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Do you have a loved one in a nursing home who has suffered abuse or neglect? At Jay Trucks and Associates, our nursing home abuse lawyers are dedicated to holding abusive or neglectful staff members and others accountable for their actions. We understand nursing home residents may have mental or physical conditions that make it difficult to speak up and they may have also been threatened by their abusers and can help to build a robust argument for your damages claim.

… Your staff was very helpful and was constantly in touch. I’m grateful and very pleased with the outcome.
– J. Yorch

We have been representing injured victims throughout Michigan for decade and during that time, we have successfully recovered more than $500 million in compensation for our clients. Founder Jay F. Trucks is an active member of the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association.

If your loved one suffered abuse or neglect at his or her long-term care facility, we want to help. We offer a free, no-obligation nursing home abuse consultation to review the specifics of your claim and discuss your legal options. If you have a case and we represent you, there are no upfront costs. Since we operate on contingency, you pay us nothing unless we obtain compensation on your loved one’s behalf.

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How Do I Prove Nursing Home Abuse?

It is challenging to establish nursing home abuse or neglect without legal help. Our trusted attorneys have extensive knowledge of the laws that are designed to protect your loved one, and we know how to investigate a potential case of abuse or neglect, gather strong evidence to support your claim and pursue financial compensation for the damages your loved one suffered.

Some important considerations that help us to determine if your case has merit include:

Our lawyers will have to prove that the nursing home was negligent in upholding its duty of care to your loved one, this breach led to the harm your loved one suffered, and this harm caused damages, financial and otherwise.

At Jay Trucks and Associates, we understand how to thoroughly investigate incidents of nursing home abuse or neglect, and if you have a case, we are prepared to help you gather the evidence needed to build a strong argument on behalf of your loved one.

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Who Can Be Liable for Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect?

There are many parties who may share liability in a case of nursing home abuse or neglect. Each case is unique and frequently complex because of the number of people involved in the care of your loved one. Potentially liable parties could include:

  • Administrators in charge of overseeing staff and day-to-day operations
  • Staff nurses who provide direct care
  • Facility caregivers or assistants
  • Attending physicians or other medical staff
  • Third-party vendors, contractors or guests who may gain access to residents

Can I Get Compensation for A Case of Nursing Home Abuse?

If you have an eligible case, our experienced Lansing nursing home abuse lawyers are prepared to help you recover damages for the harm your loved one suffered. The type of compensation he or she may be eligible to receive could provide for:

  • Emergency vehicle transportation
  • In-patient hospital stays
  • Surgical interventions
  • Prescription medication
  • Doctor appointments
  • Physical and rehabilitation therapy
  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder

If your loved one suffered harm due to malicious or egregious negligence, our Lansing nursing home abuse attorneys may also be able pursue compensation for exemplary damages. These are not the same as punitive damages that other states may award to punish offenders. Exemplary damages are different in that they are intended as further compensation to the injured victim for the heinous harm, pain and suffering inflicted on them.

Contact our firm today to learn how to get started: (800) 762-8623

What Rights Protect Nursing Home Residents in Michigan?

There are federal laws that protect nursing home residents across the U.S. Your loved one is also protected by regulations outlined in Michigan Compiled Laws Section 333.20201. These laws provide many different types of protection, including, but not limited to, the right to:

If your loved one suffered any violation of these or other protected rights under federal or state laws, you may be able to bring a nursing home abuse or neglect lawsuit to recover damages.

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What Type of Abuse Happens in Nursing Homes?

Abuse takes many forms, and in a nursing home or long-term care facility, the most commonly seen types of abuse include:

Physical Abuse

Physical abuse refers to any type of incident that involves physical violence against a nursing home resident, which could include:

  • Pinching
  • Slapping
  • Punching
  • Kicking
  • Biting
  • Burning
  • Shoving
  • Tripping

If you see unexplained bruising on your loved one, accompanied by frequent cuts, burn marks or broken bones, then it is important to find out what happened. If your loved one seems unwilling or afraid to talk about it, report the injuries to administrators immediately. While some injuries may have a reasonable explanation, it is important to review the medical records to see what is being documented.

