Nursing Home Must Turn Over Reports in Wrongful Death Claim of Ohio Resident

Categories: Nursing Home Litigation

Recently on September 13, 2016, Ohio’s 10th Appellate District held that the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas did not err in ordering a Columbus nursing home to hand over its quality indicator reports and facility key indicator reports in a wrongful death action against the nursing home. (Fravel v. Columbus Rehab. & Subacute Inst., 2016-Ohio-5807.) To read this decision, click here.

In the case, following a two-month hospitalization for a ruptured brain aneurysm, Jack Fravel became a resident of Columbus Rehabilitation and Subacute Institute nursing home in Columbus, Ohio in May, 2013. Unfortunately, Mr. Fravel developed a pressure ulcer that became infected and resulted in his death on January 1, 2014. His son, Richard Fravel, brought suit against the nursing home claiming that his father died due to inadequate care by the nursing home.

On December 12, 2014, Richard Fravel requested important quality indicator reports and facility key indicator reports of the nursing home to support his claim. The nursing home refused, claiming a “peer review privilege.” The trial court ordered the nursing home to produce the reports.  The nursing home appealed the decision.

The 10th District Court of Appeals heard the appeal and concluded that the trial court was correct.  The nursing home reports were not privileged because Columbus Rehabilitation and Subacute Institute did not show that they were those of a peer review committee pursuant to Ohio R.C. 2305.252

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