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Medical Malpractice and Nursing Home Abuse

Trusted Ashtabula attorneys help victims of substandard care

Here in Northeast Ohio, we have world-class doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals—and excellent hospitals and nursing home facilities.  But mistakes do happen. Your doctor misses a meaningful symptom or prescribes a procedure that does more harm than good. A surgeon lets her attention lapse for a brief moment and something goes wrong. A pharmacist fills your prescription with the wrong medication or fails to note that this prescription will interact dangerously with something you are already taking.  A loved one receives substandard nursing home care.  Sometimes medical and nursing facilities do not do all they should to ensure that every patient under their care is not neglected or abused.

What is medical malpractice?

When you or family members are victims of harmful or substandard care by medical professionals, you may have a malpractice case.  The key is the standard of care.  It means that the medical care falls short of the generally accepted methods used by medical professionals in the area to treat patients in similar circumstances.  The experienced medical malpractice attorneys at Andrews & Pontius, LLC are very familiar with the Ohio laws governing medical malpractice.  Our objectives in bringing a medical malpractice suit are to hold medical practitioners accountable for their mistakes and negligence, and to get you compensation for the resulting injuries or death.

When to talk to a lawyer

When healthcare professionals fall short of the required standards of care or make serious mistakes, catastrophic injuries, permanent disability, and even death can result. You should seek out a qualified medical malpractice attorney if you or a loved one has been victimized as the result of outright error or substandard care, including—

  • Surgical mishap
  • Anesthesia mistake
  • Oxygen deprivation
  • Poor post-operative care
  • Delayed diagnosis
  • Birth injuries
  • Infection acquired in hospital
  • Ignorance of risk factors
  • Failure to diagnose
  • Medication overdose
  • Misinterpretation of test results
  • Poor nursing home care

Nursing home negligence and abuse

There are federal and state laws that require nursing homes to provide medical care, services, and activities to maintain the highest practicable physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being of the residents.  Nursing home negligence includes causing or failing to prevent injuries, neglect, or actual physical, sexual, or emotional abuse.  Even if the patient is unable to tell you what has happened, there are many signs you can look for:

  • Physical abuse—bruises, cuts, fractures, rope marks, broken eyeglasses, medication overdose, sudden change in behavior
  • Sexual abuse—unexplained vaginal or anal bleeding; torn, stained, or bloody underclothing; resident’s report of being sexually assaulted or raped
  • Emotional or psychological abuse—agitation, extreme withdrawal, non-responsiveness, wanting to be isolated from others, unusual rocking or other behavior usually attributed to dementia
  • Neglect—dehydration, weight loss, bedsores, soiled bedding, untended health problems, poor personal hygiene, hazardous living conditions

Experienced and personal legal services throughout Northeast Ohio

To determine if you have a malpractice or abuse case, turn to the compassionate and skillful medical malpractice and nursing home abuse lawyers at Andrews & Pontius, LLC in Ashtabula, Ohio, who aggressively pursue compensation from the guilty parties.  Contact us online or call 440-998-6835.


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