Nursing home abuse and neglect describe a situation in which a nursing home care provider failed to treat a patient at a reasonable standard expected from a care provider under those conditions. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, 65.5 percent of abuse was done by a male stranger, compared to 29.2 percent being females. In addition, 86.6 percent of abuses by a male friend or male acquaintance occur, compared to 40 percent that are female. These statistics are frightening, but true.
Our Michigan nursing home abuse lawyers handle cases involving nursing home negligence for residents who suffer injuries and resident’s family members who have lost a loved one in a Michigan health care facility such as a nursing home, hospital, adult foster care facilities, and assisted living facilities.
How To Prevent Nursing Home Abuse
As a resource to our clients, the attorneys at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. have provided a few tips on what you can do to prevent patient abuse in a nursing home. These tips include:
- Report suspected mistreatment to the police.
- Keep in contact with the elderly (give them a chance to talk about any difficulties they may be go through).
- Be mindful of the likelihood of abuse.
- Contact your local Area Agency on Aging office to see what local programs are at your disposal.
- Volunteer at the Michigan nursing home in which your loved one is residing at.
Our nursing home abuse attorneys also recommend clients to read “Preventing Resident Abuse and Neglect in Health Care Facilities” by the Michigan Office of the Attorney General. In this article, many frequently asked questions are answered, such as what is criminal abuse and neglect, which facilities such as nursing home, hospitals, and assisted living facilities are subject to investigation, and how you can protect a loved one who has become a victim of nursing home abuse and neglect.
Every state has variations on the law, but Michigan has very specific laws and rules on suing a nursing home for neglect or abuse. The failure to follow these exact rules can prevent a claim from being filed or can result in a lawsuit being dismissed.
If you or a family member suffered from nursing home neglect and abuse, you should contact the Michigan nursing home abuse and neglect law firm of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. immediately. Call us now at (800) 606-1717 to speak with one of our experienced nursing home abuse lawyers about your Michigan case. We will start working on your case immediately gathering all the evidence and witness statements to win and settle your case.