Psychological or Verbal Abuse

Sometimes facilities that are negligent in their hiring of staff may unknowingly engage the services of employees with a history of abusive behavior. This could include incidents where residents get harassed, called names or humiliated in front of others. Abusive caregivers use this kind of treatment to intimidate and control residents.

Residents suffering this type of emotional abuse may display atypical behavior, such as becoming withdrawn, anxious and fearful. Others become so depressed that it affects their appetite. If you see any extreme or unexplained mood changes in your loved one, it may be a sign that they are suffering from some form of psychological abuse.

Sexual Abuse

This type of abuse refers to any incident where a resident is forced to endure unwanted sexual contact. This type of abuse could include forcing a resident to perform a sexual act, rape, or photographing a resident in a compromising position and sharing it with others or on social media.

Signs that a resident may have suffered sexual abuse includes:

  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Bloody sheets or torn clothing
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Experiencing discomfort or pain when sitting
  • Genital bruising

How To Report a Case of Michigan Nursing Home Abuse

In an emergency, call 9-1-1. Having the police investigate the situation creates an official record and helps get your loved one out of harm’s way.

It is also important to report the incident to those in charge of the nursing home, such as a director or administrator. Many of those who are employed by a nursing home are mandated reporters of abuse, which means if they are aware of an incident of suspected abuse, neglect or financial fraud, they are legally required to report it to Adult Protective Services.

You can also report the incident yourself through the Bureau of Health Services Hotline for Abuse at 800-882-6006.

Filing Deadline for Nursing Home Abuse Claim

As with any personal injury claim, it is important to be aware of Michigan’s strict statute of limitations, or deadline for filing a claim. Typically, this is three years from either the date of the injury or date of discovery. There are some exceptions to this deadline that could require you to file significantly sooner, but your attorney can explain what deadline applies in your situation when you meet to discuss whether you have an eligible claim.

If you miss your filing deadline, you may lose the opportunity to pursue a claim to recover damages on your loved one’s behalf.

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Contact a Lansing Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Today

If your loved one suffered harm because he or she was subjected to some form of nursing home abuse or neglect, we are prepared to help.

Our qualified attorneys can review the details of your potential claim and answer any questions you may have about the legal process. We are dedicated to holding the perpetrators of abuse and neglect financially accountable for their actions and pursuing maximum compensation on behalf of your loved one.

At Jay Trucks and Associates, we have decades of experience and have obtained millions in compensation for injured victims throughout Michigan. We take nursing home abuse and neglect cases on contingency, which means no upfront fees are due. We do not get paid for our services unless we first achieve a recovery for you.

Free Consultation: (800) 762-8623.

Entrusting your loved one’s care to a nursing home can be a difficult decision to make. You expect that he or she will be treated with dignity and respect under this type of care. Unfortunately, nursing home abuse happens far too often.

Without Jay Trucks, I don’t know what I would have done. Mr. Trucks has been great and helped me through all of this. Thank you very much…
– J. Emmons

If your loved one is a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, you may be eligible to recover compensation for pain and suffering, medical costs and other losses on his or her behalf.

At Jay Trucks & Associates, we understand the many challenges families face after discovering a loved one was abused or neglected in a nursing home. We are dedicated to protecting the rights of the elderly in Michigan, and our firm has more than a 30-year history of recovering over $500 million in compensation for the injured victims we have represented.

Set up your free consultation with a Grand Rapids nursing home abuse attorney today to learn how we may be able to help you. Our services are provided at no upfront cost to you. We only collect payment if we help you obtain compensation.

Call us at (800) 762-8623 to learn more about your legal options.

Do I Have a Case for Nursing Home Abuse?

In any nursing home abuse or neglect case, you must be able to prove that an injury is directly connected to the negligence of the nursing home or its staff. All claims must be verified and backed up with solid evidence. This can be very difficult to establish without the help of an experienced attorney on your side.

At Jay Trucks & Associates, our consultations are completely free and confidential. Should you have a case, our legal team is well-versed in proving negligence. This requires showing that a duty of care was owed to your loved one, his or her rights were violated resulting in a breach of this duty, and your loved one suffered harm as a result.

