Strict laws and regulations protect the safety and welfare of nursing home residents. However, appropriate care and attention are still sometimes not provided. Nursing homes are often run at full capacity with residents suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and other mental and physical ailments that need proper supervision. A lack of funding has prompted some nursing homes in Ohio to overwork their staff and even hire unqualified staff members. This means some residents are inevitably going to suffer neglect and injury as a result.
Patients and their families can file civil claims seeking monetary compensation for the injuries suffered due to nursing home neglect and abuse. In situations in which a patient dies due to the negligence of the facility, the family can file a Wrongful Death Claim for the loss of their loved one. Medical malpractice claims can be filed in certain circumstances, as well.
In Ohio, the statute of limitations for nursing home abuse lawsuits varies depending on the type of claim that is being made. General negligence and wrongful death lawsuits carry a two-year statute of limitations, though medical malpractice claims carry a one-year statute. The statute of limitations also varies from state to state. It is a serious problem if you miss a statute deadline because your claim will be denied. To avoid this from happening, you should contact an attorney immediately after suspected abuse. An investigation can then be conducted, evidence collected and preserved, and a review of the entire medical history and chart can be completed.
Contact us as soon as possible to schedule a free consultation to learn about all of your rights. We are available to meet during regular business hours, as well as evenings and weekends by appointment, and we also offer house calls.