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Nursing Home Neglect

The Lee Steinberg Law Firm, P.C. is among Michigan’s elite nursing home neglect and elder abuse law firms. Led by experienced and aggressive trial lawyers and litigators, the firm leads the statewide battle to shield elder and dependent adults from abuse and neglect.

An increasing elderly population has led to an increased nursing home population, and with this has come an increased incidence of nursing home negligence and abuse. Governmental agencies such as the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services help oversee the care and services provided by nursing homes and both federal and state governments have established uniform standards for nursing homes and ensure the protection and safety of patients.

Unfortunately, despite these governmental agencies, over one million nursing home residents are abused or physically hurt in some manner each year. Such actions can include negligence and active abuse. Whether the abuse consists of recurrent negligence or a single incident that causes injury, the victim has a right to money damages. In most cases, the nursing home in question can lose its certification for failing to provide the expected care.

Nursing home patients are covered under both state and federal law. Under federal law, there are regulations that set strict rules and promote a standard of care for the nursing home industry to follow. These regulations include preventing the deterioration of a resident’s ability to bathe, dress, groom, transfer and ambulate, toilet and eat. They also mandate that if a resident is unable to carry out activities of daily living, the nursing home provide necessary services to maintain good nutrition, grooming and personal and oral hygiene.

In Michigan, the Patient’s Bill of Rights, MCL 333.20201, provides many protections, including:

  • A patient or resident shall not be denied appropriate care on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual preference, or source of payment.
  • A patient or resident is entitled to privacy, to the extent feasible, in treatment and in caring for personal needs with consideration, respect, and full recognition of his or her dignity and individuality.
  • A patient or resident is entitled to receive adequate and appropriate care, and to receive, from the appropriate individual within the health facility or agency, information about his or her medical condition, proposed course of treatment, and prospects for recovery.
  • A patient or resident is entitled to receive and have private communications and consultations with his or her physician, attorney, or any other person of his or her choice and to send and receive personal mail unopened on the same day it is received at the health facility or agency, unless medically contraindicated as documented by the attending physician in the medical record.
  • A patient or resident is entitled to be free from mental and physical abuse and from physical and chemical restraints, except those restraints authorized in writing by the attending physician for a specified and limited time or are necessitated by an emergency to protect the patient.

Besides federal and state regulations, there are certain industry standards of care that must be followed by a nursing home. If a breach of the standard of care occurs, and this breach causes injury, the nursing home may be liable for the injury sustained by the patient.

Michigan nursing home injury law is constantly changing and demands strict attention to detail within the contours of the law. The litigation of nursing home cases is not easy. It usually involves thousands of pages of medical documents, close inspection of personnel files and facility data, numerous depositions as well as the involvement of many experts. The Lee Steinberg Law Firm, P.C. can walk you through your case from beginning to end, making you feel comfortable and at ease about the process.

The Lee Steinberg Law Firm, P.C. and Michigan nursing home abuse lawyers have represented numerous nursing home neglect and nursing home abuse victims, helping them obtain the compensation they deserve.

Please contact our office directly at 1-800-LEE-FREE (1-800-533-3733) to find out your rights and how we can begin fighting for you.

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