Negligent behavior that often leads to nursing home abuse includes:

A qualified Grand Rapids nursing home abuse lawyer from our firm is prepared to collect medical reports, witness statements, photographic evidence of injuries, and fully investigate what happened, including any previous claims of abuse or neglect against the facility or its staff to help build a strong case.

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Potential Liable Parties for Abuse or Neglect

There are different individuals and facilities that could be legally liable for nursing home abuse or neglect, depending on your loved one’s particular circumstances. Some of these parties may include, but are not limited to the nursing home, nurses, caregivers, and other staff members.

A nursing home may be held liable if the facility failed to take preventative measures to ensure the safety of its residents, such as hiring properly trained and qualified employees, adequately monitoring staff or providing sufficient security on the premises.

Nurses, caregivers and staff members could also be held responsible for delivering inadequate care, overmedicating residents or failing to monitor residents, especially those who wander.

Nursing homes and other long-term care facilities also have a legal obligation to protect its residents from abuse by a third party, such as a contractor, medical supplier, maintenance crew, or another resident’s guest. If a resident is injured by any of these individuals, the facility could be found liable for inadequate security.

Damages Recoverable for Nurse Home Abuse

Every case is unique so the type and amount of damages available will depend on the injuries your loved one sustained, both physically and psychologically. Victims of nursing home abuse and their families may generally be eligible to recover compensation for the following damages:

  • Prescription medications
  • Doctor’s office visit bills
  • Hospitalization bills
  • Emergency services
  • Surgery
  • Physical therapy
  • Cost of transportation for medical appointments
  • Counseling
  • Physical pain
  • Mental suffering
  • Loss of quality of life

In cases where a resident is the victim of egregious, malicious, or despicable behavior, our Grand Rapids nursing home abuse lawyers may be able to help seek compensation for exemplary damages. These damages are comparable to punitive damages other states may award, however exemplary damages are awarded to the victim as opposed to punitive damages which punish the wrongdoer. Our firm is committed to pursuing the maximum compensation for your loved one.

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Nursing Home Residents’ Rights

Nursing home residents have certain rights protected under federal law and state law. Michigan residents in these facilities have a legal right to the following:

Learn more about your loved one’s rights by calling (800) 762-8623.

Types of Nursing Home Abuse Our Firm Handles

There are several types of abuse in nursing homes that range in severity. Our legal team at Jay Trucks & Associates has over three decades of experience handling cases involving a wide variety of abuse, such as:

Physical Abuse

This can happen when a resident intentionally suffers physical injury or trauma to the body caused by being:

  • Struck, hit or slapped
  • Kicked, punched or bitten
  • Pushed, shoved or grabbed
  • Restrained or confined
  • Harmed by an object

Physical abuse can cause serious, life-threatening injuries and even death without proper medical attention.

Sexual Abuse

This can happen when a resident is forced into unwanted sexual activity through the following:

  • Being touched or groped
  • Non-consensual intercourse
  • Coerced nudity
  • Raped
  • Sexually explicit pictures

Sexual abuse can physically manifest as bruises, scratches or lesions around the genital area and cause emotional damage. Incapacitated residents who are unable to give consent are frequently targeted.

Emotional/Verbal/Psychological Abuse

This can happen when certain words or actions cause a resident distress, fear and mental trauma, such as:

  • Being called names
  • Insults related to appearance or intelligence
  • Being physically threatened
  • Verbal assaults

Emotional, verbal or psychological abuse can also include isolating residents from family and other residents and exerting control over them by limiting their ability to make phone calls or engage in social activities.

Financial Abuse

This form of abuse intentionally exploits or manipulates a resident to gain financial control over him or her.  This is done through illegal and unauthorized use of a resident’s finances, carried out in the following ways:

Residents are often financially devasted and may even lose all of their income and savings needed to help pay for their long-term care and other obligations.

General Neglect

This can happen when a nursing home fails to provide proper care to its residents. Unlike abuse, neglect is generally caused by indifference, oversight or carelessness, such as:

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Reporting Nursing Home Abuse in Michigan

If you suspect your loved one has suffered abuse or neglect in a nursing home and requires immediate medical attention, it is important to use 9-1-1 to contact the local authorities.

