The nursing home lawyers at the law firm of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. recently filed an Ann Arbor lawsuit for the negligence of a facility and its staff to properly take appropriate safety measures to prevent falls by a high risk resident. As a result of their negligence, the resident died from a fall from his wheelchair.
The Ann Arbor nursing home lawsuit was filed against the facility he was residing at – Glacier Hills Nursing Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. We were contacted by the family of the resident shortly after the incident and filed a claim on their behalf to seek damages under the Michigan Wrongful Death Statute. Compensation sought in the lawsuit include the resident’s pain and suffering from the fall up until the time of his death, medical expenses for his post-fall hospitalization, and damages for the loss of society and companionship suffered by his family as a result of his death.
Based upon his mental and physical conditions, the resident was determined to be a high risk for fall injuries. Glacier Hills was aware of his potential for falling therefore precautions were put into place, including bed and chair alarms. However, at the time of the incident the nursing home resident fell asleep in his wheelchair and fell forward out the chair. As a result of the fall, he struck his head directly on the floor. He was taken to the hospital immediately but was not considered a surgical candidate.
Medical staff at the facility should have properly monitored the resident, and if he was to go unsupervised the facility should have had a lap buddy belt or other restraint to keep him stable in his wheelchair. In addition, his family did consent to the use of bed rails as a fall prevention strategy. Therefore, the nursing home could have put him on bed rest and bed rails could have been put up to prevent injuries. The failure for them to take any of these measures gives rise to a lawsuit against the facility.
Our nursing home lawyers filed the Ann Arbor lawsuit in the Washtenaw County court. No trial date has been set by the court.
There are strict statutes of limitations for filing a claim under the Michigan Wrongful Death Statute. That is why it is important that if you have lost a loved one due to negligence, that you contact our attorneys immediately so that you avoid the severe consequences of never receiving the justice you deserve. For more information on filing a lawsuit or to speak directly to a experienced and qualified attorney about your nursing home case, call our law firm office now at (800) 606-1717. We will answer any questions or concerns that you may have and start investigating your claim immediately. We offer a Free, No Obligation Case Review and we represent our clients under a No Win, No Fee Promise. This means there are no legal fees or costs until you receive a settlement or recovery.