Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect

If you have a loved one who has been injured in the greater Cleveland, Ohio area as a result of nursing home abuse or neglect, it’s time to call Cleveland’s Injury Lawyer™, Nicholas M. Dodosh at 844-CLE-LAW1 (844-253-5291). Attorney Dodosh is a Cleveland, Ohio nursing home lawyer and personal injury attorney who is here to help get you the justice you deserve.

Of all of the different types of injury cases that attorney Dodosh handles, nursing home abuse and neglect cases are what he is most passionate about. When he sees that harm has occurred to a vulnerable and helpless individual, it becomes personal, the gloves come off, and he will not stop until he has secured justice on behalf of that person. It has been said that a society will be judged on the basis of how it treats its weakest members. The same should hold true for Cleveland area nursing homes and their staff. They are entrusted with the elderly, sick, and dying. And when they fail in their duties to show proper attention and compassion to those who have been entrusted to their care, they absolutely must be held accountable and liable for the damages they have created.

It is an unfortunate reality that nursing home abuse and neglect is a common occurrence throughout northeast Ohio and across the country. Most of these facilities are run for-profit, with the owners knowing full well that it is in their best financial interest to have as many residents as possible combined with as little staff as possible. Also, the owners know that the less trained the staff, the less that the staff has to be paid. The result is often nursing homes with too many residents and too few caretakers, many of whom do not even have the proper credentials. This is a recipe for disaster.

Some of the most common instances of abuse and neglect are:

  • Physician and nurse negligence at nursing homes,
  • Injuries as a result of inadequate staff and improper training,
  • Errors in giving medication,
  • Pressure ulcers and bedsores,
  • Malnutrition and dehydration,
  • Wandering off,
  • Falling injuries or other transportation injuries,
  • Sexual abuse or assault, and
  • Emotional abuse.

Ohio has enacted what is often referred to as the Ohio Nursing Home Resident Bill of Rights which is set forth in Ohio Revised Code Section 3721.13. The Ohio Nursing Home Resident Bill of Rights consists of 32 expressly stated rights that nursing home residents have in the State of Ohio. The law also states that the 32 rights are not exclusive, meaning that there may be other rights that are not listed. Among the rights listed are:

  • The right to a clean and safe environment in which to live,
  • The right to be free from mental, verbal, and physical abuse,
  • The right to be treated with courtesy, respect, and dignity at all times,
  • The right to appropriate and adequate nursing care and medical treatment,
  • The right to have all reasonable requests and inquiries promptly responded to,
  • The right to have bed sheets and clothing changed as necessary to ensure sanitation and comfort, and
  • The right to unrestricted communication between the family and the resident.

If your loved one’s nursing home has violated any of these rights, they are in violation of the law, and they must be held accountable. Call 844-CLE-LAW1 (844-253-5291) to speak with Attorney Dodosh now.  You can also email or fill out a contact form and Mr. Dodosh will get in touch with you.