For non-emergency services, Michigan offers the following options for reporting elder abuse:

Is a Resident Allowed to Leave a Nursing Home?

Residents of nursing homes have a right to leave the facility in the following situations:

Contact a Grand Rapids Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer

Filing a claim for nursing home abuse can be a complicated process. If your loved one was injured in a facility in Grand Rapids or Kent County, do not hesitate to seek legal representation.

Our lawyers at Jay Trucks & Associates understand what it takes to protect your loved one’s rights and hold those accountable for causing harm. We are available to assist you 24/7 over the phone or online. We have been protecting injury victims and their families for more than 30 years, recovering millions in compensation.

We welcome the opportunity to review your claim in a free and confidential consultation. There is no risk in reaching out and no obligation to pursue a legal claim. We charge no upfront fees unless we obtain a recovery for you.

Call our office today: (800) 762-8623.

Nursing home abuse lawyers work to protect the rights of elderly residents who have been victimized or neglected in the very place where they are supposed to receive protection and care. These victims are especially vulnerable due to physical and mental conditions that make them an easy target for bullies, abusers and even criminals.

My experience with your firm has been great! I’m very grateful for what you have done for me…
– C. Lockwood

At Jay Trucks and Associates, we have been advocating for injured people throughout Flint and the entire state of Michigan for more than 30 years, and we have a proven track record of obtaining millions in compensation on their behalf.

If your loved one was harmed after suffering acts of negligence or abuse at his or her nursing home, we are prepared to aggressively seek compensation for the physical, emotional and financial damages he or she suffered.

Our Flint nursing home abuse lawyers offer a free legal consultation to determine whether your nursing home abuse or neglect case has merit. There is no obligation to move forward, and if we represent you, there are no upfront fees. We collect nothing for our services unless we are successful in obtaining compensation on your behalf.

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How Do I Establish Evidence Of Nursing Home Abuse?

To prove a case of nursing home abuse in Michigan, your attorney must first be able to prove the legal theory of negligence, which means establishing:

If we determine you may have a case, additional evidence that could help to strengthen your claim could include:

Our attorneys know how to thoroughly investigate the incident that caused your loved one’s harm, and we are prepared to help you gather supporting evidence to strengthen your claim, if you have a case.

Who May Be Liable For Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect?

Nursing home abuse or neglect cases are complex and may have multiple parties who could share liability for the harm to your loved one. While the facility owners may be liable for failing to provide adequate protection or security for residents, other negligent parties could include:

  • Physicians or other medical professionals
  • Facility caregivers
  • Staff nurses
  • Other third parties, including contractors, vendors or other guests

If we determine that you may have a case and you retain our services, we will thoroughly research to find all potentially liable parties.

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What Is The Value Of A Michigan Nursing Home Abuse Case?

No two cases are the same. There are multiple factors that may contribute to the overall value of a claim, so we cannot accurately calculate the value of your potential claim without first understanding all of the specifics that may apply to your loved one’s situation.

However, in a case of nursing home abuse or neglect, your loved one could be eligible for these and other damages:

  • Hospital treatments, such as in-patient stays or emergency visits
  • Transportation for emergent medical care
  • Surgical interventions
  • Required prescription drugs
  • Doctor appointments
  • Physical therapy treatments
  • Emotional distress or mental anguish
  • Psychological care
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

In Michigan, your loved one may also be eligible to receive exemplary damages if he or she sustained especially deplorable or malicious acts of negligence or abuse in which the perpetrator was found to have willfully disregarded human rights.

Exemplary damages differ from punitive damages awarded in other states. In Michigan, rather than punishing the perpetrator, these damages are intended to further compensate the injured resident for the harm he or she suffered.

Nursing Home Rights That Protect Michigan Residents

Nursing home residents in Michigan are guaranteed protective rights under both federal law and Michigan’s Compiled Laws Section 333.20201. These laws include the right to:

If someone you care about suffered a violation of his or her rights as stated under federal or state law, you may be eligible to pursue compensation in a nursing home abuse or neglect lawsuit.

