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July 17, 2013
Data from the National Center for Elder Abuse shows that one-third of all nursing home and assisted living facility residents are the victims of abuse or neglect. Experts tend to believe the estimate may be extremely conservative as well, considering many instances simply go unreported.
These numbers are part of the reason Attorney General Mike DeWine has been battling against Ohio Nursing Home Abuse by implementing several new tactics to catch offenders in the act.
According to an article by The Columbus Dispatch, DeWine announced earlier this month that a Zanesville nursing home was being shut down after surveillance video gathered by state authorities showed rampant violations at the facility. The case marked the first time the state had prosecuted an offender based on evidence collected by “granny cams” the state now has installed at facilities across the region.
The program is being lauded as a success. The attorney general’s office has launched a total of 131 abuse cases this year compared to the 74 that were initiated during the same time period last year.
Despite these results, many argue the camera could violate privacy rights.
The Ohio Personal Injury Lawyers with Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy are aware of the importance of ensuring a loved one is safe at the care facility where they reside. The firm is here to help anyone who believes their loved one has been the victim of abuse or neglect at the hands of a caregiver.
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