Dementia Residents Abused in Michigan Nursing Home

Our Michigan nursing home neglect lawyers represent families and their residents who suffer from dementia and have been abused in a Michigan nursing home. Whether it is sexual, physical, or emotional abuse, all are forms of nursing home neglect.  Often times, cases are brought to our experienced Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. lawyers by concerned family members who suspect abuse or have seen warning signs of abuse arise. We have significant experience in these types of cases and have a top team of attorneys and legal staff that specialize in nursing home neglect and abuse.

For residents who suffer from dementia, abuse is quite common in a nursing home. In fact, recent studies have shown dementia patients are more likely to suffer some sort of abuse than patients with other diseases. Dementia is a memory disease that can be 10 times more serve than Alzheimer’s disease. With aging it is expected that memory loss will occur, however, dementia is beyond what a normal person should suffer while getting older. Many of times a patient who suffers from dementia and is abused, will not remember or cannot recall the incident.

Buckfire & Buckfire P.C nursing home abuse attorneys can assist in your legal needs if your loved one suffers from Dementia and is being abused. It is unacceptable that your loved one suffers from physical, emotional, or any form of sexual abuse under the care of a Michigan nursing home. The nursing home is liable for both the mental and physical injuries suffered due to the disrespect from staff members or other residents, and if abuse occurs, it may give rise to a Michigan nursing home neglect lawsuit.

Why Are Dementia Patients At Risk For Abuse in Michigan Nursing Home?

Dementia is permanent and progressively worsens in a rapid amount of time. It is a mental illness that causes hallucinations, memory loss, delirium, delusions and severe emotional changes. The psychosis state usually lasts a few days or even a few weeks. Patients can become argumentative or can be in a sedative state, therefore, physicians, staff members, or other residents who abuse these types of residents choose them because of these characteristics. These residents are unable to properly communicate the abuse and negligence they suffer.

Sign of Abuse Among Dementia Residents in Michigan Nursing Homes

Unfortunately prevention is not always possible, but being aware of signs can help your loved ones with Dementia. Below are the different types of abuse and signs that indicate that abuse may be happening to your loved one.

Signs of Physical Abuse:

  • Welts
  • Swelling
  • Cuts
  • Scrapes
  • Bite marks
  • Bedsores
  • Swelling around extremities

Signs of Emotional Abuse:

  • Detachment
  • Depression
  • Isolation among others
  • Crying
  • Sudden Mood Changes

Signs of Sexual Abuse:

  • Does not like to be touched
  • Bruising near rectal region
  • Injuries near or in the genital area
  • Bruising between the thighs

Another form of abuse besides emotional, physical, and sexual abuse can include financial exploitation. Patients with severe mental illness like dementia might be more willing to sign away life documents and money to strangers.

Contact a Michigan Nursing Home Abuse Attorney

There is no way to prevent dementia, and while there is no cure, medications can help control the symptoms. That does not mean your family member should be abused. Dementia itself is a horrible disease that can hurt your family, as it is worse than many other memory diseases. You and your family do not need to suffer more because your family member was sexually, emotionally or physically abused.  Contact us directly at (800) 606 – 1717 to speak with one of our experienced Michigan nursing home abuse attorneys. We will start working on your case immediately and seek the compensation you deserve.  Contact us today for you free consolation!

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