Standing Up For Your Family And Other Loved Ones
Each Ohio nursing home is tasked with following laws to ensure safe and comprehensive care for its residents, but it is impossible for government officials to closely oversee day-to-day operations of the nearly 1,000 nursing homes in the state. If you believe nursing home abuse or neglect caused the serious injury or death of a loved one, a lawsuit may be the only way for you to ensure justice and prevent the same fate from happening to others.
At The Donahey Law Firm, we have successfully fought for our clients for more than 40 years. Our Columbus attorneys are experienced at investigating nursing home abuse/neglect cases and obtaining sizable recoveries for our clients via verdict or settlement. However, we understand that financial awards are only part of what makes our clients happy. You will be treated with respect and compassion at our law firm, as if you are part of our family.
If you would like a free consultation with a nursing home abuse lawyer, call The Donahey Law Firm at 866-918-5886 or contact us online. With a strategic network of locations and a mobile office, we serve all of Ohio and northern Kentucky.
If you are not quite ready to contact an elder abuse attorney at The Donahey Law Firm, browse our free nursing home lawsuit resources below. We are here when you are ready to discuss your legal rights.
Ohio's Nursing Home Bill Of Rights
Did you know there is an Ohio Nursing Home Patient Bill of Rights? In an effort to improve the treatment of those in nursing homes, Ohio lawmakers created a list of rights for residents.
They range from being free from physical, verbal, mental and emotional abuse to being able to choose one's own doctor and pharmacist. You can view all the codified rights online at Ohio Revised Code Section 3721.13.
Nursing Home Abuse FAQs
We know you have many questions after discovering that someone mistreated your loved one. Our attorneys answer common questions about nursing home abuse and neglect cases on our Nursing Home Abuse FAQs page.
Bedsores (Decubitus Ulcers)
Nursing home residents should never suffer bedsores, yet they are frighteningly common. Bedsores, also known as pressure sores, are painful and expose victims to potentially deadly infection.
For more information, visit our page on Bedsores.
Hydration is crucial for the human body to function. A variety of health problems can result from dehydration, some of them fatal. A nursing home must ensure that all of its residents are properly hydrated, especially those who lack the mental clarity to monitor their own hydration. When a nursing home fails to meet this duty, it is responsible for the resulting harm.
For more info, visit our page on Dehydration.
Malnutrition is a concern when a resident is unable to eat without assistance. In this situation, the resident is completely reliant upon the nursing home staff to receive adequate nutrition. If the nursing home staff fails in this duty, the consequences often lead to fatal problems such as organ failure, heart problems or starvation.
Nursing home malnutrition also occurs when a resident has special dietary needs. Conditions such as diabetes, lactose intolerance and food allergies can prove fatal in elderly residents if the nursing home does not carefully manage them.
If you suspect that a nursing home caused harm to your loved one through malnutrition, an attorney can help you get patient records concerning diet.
Many in nursing homes live with forms of dementia such as Alzheimer's disease. If a nursing home does not manage security properly, a resident may wander off and suffer harm. Without proper clothing, an elderly person could quickly die from exposure (hypothermia).
Managers at Ohio nursing homes understand that the risk of wandering residents is great - absent precaution - and must ensure that it does not occur. When a nursing home fails to uphold this duty and a resident is injured or dies, the nursing home bears the legal blame.
If a loved one was harmed while wandering off from a nursing home, you need to partner with an attorney to ensure justice.
Sometimes, nursing home residents must be restrained so they do not harm themselves. When restraints are used, staff members need to closely supervise the resident to ensure that serious injuries like lacerations, broken bones and strangulation do not result. Although there is a time and a place for restraints, a nursing home should not rely on consistently using restraints on a resident. Excessive restraint use may indicate a staffing shortage.
Our Restraint Injuries page contains more information on this subject.
Nursing home residents often take many medications. Prescription drugs can be quite powerful so they must be carefully administered according to the pharmacist's instructions. Sometimes, nursing home staff members may make costly mistakes with a resident's medications, risking his or her life. In other scenarios, nursing home staff members may steal patients' medications to get high or sell the drugs on the black market. In either situation, the resident may suffer serious injury or death.
If you suspect that a loved one has suffered from a nursing home medication error, speak with an experienced attorney immediately. For more on drug errors in the medical field, visit our Medication Errors page.
Physical And Sexual Abuse
It is incomprehensible that a nursing home staff member would physically abuse a nursing home patient. Sadly, some disturbed people have no problem preying on society's most vulnerable. If a loved one has shown signs of physical abuse, speak with an experienced attorney.
Emotional And Verbal Abuse
We all deserve dignity in our elderly years. If you have evidence that a nursing home staff member verbally abuses your loved one, understand that it violates Ohio's Nursing Home Bill of Rights and there are legal consequences. Speak with an experienced attorney to discuss your legal opportunities for exacting justice.
Assault From Other Residents
Residents may behave aggressively or violently at times, perhaps due to an underlying condition such as dementia. Nursing home staff has a duty to protect residents from other patients who may cause them harm. Serious assault injuries usually occur when there is insufficient supervision of residents, allowing them to initiate and escalate an assault. Patient-on-patient assaults are sometimes of a sexual nature.
A Long History Of Success In Nursing Home Lawsuits
At The Donahey Law Firm, we strive to protect those who are not able to protect themselves. We are aware of the sensitive nature of these cases and will provide the best possible representation in a dignified, cost-effective, and professional manner. We have been helping victims and families for more than 40 years.
If you or a loved one has been injured, abused or neglected in a nursing home, please contact us to schedule a free initial consultation with one of our experienced Columbus nursing home abuse lawyers.