Dropped residents and patients in Michigan nursing homes occur with unfortunate frequency and often cause significant injury and harm to the patient or resident. These drops often occur when residents are being transferred from a bed to a wheelchair, from a wheelchair to a bed, or to and from a toilet. Resident drops can be the result of a staff member using the wrong technique to transfer the resident or from attempting to do the transfer without the assistance of a second staff member. Insufficient staffing is a common reason for this problem.
The nursing home negligence lawyers at our law firm frequently pursue dropped patient lawsuits on behalf of these seriously injured patients. When a nursing home patient is dropped by the staff during a transfer or at any other time, the patient and his family can pursue a lawsuit against the facility for the injuries suffered by the resident. These lawsuits often result in substantial settlements because the injuries are often serious and require surgery. In cases involving the death of a resident, a wrongful death lawsuit can be filed.
According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about 1,800 older adults living in nursing homes die every year from falls. About 10% to 20% of nursing home falls cause serious injury to the patient. When a patient is dropped during a transfer, the injuries suffered can be magnified even more because the patient is completely unprepared for the fall and lands in a totally unprotected position.
Common Reasons for Dropped Residents in Michigan Nursing Homes
Most nursing home residents are dropped by staff members during routine transfer. The most common types of transfers that result in a resident being dropped are:
- Dropped during a transfer fom a bed to wheelchair
- Dropped during a transfer from a wheelchair to a bed
- Dropped during a transfer to and from a wheelchair to shower or bath
- Dropped while moving a resident on or off a toilet
- Dropped from being transferred from one chair to another chair
- Dropped from being transferred in or out of a transportation vehicle
- Dropped from a Hoyer Lift during a transfer
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Statute of Limitations For Michigan Nursing Home Neglect Lawsuits
The statute of limitations for nursing home neglect varies from state to state. There are strict limitations for filing a nursing home abuse lawsuit. If you miss a deadline, your claim will be lost forever. To avoid these severe consequences, you should contact the Michigan nursing home neglect 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 a Michigan Nursing Home Neglect Lawyer
Patients dropped in Michigan nursing homes due to neglect do have legal rights, and should contact our nursing home negligence lawyers immediately. Call us now at (800) 606-1717 to speak with one of our experienced Michigan nursing home neglect lawyers about your case. We do not charge any legal fees whatsover unless you receive a settlement.