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Nursing Home Neglect – Protecting Ohio's Elderly Residents

Ohio nursing homes are held accountable by following stringent laws that ensure secure and comprehensive care for their residents. However, with almost 1,000 nursing homes running statewide, it is a daunting task for government officials to closely monitor daily operations. If you suspect that serious harm or even death of a loved one was the outcome of nursing home neglect or abuse, filing a lawsuit would be the best way forward to secure justice and prevent similar occurrences.

Protecting Columbus Families – Experienced Nursing Home Neglect Lawyers

For five decades, The Donahey Law Firm your dedicated Columbus Ohio nursing home abuse lawyer, has fought relentlessly to protect the rights of the elderly. Our compassionate team has a prolific history of investigating and prosecuting nursing home neglect cases, securing robust verdicts, and settlements. We’re not just your attorneys; we treat you with the empathy and dignity you and your family deserve. We also prioritize treating our clients with the utmost respect and compassion, just as we would our own family.

If you’re seeking a free consultation with an experienced nursing home neglect attorney, please call The Donahey Law Firm at 866-918-5886 or connect with us online. Equipped with strategic office locations and a mobile office, we’re prepared to serve clients across Ohio and Northern Kentucky.

In case you’re not ready yet to speak with an elder neglect attorney at The Donahey Law Firm, we encourage you to explore our complimentary nursing home lawsuit resources below. Our main goal is to help you understand your rights when you’re ready to take your next steps.


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Ohio Nursing Home Neglect and Verbally & Physically Aggressive Behavior

Understanding the Ohio's Nursing Home Bill of Rights

Do you know about the Ohio Nursing Home Patient Bill of Rights? To enhance the care and treatment of nursing home residents, Ohio legislators have curated a list of rights for the residents. These include freedom from verbal, mental, and emotional abuse, and the right to choose one's own doctor and pharmacist. Visit Ohio Revised Code Section 3721.13 to peruse the codified rights online.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Your Trusted Ohio Personal Injury Lawyer & Nursing Home Neglect Attorney

As your trusted nursing home abuse attorney in Columbus, Ohio, The Donahey Law Firm upholds the dignity of those who can’t protect themselves. With our prolonged commitment to achieving justice in nursing home neglect cases, we are determined to provide unparalleled representation. We support victims and their families not just in the courtroom but beyond. If you or a loved one have suffered from misconduct in a nursing home setting, let our seasoned legal team guide you through every step to ensure accountability and reparation. At The Donahey Law Firm, we are steadfast in standing up for those unable to defend themselves. We have decades-long experience in providing the best possible representation in a professional, cost-effective, and dignified manner in nursing home neglect cases. Our sole mission is to support victims and their families.

If you or your loved one has been a victim of nursing home abuse, negligence, or neglect, don’t hesitate to reach out for a free initial consultation with one of our seasoned Columbus nursing home neglect attorneys. We’re dedicated to assisting you in seeking justice, and holding the responsible parties accountable.

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