Nursing Home Injuries

Michigan Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers

Do You Need a Lawyer for a Nursing Home Injury?

The Nursing Home Reform Act of 1987 requires that nursing homes and long-term care facilities that receive federal funds must provide care for each resident that promotes maintenance or enhancement of quality of life.

In addition, nursing home residents have a right to “a dignified existence, self-determination, and communication with and access to persons and services inside and outside of the facility.” However, over 91% of the nursing homes in the U.S. have insufficient nurse aide staffing levels to provide the necessary care to residents.

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If your loved one suffered abuse or neglect in a nursing home, call (888) 211-5798 or submit an online form.

Grewal Law Fights for Nursing Home Residents

At Grewal Law PLLC, we represent nursing home residents who have been the victims of abuse or neglect resulting in serious injury. We also represent families of elderly loved ones who have died as a result of injuries sustained in nursing homes or under the care of a professional nursing facility.

Our team of Michigan nursing home abuse lawyers have over 100 years of combined experience and have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our clients. When you need a dedicated legal advocate to fight for your rights, turn to Grewal Law today!

Examples of Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect

Almost one in every three nursing homes in the United States has been cited for an abuse or violation, with falls being the leading cause of injury-related deaths in elderly Americans.

Nursing home abuse and neglect can take many forms. It can be physical, mental, emotional, sexual, or financial in nature. In nearly every instance, the impact of nursing home abuse and/or neglect is extensive and far-reaching.

At Grewal Law PLLC, we represent clients in all types of nursing home abuse and neglect claims, including those involving:

  • Bed sores/decubitus ulcers
  • Malnourishment and dehydration
  • Insufficient or lack of supervision
  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Medication mistakes, including overdoses
  • Infections
  • Mental, emotional, and sexual abuse of nursing home residents by staff or fellow residents
  • Failure to provide adequate medical care or recognize medical emergencies and injuries
  • Financial abuse of nursing home residents
  • Physical abuse by nursing home employees or other residents

If you are the victim of nursing home abuse or you suspect your loved one is suffering from neglect in a professional nursing home facility, contact a Michigan nursing home abuse attorney right away. It is important that you act quickly so that we can start building a case on your behalf.

Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

In many cases, elderly victims of nursing home abuse/neglect are not able or not willing to speak up for themselves. This makes them vulnerable targets for abuse and neglect. It also means that you should be aware of the signs of abuse and neglect so that you can take swift action at the first hint of improper conduct.

Some of the most common signs of nursing home abuse and/or neglect include:

  • Unexplained injuries, such as bruises, cuts, or broken bones
  • Bed sores, also known as decubitus or pressure ulcers
  • Asphyxiation and other bed injuries
  • Broken hips and other injuries sustained in falls
  • Signs of malnutrition and/or dehydration
  • Rapid weight loss or weight gain
  • Unsanitary sheets, blankets, and/or clothes
  • Over- or under-medicated nursing home residents
  • Sudden, unexplained changes in behavior or mood
  • Unusual agitation, withdrawal, or isolation
  • Wandering and/or elopement
  • Unusual withdrawals from a bank account
  • Changes to a will or trust
  • Injuries requiring immediate emergency hospitalization

If you notice any of these signs or any other indicators of abuse or neglect (including a gut feeling that something is “not right”), reach out to an experienced nursing home abuse lawyer in Michigan. Our firm can help you determine your legal options and fight to protect your rights.

Contact us online or by phone at (888) 211-5798 for a complimentary and confidential case evaluation.

Nursing Home Abuse FAQ:

What should you do if you suspect nursing home abuse or neglect?

If you suspect nursing home abuse or neglect, it is important to take the following steps:

  • Ensure the immediate safety and well-being of the resident.
  • Document any signs or evidence of abuse or neglect, such as taking photos or writing down details.
  • Report your suspicions to the appropriate authorities, such as the nursing home administration, local adult protective services, or law enforcement.
  • Seek legal advice from our Michigan nursing home abuse attorneys to understand your rights and explore your legal options.

Who can be held responsible for nursing home abuse?

Various parties can be held responsible for nursing home abuse, including:

  • The nursing home facility itself, as it has a duty to provide a safe and secure environment for its residents.
  • Individual staff members, including nurses, aides, administrators, or other employees, who directly engage in or fail to prevent abuse or neglect.
  • Third-party contractors or service providers who work in the nursing home and contribute to the abuse or neglect.

What types of compensation can you seek in a nursing home abuse case?

In a nursing home abuse case, you may seek various types of compensation, including:

  • Medical expenses: Compensation for any medical treatment, rehabilitation, therapy, or medications related to the abuse or neglect.
  • Pain and suffering: Damages for physical pain, emotional distress, mental anguish, or loss of enjoyment of life caused by the abuse or neglect.
  • Punitive damages: In cases of extreme negligence or intentional misconduct, punitive damages may be awarded to punish the responsible party and deter similar behavior.
  • Relocation costs: Compensation for moving the resident to a new facility or providing alternate care arrangements.
  • Legal fees: Reimbursement for attorney fees and related legal expenses.

The specific types and amounts of compensation depend on the facts of the case, the extent of the harm suffered, and applicable laws. Consulting with a Michigan nursing home abuse attorney is crucial to understand the potential compensation available in your specific situation.