Elderly Abuse & Neglect in Michigan Nursing Home
The Michigan nursing home injury attorneys at Buckfire & Buckfire P.C. represent nursing home residents and their families in lawsuits against nursing homes for elderly abuse and neglect. There are strict laws and regulations to defend the security and well-being of these residents. Regrettably, nursing home residents do not always receive suitable care and the results can be severe or even deadly. When the staff willfully commits an act of abuse or neglect, that person should have known it could cause physical harm, pain or mental anguish.
Individuals 65 and over are increasingly living longer; meaning more individuals living in nursing homes, and consequently an increase in the occurrence of elder abuse and neglect. Unfortunately, the frequency and nature of this growing problem has generally remained hidden. It is imperative that residents and their families become more aware of the many issues surrounding this profound matter.
Types of Abuse & Neglect in a Michigan Nursing Home
- Passive and Active Neglect: With passive and active neglect the caregiver fails to meet the physical, social, or emotional needs of the older person. The difference between active and passive neglect lies in the intent of the caregiver. With active neglect, the caregiver intentionally fails to meet his/her obligations towards the older person. With passive neglect, the failure is unintentional; often the result of caregiver overloads or lack of information concerning appropriate caregiving strategies.
- Physical Abuse: Physical abuse consists of an intentional infliction of physical harm of an older person. The abuse can range from slapping an older adult to beatings to excessive forms of physical restraint (e.g. chaining).
- Material & Financial Abuse: Material and financial abuse consists of the misuse, misappropriation, or exploitation of an older adult’s material (e.g. possessions, property) or monetary assets.
- Psychological Abuse: Psychological or emotional abuse consists of the intentional infliction of mental harm or psychological distress upon the older adult. The abuse can range for insults and verbal assaults to threats of physical harm or isolation.
- Sexual Abuse: Sexual abuse consists of any sexual activity for which the older person does not consent or is incapable of giving consent. The sexual activity can range from exhibitionism to fondling to oral, anal, or vaginal intercourse.
- Violations of Basic Rights: Violations of basic rights is often concomitant with psychological abuse and consists of depriving the older person of the basic rights that are protected under state and federal law ranging from the right of privacy to freedom of religion.
- Self-Neglect: The older person fails to meet their own physical, psychological, or social needs.
Statute of Limitations For Michigan Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect Lawsuits
The statute of limitations for nursing home abuse varies from state to state. There are strict limitations for filing a nursing home abuse lawsuit in Michigan. If you miss a deadline, your claim will be lost forever. To avoid these severe consequences, you should contact the Michigan nursing home abuse lawyers at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. immediately. Our lawyers will start working on your case immediately, reviewing your entire medical chart to gather evidence necessary to prove and win your case.
Contact an Michigan Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Attorney
If your family member suffered from nursing home neglect and abuse, you should contact our Michigan nursing home injury attorneys immediately. Call us now at (800) 606-1717 to speak with one of our experienced attorneys about your case and learn your legal rights! We offer free consultation and will represent you under our No Fee Promise, which means you do not pay any legal fees or costs until the case is settled.