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Common Types of Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect

Abuse happens in many forms, but in a nursing home, these are the three primary forms of abuse that happen:

Physical Abuse

A physical act of violence against a nursing home resident could include:

  • Slapping or punching
  • Pinching
  • Pushing or shoving
  • Kicking
  • Burning
  • Tripping

If you loved one shows signs of frequent or unexplained bruising, burn scars, lacerations, fractures or other suspicious injuries, it is a good idea to take pictures and document the injuries in a diary.

Additionally, you may want to note details such as whether or not your loved one was able to communicate what happened. Often victims may be afraid to speak up because they have been threatened by an abuser.

Verbal/Psychological Abuse

Unfortunately, some staff members verbally abuse residents by calling them names or degrading them by humiliating, harassing or insulting them in front of other staff members or nursing home residents. This can sometimes happen if a nursing home does not properly check the background of a potential employee for a history of abuse or other serious employment issues.

Signs that your loved one may be suffering from this type of bullying treatment may display as unexplained or sudden onset of fear, anxiety or depression. Many will also stop eating and become socially withdrawn.

Sexual Abuse

Any type of unwanted or non-consensual sexual contact is sexual abuse. Common acts of abuse may include:

  • Any type of non-consensual touching
  • Forcing the resident to perform sexual acts
  • Rape
  • Taking pictures of a resident in compromising positions and sharing them on social media

Common signs that your loved one may have been sexually abused includes torn underwear, bloody sheets, genital bruising or bleeding, pelvic injuries, panic attacks or discomfort when sitting. Some residents who suffered sexual abuse may contract a sexually transmitted disease (STD).

Neglect

Common signs of neglect in a nursing home may include:

  • Bedsores, caused by residents being ignored and left in one position for too long
  • Slip and fall accidents due to spills or objects not being cleared away
  • Poor hygiene caused by a dirty, unkempt room
  • Malnutrition or dehydration
  • Overmedication or medication errors

Elderly residents suffering from other medical conditions are frail and therefore especially vulnerable to suffering ill effects from neglect. In some cases, this type of abuse can be deadly for a resident.

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Why Does Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Happen?

Residents in nursing homes suffer many types of abuse and neglect across the country, and many times these incidents are never reported, or if they are, appropriate steps may not be taken afterwards to protect other residents from the same type of harm. Neglect and abuse may happen because of:

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How Can I Report A Case of Nursing Home Neglect or Abuse?

The first step is to get your loved one out immediate danger and make sure there is an official report of an incident. In Michigan, as in other states, you can accomplish both steps by calling 9-1-1 to get police and other first responders on the scene.

It is always a good idea to report the incident to the facility’s owners or administrators. Additionally, nursing home employees, such as nursing staff and other medical professionals, may be defined as mandated reporters and as such are legally required to report any suspected incidents of neglect or abuse against a resident to Adult Protective Services. However, you can also report a known incident of elder abuse to Michigan’s Bureau of Health Services Abuse Hotline: 800-882-6006.

In addition to these steps, we strongly recommend that you contact a qualified attorney who understands Michigan state laws and who will fight for your loved one’s rights.  Our reputable lawyers are prepared to aggressively pursue maximum compensation for the harm your loved one suffered.

Contact a Trusted Flint Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Today

Concerned that your loved one is a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect?

We understand that it is emotionally traumatizing to discover your loved one is a victim of abuse or neglect, but at Jay Trucks and Associates, we are ready to help. Taking this step is an important one and can help to protect your loved one from further harm. It may also protect others from being injured by those same perpetrators.

Our Flint nursing home abuse lawyers accept cases of abuse or neglect on contingency, so there are no upfront fees needed to guarantee our services. We collect no money at all unless we are successful in winning a verdict or settlement on behalf of your loved one. Since there is no financial risk for calling us, we encourage you to set up your free initial consultation today.

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Elderly people are some of the most vulnerable people in our society, particularly those in nursing homes who have serious physical or mental limitations or conditions. That is why they are often abused, causing them to suffer severe physical or mental trauma. If this has happened to your loved one, our nursing home abuse attorneys in Clare, MI are available to discuss possible legal options. We may be able to recover compensation for physical, financial and emotional damages and hold the abusers accountable.

