Just because serious injury or death occurred at a nursing home does not always mean that negligence has occurred. However, unfortunately more often than not, when a nursing home patient suffers significant harm or death it is a result of nursing home neglect.
Some of the most common types of nursing home neglect and abuse include, but not limited to, bedsores and pressure sores, sepsis and nursing home infections, medication errors or mistakes, fall injuries, dehydration and malnutrition, elopement and more.
As the elderly population in the United States grows, the number of adults entering nursing care facilities and assisted living communities has been growing. To accommodate the growing need of nursing homes and assisted living care, the nursing home industry has expanded rapidly, and unfortunately resulting in many facilities either not having enough staff to ratio of residents, and/or staff not having the correct training or experience. However, even though the industry is growing, this does not leave excuse for a nursing home to have an inexperienced staff or not enough staff working at the facility to ensure proper care and treatment of those patients residing at the home. In fact, when a patient suffers from significant injuries or is killed due to the fact that they were treated unproperly or not overseen due to lack in staff, this is considered negligence, and the patient and his or her family may have the legal right to pursue a Michigan nursing home lawsuit against the facility.
Understaffing is just one of the multiple factors that lead to possible injuries and death to nursing home patients. Other common factors that cause nursing home injuries and death and are a result of neglect include:
- Debris on the floor or wet spots caused by spills or leaks that cause a patient to slip and fall
- Inattentive or untrained staff who do not remember or know how to check on residents – this can lead to multiple resulting injuries as well as a patient wandering away from the home
- Inappropriate dosing of medications provided by untrained medical staff
- Staff does not turn a patient in bed or wheelchair resulting in bedsores or pressure sores
- Fall from bed due to defective bed rails or bed rails not being put up by staff
- Failure to properly monitor a patient while eating or drinking causing severe burn injuries
Filing a Michigan Nursing Home Neglect Lawsuit
At the law firm of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. there is several things that our nursing home lawyers do before we even file a lawsuit on behalf of the patient. First, we will fully investigate the case to prove that your injury or the death of your loved one occurred due to fact that the Michigan nursing home was negligent or neglected the patient. We will also gather all pertinent medical records involved in the resident’s care, as well as any investigation reports by a responsible public health agency. These reports will often help us in identifying the specific acts of abuse, neglect, or negligence that caused the injury or death.
Once all records and reports have been collected and reviewed we will then determine whether or not you have legal basis to file a claim against the nursing home for negligent care. If you do have a case, we will then serve the facility with a Notice of Intent to File Suit, and after six months if they do not reply (by law the facility gets six months to respond), we then file a lawsuit.
Contact Your Michigan Nursing Home Lawyer
If you suspect that your injuries or the death of your loved one is due to negligence of the nursing home facility and its staff, call our top rated attorneys today at (800) 606-1717 to discuss your case. Our lawyers have significant experience in these types of cases and a track record of winning sizeable settlement for our clients. We offer a free, no obligation consultation and will represent you under our No Fee Promise which means no legal fees or costs until we win or settle your case.