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Ohio law firm for abuse of children and disabled adults

Ohio Law Firm for Victims of Abuse

Slater & Zurz LLP is a premier Ohio law firm handling all types and sizes of cases. Our firm offers clients over 40 years of experience and a history of delivering results both in and out of court.

We help people and their families with a wide variety of legal issues including things like abuse of children and disabled people, auto accidents, workplace accidents, wrongful death, nursing home abuse, dog bites, product liability, probate litigation, divorce, and much more.

When people need a powerful legal team on their side, they turn to us. But if you think it’s too expensive to hire an attorney with our experience and success, you will be surprised. We handle all personal injury cases which include cases of abuse against children or disabled people on a contingency fee basis. That means you have no upfront fees or costs to worry about. There is no down payment you need to make. There is no monthly retainer you have to pay.

You will only be charged a fee if we get you a settlement or verdict in your case. If we don’t get you anything, we don’t get anything.

For other types of cases, we offer a variety of payment options to accommodate your needs.

Don’t let concerns over the cost of hiring an attorney stop you from contacting us. We’ll discuss your case with you for free. We’ll answer your questions at no charge. If you would like to hire us, we’ll discuss all the details at that time.

To schedule a free consultation, please contact us by calling 1-888-534-4850, chat with one of our 24-hour live chat representatives or send us a website message.

Ohio Laws Governing Care of Disabled People

Administrative rules govern the actions, roles and requirements of state agencies such as the Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD). Once rules are adopted, they become part of the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) which is a compilation of the rules adopted by state agencies. The rules are reviewed and revised on an ongoing basis to ensure that agencies adhere to the law and are meeting the needs of their constituents. Stakeholders are encouraged to participate in the process of adopting, amending, or rescinding rules.

State agencies like DODD are also governed by federal regulations and federal codes.

To keep those concerned apprised of rule actions, the Ohio DODD offers a subscription service. Subscribing to these e-mail services ensures that the e-mail recipient receives notification of public hearings regarding proposed rule actions and transmittal memoranda regarding final rule actions. To subscribe, send an e-mail to join-rules-notice@list.dodd.ohio.gov.

The primary areas of the OAC that address residential care facilities are sections 5122-33-01 through 5122-33-27. The Ohio Revised Code (ORC) deals with patient abuse and neglect in sections 109.86 and 2903.33 through 2903.36. Ohio Revised Code Chapter 5119 provides information on the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. Section 5123 addresses various aspects of the Department of Developmental Disabilities and Ohio Revised Code Section 5126 discusses county board of developmental disabilities.

More than 25 rights of residents of adult care facilities (ACF) are outlined in OAC 5122-33-23 which also defines abuse, neglect, exploitation and physical restraint. Residents’ rights include such things as the right to retain and use personal clothing; the right to examine records maintained by the ACF concerning the resident; and the right not to be locked in or out of the facility. Residents have the right to practice a religion of his or her choice or to abstain and have the right not be isolated or to have food or other services withheld for punishment incentive or convenience or if an ACF manager or staff member exceed instructions contained in a mental health care plan.

There are several other rights that should be reviewed by the resident and or his family members.

The rules for conducting background investigations for employees of group homes and other adult care facilities are given in OAC 5122-33-28. The statute includes pre-employment requirements, disqualifying offenses and applies not only to applicants, but owners, operators, managers and prospective operators of care facilities.

Another important area in adult care is the reporting of Major Unusual Incident (MUI), explained thoroughly in Ohio Administrative Code 5123:2-17-02. A MUI is defined as any alleged, suspected, or actual occurrence that adversely affects the health and safety of an individual who may be placed in a likely risk of harm. There are 19 types of incidents defined in the rule that are considered MUIs. There are three categories of incidents and three administrative investigative procedures defined in the rule.

MUIs are reported to the local county Board of Developmental Disabilities which then reports the information to the Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD). The county boards are responsible for taking immediate action to protect individuals from further harm. They are then required to conduct an investigation to determine the cause of the incident and contributing factors. A prevention plan must be developed to reduce the likelihood of future occurrences.

The DODD MUI Registry Unit initially reviews all MUIs to ensure immediate actions and appropriate notifications have been made.

Contact Us To Learn More About These Laws

We always offer people free consultations with one of our experienced attorneys to explain the Ohio laws that are applicable to your situation and answer all your questions. To schedule a free consultation, please call us at 1-888-534-4850, chat with one of our 24-hour live chat representatives or send us a website message.

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