Ohio Nursing Home Sexual Abuse Lawyers
A safe place for a family member with dementia, Alzheimer’s, or another disability – that is what we rely on when a patient is admitted to a nursing home. Yet residents locked in with known sex offenders are subjected to humiliation and physical injury as a result of sexual abuse.
The number of residents subjected to sexual assault in Ohio nursing homes and assisted living facilities, or at the hands of home health care workers will certainly never be known. At Dennis Seaman & Associates in Cleveland, Ohio, our attorneys suspect most cases of sexual abuse are not reported. A number of factors may contribute to this problem:
- The failure of nursing home administrators to properly conduct criminal and employment background checks on employees and residents creates a dangerous environment for vulnerable patients, some of whom are bedridden and unable to communicate effectively.
- If a nursing home does not provide proper training and supervision for staff, signs of sexual abuse or assaults ranging from touching to rape go undetected and unreported. As a result, the victim is not treated for the emotional and physical injury resulting from the assault.
- Patient complaints or signs of sexual abuse or other forms of physical and emotional abuse may be ignored, or even joked about by staff.
It is extremely important, if you have reason to believe someone you know is the victim of sexual abuse in a nursing home, assisted living, senior-care facility, or home-care facility that you take immediate measures to protect the resident, see that the offender is held responsible, and recover any damages the patient is entitled to as a result of the sex assault. A lawyer from Dennis Seaman & Associates will be happy to explain how to proceed. Contact our Cleveland office to make arrangements for a free consultation.
Our firm represents clients in communities throughout Ohio, including Cleveland, Lorain, Akron, Canton, Painesville, Columbus, Cincinnati, Toledo, Dayton, Youngstown, and Parma. We are also long-standing members of the American Association for Justice, and as such, we are connected to a nationwide network of attorneys.
Due to the strict one year time limit on reporting a case of sexual assault or abuse in a nursing home or assisted living facility, it is extremely important to consult with an attorney at the first opportunity. Call: 216 696-1080 or e-mail our Cleveland office to speak with one of our attorneys.