As the baby boomer generation ages, many families find themselves placing loved ones in the hands of nursing home staff and physicians. The nursing homes are pitched with flashy marketing materials and carry names that are meant to inspire a sense of comfort. Yet, contrary to the representations and promises of providing a safe and healthy environment, many Cincinnati and Ohio facilities consistently fall below the appropriate medical standard of care providing environments that are unclean and unfit for dignified end of life care. In many cases, the poor care is due to understaffing. Understaffing places more profits in the hands of the owners of the nursing home but sacrifices the quality of patient care, as there are fewer nurses and staff to provide timely and comprehensive care.
In addition, many elderly nursing home residents have limitations communicating, and the neglect and abuse may continue for long periods of time without detection. Too often families only learn after a physical injury appears that their loved has been suffering due to poor health care and promises of quality care have been broken. Such neglect, and at times fraud, can leave the patient in failing health and the family feeling guilty for the placement and lack of oversight.
The civil justice system offers the patient and family the opportunity to gain more information, answer questions, and provide adequate compensation to the patient and family that the nursing home has been unwilling to provide outside of the court system.
Joseph Lyon is a highly rated and experienced Cincinnati nursing home neglect and medical malpractice lawyer handling cases based on nursing home neglect and nursing home abuse. If you suspect a family member is a victim of nursing home neglect or abuse, please call 800.513.2403 for a confidential and no cost consultation. While we do not accept every case, Joseph Lyon will speak with you personally and will make every effort to provide you with more information related to your rights and potential legal action than you have today.
The federal government has recognized the prevalence of nursing home neglect and the lack of transparency for consumer choice. As a result, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) developed a rating system to help consumers understand the quality or lack of quality of care at a nursing home facility. The system has a scale of 1-5 with a five being the highest level of care. Over 40% of all Nursing Homes in Ohio have low ratings under the federal five star ratings. Incredibly, only 6% of the 971 Ohio Nursing Homes received the five star rating.
If you have witnessed or suspect nursing home neglect or nursing home abuse, it is critical to report the conduct to Ohio Officials. Anyone can report nursing home neglect or nursing home abuse in Ohio, and the reporting along with civil actions jointly serve to hold institutions responsible for breaking the law. The following is a list of the officials you should contact:
Nursing homes that elect to participate in Medicaid or Medicare programs must undergo an annual survey to determine whether they are complying with the federal standards of care. Based on review of data.medicare.gov records, the following Cincinnati nursing homes were found to have more than five deficiencies in the medical care between 2011 -2015.
Nursing home neglect and nursing home abuse are both a serious breach of trust, as well the duties owed by a medical professional. If you are feeling you need answers to questions about a loved ones care, you should contact a Cincinnati Nursing Home Lawyer for assistance. We will help you find the truth.