How Common is Nursing Home Abuse in Ohio?
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Legal Help for the Injured
Nursing home abuse and neglect are inexcusable, yet too many facilities in Ohio engage in various forms of misconduct. If you or a loved one faces mistreatment in an assisted living center or another care facility, it’s critical to contact the experienced Columbus nursing home abuse lawyers from Kisling, Nestico & Redick right away.
Our firm knows you place considerable trust in these facilities and their staff, so our lawyers want to ensure they’re held accountable.
Policy Matters Ohio estimates that could be as many as 15,000 incidents of elder abuse in Franklin County every year.
Mistreatment of a nursing home patient can take many forms. It may be the result of intentional acts or negligent caregivers who aren’t providing proper care. Still, researchers at the National Center on Elder Abuse generally categorize nursing home conduct into different categories:
If you fear your elderly loved one is suffering from any of the above forms of abuse, contact our Columbus nursing home abuse lawyers right away.
Note that some of the most devastating indications of mistreatment may be less visible. Changes in demeanor, depression, anxiety, anger or other mood swings may suggest neglect and/or abuse. If your loved one becomes noticeably withdrawn or fearful, especially in certain caretakers’ presence, it could indicate emotional abuse.
Our Columbus nursing home abuse lawyers have represented many victims in connection with misconduct, so we can help you identify and address wrongdoing. Contact Kisling, Nestico & Redick today to learn more.
Nursing facilities and their staff have a duty to treat and care for their patients in a way that conforms to an accepted standard. When they do not—and injuries result, the party in question can be held liable.
Nursing home negligence can be caused by:
The EJA covers a range of topics related to nursing home abuse and neglect, but the section on reporting places a mandatory duty on certain individuals. Owners, operators, and staff at long-term care centers must report suspected criminal activity, and facilities must conduct background checks on employees.
Though it doesn’t place a duty to report, the OAA includes specific definitions of elder abuse to aid in filing complaints with federal agencies.
Falling under the Department of Aging, this program outlines the rights, safety, and related interests of nursing home patients.
Under Ohio Administrative Code Chapter 5101: 2-20, health care professionals are required by law to report abuse, neglect, or exploitation to certain designated county officials. The Franklin County Adult Protective Services office is located in Columbus, OH.
The Department of Health has established rules for how to receive and investigate reports of abuse or neglect, per Ohio Administrative Code Chapter 3701-64.
If you have questions regarding the different laws outlining reporting elder abuse in Ohio, contact our Columbus nursing home abuse lawyers immediately.
Fight for Everything You’re Owed
In Ohio, anyone who is the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect has the right to file a claim and, in some cases, a lawsuit. The goal is to obtain compensation for the losses that arose because of the injuries you or a loved one sustained.
The first step in pursuing a nursing home claim is proving that nursing care negligence occurred. Once established, you need to show your injuries and subsequent harm resulting from that negligence.
While holding a nursing facility accountable can be difficult, our dedicated legal team will handle every aspect and aggressively pursue maximum compensation.
Our nursing home abuse lawyers can help recover your:
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Though federal and Ohio law protects nursing home patients and offer options for reporting, they don’t provide remedies for losses related to abuse or neglect. However, you can recover your medical costs, pain, suffering, emotional distress, and other damages through a civil lawsuit.
Our experienced attorneys will help you file the legal documents, interview witnesses, identify the liable parties, and conduct a thorough investigation into allegations of nursing home neglect. We’ll ensure you get the care you or your loved one needs and develop a strategy, so no one else must suffer, and you recover maximum compensation.