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– D. Livings

There are no upfront fees for our services, and you will not be charged unless you receive compensation. The initial consultation is also free of charge and there is no obligation to file a lawsuit after our meeting.

For over 30 years, we have been protecting the rights of our clients throughout Michigan and have obtained more than $500 million in compensation on behalf of our clients. Our founder Jay F. Trucks is a member of the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association and American Trial Lawyers Association.

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Proving a Nursing Home Abuse Claim

Building a robust personal injury case, including a case against a nursing home or its staff members, requires detailed knowledge of relevant laws and legal theories, along with an understanding of how to investigate and gather evidence.

That is why if you are unsure if you may have a case, it is important to talk to a licensed attorney. At Jay Trucks and Associates, an initial consultation with our lawyers is free of charge.

Some of the factors we may consider when deciding whether you may have a case include:

Our attorneys must prove there was a breach of the duty of care and link this breach to your loved one’s injuries. A breach of the duty of care could be a violation of your loved one’s rights granted by federal and state law. Linking that breach to the injury means we need to show the injury would not have happened otherwise.

Some of the most common examples of negligence that could lead to abuse at a nursing home include:

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Liability for Abuse or Neglect

It may be possible to hold the nursing home liable for your loved one’s abuse or neglect. Additional liable parties could include a staff member, health care provider, administrator, nurse, vendor, visitor, contractor or other individual who caused your loved one to suffer harm.

Determining the liable party or parties requires a detailed investigation. Our attorneys want the people responsible for your loved one’s damages to be held liable to prevent other residents from suffering the same injury as your loved one.

Compensation in Nursing Home Abuse Cases

Each case is unique, and so is its value and the types of compensation that may be available. Generally, victims may be able to pursue compensation for the physical, financial and emotional toll of the abuse. Some of the damages may include:

  • Hospital bills
  • Transportation to the hospital in an ambulance
  • Surgical procedures
  • Prescription medications
  • Physical therapy
  • Rehabilitation
  • Appointments with doctors
  • Physical pain
  • Emotional suffering and psychological trauma
  • Lost enjoyment of life

If a resident was a victim of egregious, malicious or despicable negligence, our Clare nursing home abuse lawyers may be able to pursue compensation for exemplary damages. These are similar to punitive damages awarded in other states. However, these damages compensate the victim for what he or she had to endure, they are not meant as punishment for the wrongdoer.

At Jay Trucks and Associates, we are committed to pursuing maximum compensation for victims of nursing home abuse.

Your Loved One’s Rights Under Federal and State Law

Your loved one has the right to be free from physical or mental abuse and the right to receive adequate and appropriate care. These are just some of the many rights granted to Michigan nursing home residents under Michigan Compiled Laws Section 333.20201. The rights outlined here are also protected under federal law.

If your loved one suffered a violation of any of the rights listed under state or federal law, you may have a viable nursing home abuse/neglect case.

Nursing home residents in Michigan have the right to:

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Types of Abuse Common at Long-Term Care Facilities

There are three main types of abuse nursing home residents may suffer: physical, psychological and sexual.

Physical Abuse

This refers to any sort of physical violence against a nursing home resident that results in injury. Examples might include:

  • Punching
  • Kicking
  • Shoving
  • Slapping
  • Biting

If you see any bruises, cuts, broken bones or burn marks, you should investigate to find out what is going on, particularly if your loved one cannot explain them or seems afraid to say anything. Abusers often intimidate or threaten victims into silence.

Verbal/Psychological Abuse

Sometimes staff members who were not properly vetted are incredibly verbally abusive toward residents. They may make fun of them, harass them, insult them, call them names, separate them from the other residents or embarrass them in front of others. These kinds of actions are meant to intimidate or control residents.

This can result in residents feeling depressed, anxious, fearful, socially withdrawn or like they do not want to eat. If you notice a change in your loved one’s mood, it could be a sign of some form of psychological abuse.

