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Elopement Lawsuit Filed Against Michigan Nursing Home - Wandering Dementia Resident

We recently filed a Michigan nursing home neglect lawsuit against a Rochester Hills skilled nursing care facility on behalf of a patient who attempted to wander from the facility.  The resident was recently admitted to the facility from a local hospital with a diagnosis of dementia and other conditions.  She was identified by the facility as an elopement risk due to her medical factors which made her a risk to wander from the facility.

During the first few days of her admission, she attempted to walk away from the nursing home on several occasions.  She was a resident on the second floor and had entered the elevator with her belongings on the date of the incident while expressing her intent to leave and go home.  She was placed back into her room and left unattended.  Shortly thereafter, she left her room and walked down the hall to another resident's room, opened the window, and climbed out.  She fell two stories to the parking lot and suffered serious orthopedic fractures which required multiple surgeries.

The lawsuit alleges that the facility was negligent for failing to develop and implement an appropriate elopement care plan and failed to properly supervise the resident.  It also alleges that the facility had an inadequate staff to resident ratio which affected the ability to monitor the resident.  The suit also alleges that the facility was unsafe because it did not have window alarms and other safety devices on the windows that would prevent a patient from climbing out the window, which are violations of nursing home safety standards.

The suit was filed in the Oakland County Circuit Court and seeks damages for pain and suffering, medical expenses, and other damages permissible under Michigan law.  No trial date has been set by the court.

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