsed and later died at Baptist Easley Hospital. Relatives who visited Arnold earlier on the day her death stated residents’ room had no AC units then but were installed the following day.

My condolences go out to Arnold’s family. It is hard to lose a loved one, especially when it is possible that their passing could have been avoided. If it is determined that the nursing home was negligent in not providing ways to keep every resident cool in the oppressive heat, Arnold’s children may wish to file a wrongful death claim on her behalf.

Money will not bring her back, but a lawsuit may protect the remaining residents of the nursing home by encouraging the owners and employees to make sure the health and safety of the residents — rather than the bottom line — is always the home’s top priority.


About the Editors: The VA-NC medical malpractice attorneys at Shapiro, Lewis & Appleton include medical and surgical malpractice lawyers licensed in both Virginia and Carolina. Our medical/hospital malpractice focus on personal injury and accident law and have experience handling medical malpractice cases involving hospital and doctors’ mistakes, as well as nursing home abuse and neglect. Check out our case results to see our track record of success in medical malpractice lawsuits, and also be sure to read our free medical malpractice reports Top 10 Tips From a Medical Malpractice Insider and Top 5 Surgical Errors. Rick Shapiro and James Lewis have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America since 2008. They, along with fellow attorney Randy Appleton, have also been named Virginia Super Lawyers since 2010, an honor fewer than 5 percent of outstanding attorneys receive.