Lansing, Michigan Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer

Lansing, Michigan Nursing Home Abuse LawyerWith nearly 115,000 residents, Lansing ranks fourth among Michigan’s largest cities. Lansing has more than 11,000 senior citizens 65 years and older. Many elderly individuals in the community require assistance with their health and hygiene needs that are often unavailable at home. In many incidences, staying at home is not an option because family members do not live close by or lack sufficient training to provide quality care to ensure their loved one remains safe and in good health.

Spending their final days living in a nursing facility overmedicated, abused or mistreated is one of the greatest fears of aging parents and grandparents. Unfortunately, many residents in nursing homes are given anti-psychotic medications that are usually prescribed by the resident’s doctor to suppress aggression or anxiety associated with dementia, Alzheimer’s disease or other mental health conditions. Other times, the residents are victimized through a lack of supervision or because the medical nursing staff has not received adequate training to follow proven protocols and procedures that encourage optimal health. In some situations, the aging, rehabilitating or disabled victims suffer assault at the hands of nurses, visitors or others residing in the facility. Without proper protection, many of these residents are victimized repeatedly without anyone reporting the incidents to authorities.

The nursing home abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC provide legal representation to every nursing home resident in Michigan to ensure their rights are protected. Our attorneys recognize that many facilities provide unacceptable standards of care because the staff has not been properly trained, supervised or monitored. As a result, the medical conditions of many nursing home residents become significantly worse over time while under the care of seemingly competent facility staff members.

Lansing, Michigan Nursing Home Concerns

Our team of nursing home neglect attorneys post publicly available information concerning assisted-living homes, nursing facilities and rehabilitation centers throughout the Lansing, Michigan area. This continuously updated data was gathered using a variety of public sources including the federal government website Medicare.gov. The list below details the facilities in the Lansing community that currently maintain only one and two star ratings out of a possible five-star rating. The information is released on the Medicare comparison tool and is based on opened investigations, filed complaints and safety concerns.

Information on Michigan Nursing Home Abuse & Negligence Lawsuits

Our attorneys have compiled data from settlements and jury verdicts across Michigan to give you an idea as to how cases are valued. Learn more about the cases below:

WHITEHILLS HEALTH CARE CENTER
1843 N. Hagadorn Rd.
East Lansing, MI 48823
(517) 332-5061

A “For-Profit” 103-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare facility

Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide Environment Free of the Potential Spread of Infection

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 01/15/2015, a state surveyor through observation or a record review made a notation of the facility’s failure “to assure that urinary catheter care was provided to [a resident] in a manner that followed facility procedure to minimize the potential for contamination of equipment and spread of potentially disease-causing organisms.” This is in response to an observation where a CNA (certified nursing assistant) “was observed as she emptied the urine collection bag for [the resident] while he was in his bed in his room. [The CNA] put on gloves after she entered [the resident’s] room. [The CNA] entered the connecting bathroom, moved a commode out of the way, and got the urinal she would be using to collect the urine from the top of the toilet tank where it was sitting on paper towels.

After [the CNA] collected and measured the urine, she poured it into the toilet bowl. [The CNA] then place the unrinsed urinal into a plastic bag and hung it on the wastebasket next to [the resident’s] bed. [The CNA] then removed her gloves, and without washing her hands, moved a pillow from under [the resident’s] head to under his right leg. [The CNA then reposition [the resident’s] head. After that contact with [the resident, the CNA] then washed her hands.” This is in direct violation of procedures and protocols designed to minimize the potential spread of disease causing organisms.

DIMONDALE NURSING CARE CENTER
4000 N. Michigan Rd.
Dimondale, MI 48821
(517) 646-6258

A “For-Profit” 150-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 stars rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Adequately Document the Progress of a Resident’s Medical Condition to Maintain Their Health

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 06/05/2015, a state surveyor makes a notation of the facility’s failure “to assure physician visits were completed within required time frames for [the resident].” This failure resulted “in the potential for improper medical care. This notation is made in response to a review of medical records that revealed physician’s progress reports dated 11/03/2014, 11/24/2014 and 04/30/2015. However, regulatory protocols require “the physician to review the resident’s care and document every 60 days after the first 90 days of stay.” The Director of Nursing “was notified of the lack of progress notes for a four month period and was asked if they might be somewhere else. On 6/03/15/at 2:48 PM, [the Director of Nursing] reported I cannot find any more notes.” This is in direct violation was state and federal nursing home regulations.