Sexual Abuse

This refers to any unwanted sexual contact, such as intercourse or molestation. Other examples may include photographing a resident who is not dressed or forcing a resident to be photographed in a compromising position and posting pictures to social media or texting them to others.

A common sign of sexual abuse is a sexually transmitted infection. Bruising to the genitals is also a common sign.

Neglect

Residents also suffer from neglect. A common example of the consequences of neglect are bed sores. These are sores that develop when an area of the body is put under pressure for too long.

Residents who struggle to move on their own may need help, but if they do not get it, they could be stuck in bed or a wheelchair long enough to cause bedsores to develop. If these sores are not treated, they can become more severe and potentially life-threatening.

Neglect can also result in slip and fall accidents because staff members did not move hazardous obstacles or attempt to help a resident transfer out of or into a wheelchair, and he or she fell while trying to do so alone.

If your loved one suffers a fall, has poor hygiene or lives in a dirty or cluttered room, he or she may be a victim of neglect.

Learn more about how our Clare nursing home abuse attorneys may be able to help you. (800) 762-8623

How Do You Report Abuse or Neglect in Michigan?

If your loved one is in immediate danger, call 9-1-1 so the police can be dispatched to assess the situation and get your loved one out of harm’s way.

Otherwise, report the situation to the nursing home. Many of the staff members and health care providers at the facility are likely mandated reporters of abuse. That means they are legally required to report suspected abuse, neglect or exploitation to Adult Protective Services.

If they fail to report the abuse, or you want to ensure it is reported, you can call the Bureau of Health Services Hotline for Abuse at 800-882-6006.

Contact an Experienced Clare Nursing Home Abuse Attorney

Have questions about filing a nursing home abuse or neglect claim?

Our attorneys can review your situation and answer your legal questions in a free consultation. We understand how traumatic abuse or neglect is for the victim and his or her loved ones. Our Clare nursing home abuse lawyers are committed to holding perpetrators accountable, protecting other nursing home residents and obtaining maximum compensation for our clients.

We work on a contingency fee basis. That means the consultation with our lawyers is free and confidential. If you have a case and hire our firm, there are no fees unless you receive compensation. There is no risk in picking up the phone, completing an online case evaluation form or visiting our office.

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When we place our elderly loved ones in nursing homes, we expect that they will receive the care and attention they need. However, when these facilities abuse or neglect residents, the families of these victims may be able to file a claim on their behalf. If your loved one has been harmed in a nursing home, contact our Traverse City nursing home abuse lawyers to learn more about pursuing compensation.

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– K. Cowick

At Jay Trucks & Associates, we are dedicated to protecting residents’ rights. Over more than three decades, our firm has recovered in excess of $500,000,000 in compensation on behalf of our clients. We understand the laws that are applicable to nursing home negligence cases and are ready to help build a robust argument for your damages lawsuit.

Request a free consultation to get started. All of our services are provided on a contingency fee basis – at no upfront cost to you. We only collect our fees if we successfully help you obtain compensation.

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How Do I Know If I Have a Case?

In cases involving abuse or neglect in the nursing home, our lawyers need to prove that your loved one’s injury is linked to the negligent acts of the facility and/or its staff. All claims needed to be thoroughly investigated and supporting evidence must be obtained to help build a stronger case for compensation.

Our free consultations offer the opportunity to answer any questions you may have and discuss your legal options. Our lawyers are well-versed in negligence laws and are prepared to help establish that a duty of care was owed to your loved one and a breach in that care directly resulted in harm and considerable damages.

Nursing home abuse often happens due to negligence caused by:

  • Staffing shortages
  • Poor staff training and experience
  • Underpaid staff
  • Inadequate hiring practices
  • Lack of supervision, management and accountability
  • Failing to adhere to health and safety standards

An experienced Traverse City nursing home abuse lawyer from our firm is ready to gather evidence, such as medical records, witness statements, photographs of visible injuries and video surveillance. We are committed to holding at-fault parties accountable for the negligence that caused your loved one’s injuries.

