Michigan personal injury lawyers handling nursing home abuse and neglect cases investigate cases in which a nursing home resident wanders from a room to somewhere else in the facility or even out of the facility itself. Disoriented and confused patients often become injured by falling down steps or suffer serious injuries when they actually walk away from the nursing home and wander away, becoming lost. There have been some cases in which a resident leaves the facility and freezes to death in the cold winter.
In these circumstances, the nursing home and its employees are often negligent and can be held accountable for the injuries suffered by the resident. The nursing home must properly monitor the patient to prevent the patient from wandering away from the floor, or building, and most facilities have alarms that sound when a patient tries to wander out of a back door. Nursing homes are not allowed to restrain patients all the time to prevent wandering, but there are circumstances and times that this is appopriate. The facility and nursing staff must have the patient properly assessed to determine if the patient is a risk to wander from the floor or outside the facility.
Patients who suffer injuries due to wandering from and in nursing homes do have legal rights. The patient, or most typically a concerned family member, should contact our firm after a fall accident to investigate the cause of the accident. These injuries are often not well-documented by the facility or the staff and it is necessary to do a full investigation, especially because the patient does not always the ability to remember or describe the incident.
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