The lawyers of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. represent victims of nursing home abuse and neglect, obtaining the highest settlements for injured patients and their families. Recently, one of our top rated Buckfire Law attorneys, Daniel Buckfire, came across a compilation by ProPublica that reported at least half a dozen nursing homes in Oakland County received the worst possible rating for compliance to state and federal regulations. One of the care facilities included in this report is Farmington Health Care Center located in Farmington, Michigan.
Nursing home abuse and neglect describes a situation in which a nursing home care provider failed to treat a patient at a reasonable standard expected from a care provider, and as a result the patient suffers injuries or death. Common causes of nursing home abuse and neglect include:
- Failure to turn or move immobile patients
- Failure to bathe patients
- Failure to supervise or monitor patients
- Monitor nutrition and hydration/dehydration
- Verbal abuse or residents
- Reduced staff-patient ratios
Farmington Health Care Center accommodates 124 residents and provides treatment to individuals who are recovering from surgery or illness, require concentrated rehabilitation, who need continuous nursing care, or who just need a short-term respite stay. Services they provide include: skilled nursing, rehabilitation specialty services, hospice care, short-term/respite stays, Alzheimer’s and memory support services, and they have a pulmonary/ventilator unit.
Violations against Farmington Health Care Center include:
- “Exposing” a resident, showing her “entire bedside and extremities.” She was also left several times alone while exposed and it was noted staff failed to properly wash their hands and use gloves.
- Rights of a married couple were denied when the facility refused to allow them to share a room at their request. Also, a social worker did not investigate the complaint filed by the couple after the incident.
- A unit manager and CNA (certified nursing assistant) used their hands to forcibly restrain a patient who didn’t want an injection.
Victims of nursing home abuse or neglect can file a lawsuit. However, in order to sue for a nursing home neglect case in Michigan, you must be able to prove a care provider or facility was negligent, and their negligence led directly to your injury. The process is very complex and requires an experienced Michigan nursing home neglect lawyer.
If you or a loved has been neglected or abuse while in a Michigan nursing home, you should contact an attorney immediately to learn your rights. The experienced lawyers of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. handle these types of cases frequently and represent clients under our NO FEE promise. Call our office today at (800) 606-1717 for a free consultation with one of our top-rated Buckfire lawyers.