When a nursing home fails to protect and care for your loved one, you can hold them accountable by filing a medical malpractice lawsuit. Doing so empowers you to tell your loved one’s story, prevent further abuse, and seek the compensation and justice your family deserves for what they went through.

At Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C., our experienced legal team firmly believes abusive and negligent practices within long-term care facilities are unacceptable. A Kalamazoo nursing home abuse lawyer from our firm can fight for you and your family to help stop these egregious practices. Instead of managing a legal claim alone, you can place that burden with us so you and your loved one can focus on recovering.

Common Types of Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse

Despite numerous laws in place to protect nursing home residents, negligent facilities and abusive staff members still operate throughout the United States. The types of harm they inflict can include the following:

  • Emotional, physical, or sexual abuse
  • Failing to give the resident their medications
  • Intentionally giving the resident a high dose of a sedative without a medical reason for doing so
  • Not caring for hygienic needs, such as baths or bathroom breaks
  • Preventing the resident from contacting their loved ones
  • Stealing or other forms of financial harm
  • Allowing bedsores, UTIs, and other infections to go untreated, resulting in sepsis
  • Leaving residents unattended
  • Not preventing walk-aways or wandering
  • Not taking preventative measures to eliminate falls

Loved ones who encounter worrying signs, such as unexplained bruises or other wounds, mood changes, or uncharacteristic last-minute cancellations of family visits, may want to talk to a Kalamazoo nursing home abuse attorney about their rights. Unfortunately, these signs may indicate that the resident is in an abusive or neglectful environment. Our team can gather more information about the facility, the staff, and the loved ones’ concerns to determine if foul play is taking place.

Compensation in Nursing Home Abuse Cases

In a successful lawsuit, the courts may order negligent nursing homes to compensate victims and their families for the financial and subjective costs of the abuse or neglect. In rare cases, residents may recover punitive damages if they prove that the nursing home or its staff intentionally harmed them or acted maliciously.

Under Michigan law, victims can recover economic damages, including reimbursement for medical expenses, property damage, and money that was stolen by the staff. Those who have suffered from nursing home abuse can also recover non-economic damages to recoup their emotional, psychological, and social losses, including pain and suffering, PTSD, and a loss of enjoyment of life.

It is important to note that the law places a $280,000 limit on the amount of noneconomic damages residents can receive. However, those who suffer catastrophic injuries may be entitled to up to $500,000. A nursing home attorney in Kalamazoo has extensive experience calculating and negotiating settlements to encompass all aspects of abuse and can help residents and their families maximize the compensation they may be eligible to receive.

Call a Kalamazoo Nursing Home Abuse Attorney for Help

Entrust a skilled nursing facility to provide for your loved one’s wellbeing, only to find they engage in abusive or negligent practices can fill you with devastation.  But there is hope. Filing a lawsuit with the assistance of a Kalamazoo nursing home abuse lawyer provides a pathway for closure and justice.

Contact our team today to speak with a dedicated advocate to learn more about how we can help.

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