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Compensation for Nursing Home Abuse Victims

Each case is different, and so is the form of compensation available to nursing home abuse victims. Generally, you may be able to recover compensation for economic and non-economic damages. This includes:

  • Medical bills
  • Hospitalizations
  • Emergency services
  • Medications
  • Surgical procedures
  • Rehabilitation
  • Physical therapy
  • Travel costs to/from doctor visits
  • Pain and suffering, both physical and mental
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

The state of Michigan also awards exemplary damages in certain cases to victims of malicious or intentional negligence suffering from humiliation, mental anguish, outrage or increased harm. If you have a viable case, we are prepared to pursue maximum compensation on your loved one’s behalf.

What Rights Do Residents Have?

A nursing home resident has certain rights in accordance with federal and state law. These rights are protected by the 1987 Nursing Home Reform Act and Michigan’s Nursing Home Resident Rights.

Nursing home residents have the following legal rights to:

When a facility refuses to comply with these rights, residents have a right to take legal action. Our licensed Traverse City nursing home abuse attorneys are ready to protect you and your loved one’s best interests.

Different Types of Nursing Home Abuse

Nursing home abuse comes in many forms. Our legal team at Jay Trucks & Associates have decades of legal experience handling cases that involve a wide range of abuse and neglect. These include:

Physical Abuse

Physical abuse can happen when force is used against a resident, resulting in physical pain, injury, or impairment. This type of abuse can include hitting, striking, shoving, punching and kicking, as well as the use of restraints or confinement.

Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse is any form of sexual contact with a resident that is not consensual. This type of abuse can include physical acts and other actions, such as forcing a resident to witness or watch sexual acts or explicit material or coerce them into undressing against his or her will.

Emotional Abuse

Emotional and psychological abuse can happen when residents are spoken to or treated in a way that causes them stress of emotional pain. This type of abuse can be verbal or non-verbal. Verbal may include profanity, humiliation, name-calling, threatening violence, or insults related to appearance or intelligence. Non-verbal abuse may include failing to acknowledge a resident’s needs or isolating them from loved ones and other residents.

Financial Abuse

Financial abuse can happen when residents are exploited or manipulated in an effort to gain control of their finances, such as assets and personal property. This type of abuse includes stealing money from a resident, forging documents to obtain funds, deceiving a resident to give up control of his or her money or the misuse of power of attorney for personal gain.

General Neglect

General neglect can happen when a resident is not provided adequate care and safety. This can include leaving residents unattended for extended periods of time, failing to provide basic care such as food, water, and medication, failing to treat bedsores, or allowing residents to become dehydrated or malnourished.

Who Can Be Liable for Nursing Home Abuse?

Multiple parties could be potentially liable for nursing home abuse. This could include the facility itself as well as nurses, caregivers and other staff members.

The nursing home or long-term care facility could be held responsible for negligent training, supervision and hiring of staff, such as failing to perform adequate background checks for a history of anger or violence.

Staff members could be held accountable for failing to provide residents with basic daily living necessities, failing to address medical needs or provide medication and not reporting injuries or health issues to medical staff, physicians and loved ones.

A third party could also be liable if a resident is abused or neglected. Third parties could include contractors, medical suppliers and guests visiting other residents. If your loved one has been harmed by a third party, the nursing home could even be responsible for failing to provide adequate physical security.

Learn more about your potential legal options by calling (800) 762-8623.

Where to Report Nursing Home Abuse In Michigan

Michigan nursing home abuse laws and regulations were created to ensure that anyone can report cases of abuse or neglect. If you suspect that your loved one is being abused in some way that requires immediate emergency care, it is important that you contact the local authorities. Other contacts to report abuse include:

How Can A Resident Leave A Nursing Home?

Nursing home residents have the right to leave a facility under the following conditions:

Speak With a Traverse City Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer

Being able to identify nursing home abuse can be difficult but filing a claim for compensation can also be a complex process. If your loved one has been harmed in a facility in the Traverse City area, we recommend reaching out to our lawyers at Jay Trucks & Associates for legal help.

Our firm has been protecting the rights of injury victims and their families for more than three decades. There is no risk or obligation to hire us. We do not charge any upfront fees unless we help you obtain compensation for your loved one.

We are available 24/7 to take your call. (800) 762-8623.