Ohio Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect
Ohio nursing homes are tasked with following certain rules and 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. Unfortunately, elder abuse and neglect is not uncommon in these facilities.
Finding out, or even suspecting, that an elderly family member has been abused or neglected by those who are responsible for their care and safety is devastating. 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 to fight for justice and prevent the same fate from happening to others.
At The Donahey Law Firm, we will work closely with you to uncover the truth of what happened to your injured or deceased family member while they were under the care of a nursing home. For more than 50 years, we have successfully fought for our clients and gained substantial experience investigating nursing home abuse and neglect cases, as well as obtaining sizable recoveries for our clients via verdict or settlement. However, we also understand that financial compensation is far from the only thing that matters under these circumstances.
If you are not quite ready to contact a Columbus nursing home abuse lawyer at The Donahey Law Firm, please feel free to browse our nursing home lawsuit resources below. We are always here when you are ready to discuss your legal rights.
Did you know there is an Ohio Nursing Home Patient Bill of Rights? In an effort to improve the lives and treatment of nursing home residents, Ohio lawmakers created a list of rights that helps legally protect them from abuse and neglect.
They range from being free from physical, verbal, mental, and emotional abuse, to being able to choose their own doctor and pharmacist. You can view all of the codified rights online at Ohio Revised Code Section 3721.13.
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 infections. They typically occur when a person has been left to lie in bed, usually in one position, for too long.
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, or have trouble swallowing. When nursing home staff fail to do this, the nursing home is responsible for any resulting harm.
Malnutrition is a concern when a resident is unable to eat without assistance, or does not have easy access to food in the nursing home. In these situations, 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 organ failure, heart issues, starvation, and death.
Nursing home malnutrition may also occur if 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 monitor their diets.
If you suspect nursing home staff caused your loved one to suffer from malnutrition, a nursing home abuse lawyer in Ohio can help you obtain records pertaining to the patient’s diet.
Many nursing home residents live with forms of dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease. If a nursing home does not properly manage their security, a resident may wander off and suffer harm as a result. For example, without proper clothing, an elderly patient could quickly die from hypothermia if they are outside for too long.
Managers at Ohio nursing homes understand that the risk of wandering residents is significant– absent precaution –and they 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
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, or strangulation do not occur. Although there is a time and a place for restraints, a nursing home should not rely on them consistently. Excessive restraint use may indicate a staffing shortage or abuse.
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 mistakes in administering a resident’s medications, or neglect to administer them at all, risking their life. In some scenarios, nursing home staff may steal patients’ medications to get high or sell the drugs for personal profit.
For more on drug errors in the medical field, visit our Medical Malpractice page.
It is reprehensible that a nursing home staff member would physically abuse an elderly patient. Sadly, society’s most vulnerable can be preyed upon by those entrusted with their care. Some signs of physical or sexual abuse may include bruising, broken bones, STDs, uncharacteristic behavior, isolation, or a staff member not allowing a resident to be alone with visitors.
If a loved one has shown signs of physical abuse, speak with an experienced personal injury attorney in Columbus, Ohio at The Donahey Law Firm as soon as possible.
Being emotionally and verbally abused can be detrimental to any person’s wellbeing. Elderly individuals who suffer from this kind of abuse in a nursing home may become isolated, have a sudden personality shift, become quiet and reclusive, or react negatively when the offending staff member is nearby.
If you have evidence that your loved one has suffered from verbal/emotional abuse, understand that it violates Ohio’s Nursing Home Bill of Rights and there are legal consequences.
Residents may behave aggressively or violently at times, perhaps due to an underlying condition such as dementia. Nursing home staff have a duty to protect residents from violent patients. Serious assault injuries usually occur when there is insufficient supervision of residents, allowing them to initiate and escalate an assault. Patient-on-patient assaults can sometimes be of a sexual nature.
Your Ohio Personal Injury Lawyer & Nursing Home Abuse Attorney
At The Donahey Law Firm, we strive to protect those who are vulnerable and unable to speak up for themselves. We are aware of the sensitive nature of nursing home abuse and neglect cases, and will provide you with dignified, professional legal representation you can rely on.
We have been helping victims and their families for more than 50 years, so if you or a loved one has been injured, abused, or neglected in a nursing home, please contact us to schedule an initial free consultation with one of our experienced Columbus nursing home abuse lawyers. With a strategic network of locations and a mobile office, we serve all of Ohio and northern Kentucky.