Elder Abuse Attorneys Discuss Staff Members Abusing Their Residents

A woman charged in June with abuse of a patient at a New Lisbon nursing home waived her right to the preliminary hearing.  Juneau County Circuit Judge, John Roemer, scheduled arraignment for March 5 for 50-year-old Ginger S. Newlun.

Newlun faces felony counts of abuse of a patient and aggravated battery for alleged incidents at Crest View Nursing Home in New Lisbon.  A nursing home employee told authorities that two certified nursing assistants at the home had reported that Newlun had been abusing an 86-year-old resident.  One of the two certified nursing assistants told police that she had seen Newlun verbally and physically abuses the resident.  A second nursing assistant told authorities she had seen Newlun abuse the resident over a period of months and reported overhearing Newlun threaten to break the resident’s fingers, among other things.

Elder abuse is all too common in nursing home facilities.  When a nursing home facility does not treat their elderly patients at a practical standard, which is expected, they are commenting elder abuse.  Elder abuse can cause patients to suffer dangerous injuries.

Different Types of Elder Abuse

Elder abuse can occur in many different ways. Below are the most common types of elder abuse.

  • Physical Abuse
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Neglect
  • Exploitation
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Abandonment
  • Self-neglect

Elder Abuse Warning Signs

If you suspect that the nursing home your loved one resides is abusing him or her, there are common warning signs you can look for.  A few of these warning sign are listed below.

  • Bruises
  • Pressure Marks
  • Broken Bones
  • Unexplained Withdrawal from normal activities and/or unusual depression
  • Bedsores
  • Poor hygiene
  • Unattended medical needs
  • Unusual weight loss

Our Michigan elder abuse lawyers represent nursing home residents and their families in lawsuits against nursing homes and residential care facilities. When an elderly person moves into a nursing home, the family places a tremendous amount of trust in the facility and its staff. If the patient is injured or dies due to improper treatment and neglect, that person or his or her family should explore taking action against the facility.

Contact a Michigan Elder Abuse Attorney

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

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