Steps You Should Take When You Suspect Nursing Home Negligence
You probably have many questions about what you can do and what actions you can take.
The first thing you should do is contact an attorney who is experienced with handling nursing home negligence cases in Ohio.
A review of the matter by the attorney will tell you if the neglect rises to the level where a lawsuit should be filed.
At the law firm of Slater & Zurz LLP, we’ve been helping victims of nursing home abuse and negligence throughout Ohio for over 40 years. Our attorneys have handled more than 500 nursing home abuse cases.
Using our experience, we can provide you with the professional guidance you need.
Contact us for a free consultation by calling 1-888-534-4850 or send us a message here from our website.
There is no cost to speak with one of our experienced attorneys and you will be under no obligation to hire our firm.
Ohio Nursing Home Patient Bill of Rights
Ohio law lists the rights every nursing home resident. This law is known as the Ohio Nursing Home Patient Bill of Rights. Under this law, patients have the right to:
1. A safe and clean living environment.
2. Be free from physical, verbal, mental and emotional abuse.
3. Appropriate medical treatment and nursing care.
4. All reasonable requests and inquiries responded to promptly.
To see the complete list, please visit the following link: Ohio Nursing Home Patients Bill of Rights
Ohio Office of the State Long Term Care Ombudsman
When you suspect abuse or neglect at an Ohio nursing home or long-term care facility, you should also contact the Ohio Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman to discuss your concerns.
Ombudsmen do not police nursing homes. Instead, they work with the nursing home, residents and their families or representatives to resolve issues. When you contact this agency, you will be assigned with a personal ombudsman who can link you with various services and agencies that can further assist you.
To contact the Ohio Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman call 1-800-282-1206 or visit the Ohio Ombudsman website: Ohio Department of Aging Long-term Care Ombudsman Program
Ohio Department of Health
We want to help you protect your loved one’s rights and will fight for you in court to recover damages when those rights are violated.
However, pursuing a lawsuit is not the only recourse that you have when you believe a family member’s rights have been violated in a nursing home.
Skilled nursing facilities are monitored by the Ohio Department of Health. If you believe a loved one has been abused or neglected in an Ohio nursing home within the past year, you can contact the Department of Health and file a formal complaint. Once filed, the Department of Health will investigate the matter and, if your grievance is substantiated, will cite the nursing home for deficiencies.
To obtain more information about filing and complaint, and to download a sample complaint form, visit this link: Ohio Dept. of Health Complaints Nursing Homes
Nursing Home Abuse and Negligence Questions and Answers
We’ve prepared a list of the most frequently asked questions about nursing home abuse and negligence along with answers to each question.
To view this list, visit the following link: Nursing Home Negligence Questions and Answers
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