Seven nurses who previously worked at an Ohio nursing home have been accused of mistreating two patients, including a man who “literally rotted to death,” according to the state’s Attorney General.
The defendants were indicted on charges of involuntary manslaughter and patient neglect after one patient in their care developed wounds on his body that became severely infected before they finally took him to the hospital. A second patient suffered physical harm because nurses falsified her medical records and forged signatures.
Neglect Often Flies Under the Radar
With an estimated 3.2 million Americans now living in nursing homes, tragic stories of abuse seem to be in the headlines on a daily basis. And while such cases require immediate intervention, another form of nursing home abuse – neglect – often flies under the radar.
The legal definition of nursing home neglect differs from state to state. Typically, though, neglect describes the failure of caregivers to provide residents with such basic necessities as:
- Adequate food
- Appropriate shelter
- Appropriate clothing
- Bathing services
- Timely medical care
Speaking Up for Victims
Sadly, our clients and many others have been victims of nursing home neglect. And while minor forms of neglect – such as accidentally missing a resident’s medical appointment – may not violate the law, more serious or repetitive neglect such as that in the Ohio case could result in violations of civil or criminal laws, as well as punishments by the state.
It’s important that victims of such neglect have a platform for justice. One of the main reasons nursing home neglect persists is because the victims often don’t want to or can’t report what’s happening to them. This is why it’s critical for others to speak up and intervene if they see signs of potential neglect.
What to Do if You Suspect Neglect
Over 30 years of experience has taught the nursing home lawyers at Pintas & Mullins how to fight for justice in neglect cases. If you suspect that your loved one is being neglected by the people you trust with their care, contact us as soon as possible. We are here to fight for you. All consultations are free and confidential, and you don’t pay anything unless we win.