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How To Report Michigan Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect

March 5, 2013 6:15 pm / no comments

Our Michigan based nursing home resident abuse attorneys investigate cases on behalf of the families of nursing home residents who suspect that their loved one is suffering from abuse and neglect.  Nursing homes are responsible to provide the best possible care for your loved one, when they fail to do that, your loved one may suffer from nursing home abuse and neglect.

Signs That Your Loved One May Be Experiencing Abuse & Neglect

In many cases, an abused elder is totally dependent on the abuser and is afraid to complain for fear of reprisal. There are a number of signs, however, that indicate abuse or neglect may be occurring at the nursing home your family member resides in.

Physical Abuse:

  • Frequent injuries such as bruises, cuts, black eyes or bums are signs of abuse, especially when the caretaker cannot adequately explain how they happened
  • Frequent complaints of pain without obvious injury
  • Bums or bruises in an unusual pattern that may indicate the use of instruments, cigarettes, or similar items
  • Passive, withdrawn, and emotionless behavior
  • Lack of reaction to pain
  • Reports of physical abuse

Sexual Abuse:

  • Physical signs of sexually transmitted diseases
  • Evidence of injury to the genital area
  • Difficulty in sitting or walking
  • Fear of being alone with caretakers
  • Reports of sexual assault

Neglect:

  • Obvious malnutrition
  • Lack of personal cleanliness
  • Habitually dressed in tom or dirty clothes
  • Obvious fatigue and listlessness
  • Begs for food
  • In need of medical or dental care
  • Left unattended for long periods of time
  • Reports of neglect

If you believe that your loved one is experiencing one or more of these signs of abuse and neglect, it is imperative that you report it immediately!

How To Report Abuse & Neglect At A Michigan Nursing Home

 Below is a list of important steps to take if you suspect abuse or neglect is happening at the Michigan nursing home your loved one resides in.

  1. Immediately report the incident, verbally or by letter, to the administrator, social worker, director of nursing, or the nurse in charge of the health care facility.
  2. Immediately report the incident to the Michigan Department of Community Health, the State Police, and/or the local police or Sheriff’s Department.
  3. Obtain photographs of the physical injury and make a written statement detailing:
  • What you observed
  • When you observed it
  • Who was present
  • Any other important information

Department of Attorney General

Health Care Fraud Division

PO Box 30218,
Lansing, MI 48909
Hotline: 800-24-ABUSE (800-242-2873)
Fax: 517-241-1029,
www.michigan.gov/ag
email: hcf@michigan.gov
 
Department of Community Health
Bureau of Health Systems Complaint Intake Unit
PO Box 30664
Lansing, MI 48909
Hotline: 800-882-6006

No Fee Promise For Michigan Abuse & Neglect Residents

Our Michigan elder abuse and neglect lawyers will represent you in your Michigan elder abuse and neglect case under our No Fee Promise. This means that you will not be charged any legal fees whatsoever unless we obtain a settlement or recovery for you. You have absolutely no obligation for legal fees unless we win your case. If we do not obtain a settlement for you, you owe us nothing!

Our Michigan Abuse and Neglect Attorneys Will Fight For You!

If your family member suffered from elder abuse or neglect, you should contact our Michigan elder abuse and neglect attorneys immediately. Call us now at (800) 606-1717 to speak with one of our experienced Michigan elder abuse and neglect attorneys about your case.

 

 

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