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Protecting your nursing home from dubious malpractice claims

Owning and operating a nursing home in Ohio can be highly rewarding work, but there is no doubt that it can also be stressful and difficult. As the population continues to age, more and more families will turn to nursing homes and similar facilities to care for their elderly loved ones, either short-term or for the rest of their lives.

Though the staff and management at most nursing homes care for their residents with dedication and thoughtfulness, sometimes residents get hurt. Some accidents are due to mistakes by caregivers, but others are the result of the resident’s poor health, or were simply unavoidable.

It is perhaps understandable when a family sues the nursing home for malpractice after their loved one is injured or sickened on the premises. It is upsetting when an elderly parent or other relative is suffering, and naturally, relatives may look for someone to blame.

The result can be potentially expensive litigation, whether or not the nursing home is actually responsible for what happened to the resident. If not taken seriously, a nursing home malpractice suit can cripple the business, possibly forcing the facility to shut down.

Common claims of nursing home abuse or neglect include allegations of allowing or causing:

  • Bedsores
  • Residents eloping or wandering
  • Improper use of restraints or medication
  • Improper nutrition or dehydration

One of the first steps a nursing home should take after learning of a lawsuit is to meet with an attorney who has experience defending against malpractice allegations. With the attorney’s help, you may be able to get the case dismissed, or work out a fair settlement.

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