The elderly deserve protection against abuse in Ohio

Every state has laws to protect the elderly. These laws help prevent neglect, abuse and exploitation of those who are unable to protect themselves against it. This is important to know if you believe your loved one is a victim of abuse or exploitation in a nursing home.

When you believe a nursing home provider has violated your trust by harming your family member, it's a good idea to start taking steps to handle the situation. Start by talking to adult protective services. This agency, or others in place that serve the same purpose, will investigate any allegations you make against the nursing home.

You may wish to inform the director of the nursing home that you intend to pursue a claim, or else you can allow your attorney to take care of that for you. When allegations of abuse are involved, it's more likely that you'll want to immediately remove your loved one from the nursing home's care; your attorney can handle the legal matters while you make the changes that need to happen to protect the one you love.

If you have evidence that your loved one was hurt because of abuse, negligence or other issues, you may wish to file a lawsuit against the nursing home. A medical malpractice lawsuit or other forms may suit your case, depending on the specifics.

To make your case as foolproof as possible, keep copies of all allegations, evidence and discussions you have. Make sure to take a step-by-step approach to file the lawsuit, so you don't take too long to file and submit everything the court needs to help you. Our site has more information.

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