NORTHWIND REHABILITATION AND HEALTH CARE CENTER
2815 Northwind Dr.
East Lansing, MI 48823
(517) 332-0817

A “For-Profit” 113-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 stars rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Adequately Monitor and Discard Potentially Hazardous Food

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/20/2015, a state surveyor made a notation of the facility’s failure “to assure clean production and storage of ice and clean overhead fixtures in the range area, the facility failed to monitor and discard potentially hazardous food [of a resident refrigerator that was inspected], and the facility failed to maintain a clean microwave oven which was used by residents in the Physical Therapy Department.” These failures resulted in “the potential for food borne illness” that could affect all 76 residents in the facility. This is in response to findings after an inspection conducted on 03/17/15 that included an observation where “fire suppression pipes above the range/grill area were observed to be soiled with grease and dust.”

PINES REHABILITATION & HEALTH CARE CENTER
707 Armstrong
Lansing, MI 48911
(517) 393-5680

A “For-Profit” 110-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 stars rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide Proper Maintenance on the Premises Including Elevator to Ensure Safety

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 06/12/2015, the state surveyor made a notation of the facility’s failure “to maintain resident rooms, shower rooms, dining room, halls, and elevator in a clean, repaired, and homelike condition.” This failure resulted in “the potential for up to 87 residents to feel their home is institutional and neglected.” This is in response to an elevator that was not working on the facility, and “during an interview with [a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)] she reported she does not ever take the elevator, when queried why? She reported Because it breaks all the time. [The CNA] further stated when she has use the elevator to take a resident upstairs she always puts graham crackers in her pocket for the resident You know in case we get stuck, you never know how long you will be stranded.”

Are You Suspicious That Neglect, Mistreatment or Abuse Is Occurring?

If you know or suspect that abuse, mistreatment or neglect is occurring to a family member or close friend, it is essential to take immediate legal steps to stop the harm now. Federal and state laws prohibit any type of mistreatment that could include the use of unnecessary chemical or physical restraints, lack of skincare that could encourage the development of facility-acquired bedsores or intentional abuse. The worsening health care system is often the result of preventable staffing issues that could be avoided if nursing homes, rehabilitation centers and assisted-living facilities hired enough nurses, certified nursing assistants and licensed practical nurses to provide adequate care to residents.

While some signs of abuse, neglect and mistreatment are obvious including broken bones, developing bedsores and bruising, some signs of harm are less conspicuous. Less obvious signs and symptoms of nursing home abuse include:

  • Malnutrition and dehydration caused by a lack of access to food and water
  • Injuries caused by an unexpected fall
  • Sexual, physical assault leaving bruises or injuries on or around the genital area
  • Serious medical mistakes which is often the result of improperly dispensing prescription drugs or not accounting for known/unknown medication/medical interactions
  • Inadequate assistance to tackle incontinence
  • Failure to provide necessary treatments for injury, medical condition or fracture
  • Unhygienic, unsafe and unclean living conditions
  • Missing or inadequate clinical documentation
  • Insufficient nursing/medical staffing for improperly/inadequately trained RNs, LPNs, CNAs and physical therapists
  • Unsafe or deplorable conditions including inadequate protection measures that guard every resident of accident hazards including missing grab bars and slippery surfaces
  • A lack of supervision, observation or monitoring of the nursing home resident
  • A lack of developing or implementing a resident’s formal care plan that effectively addresses the physical, mental and emotional health needs of the resident
  • Failure to notify family members and private doctors when the resident suffers injury or change in their medical condition
  • Allowing frail, confused or medicated residents access to move about without qualified competent assistance
  • Failure to provide properly working wheelchairs, walkers and canes to residents in need
  • Restricting the resident’s access to participate in active exercises including muscle strengthening and walking to minimize the potential of fall incident

Our Lansing, Michigan nursing home neglect attorneys provide experienced legal representation to any nursing home resident who suffered injuries, damages or harm caused by negligence, abuse or mistreatment. Financial recompense is often available to the victim or their heirs in the event that the victim succumbs to their injuries. Our team of dedicated attorneys will hold all responsible parties legally and financially accountable for their inappropriate behavior, or misdemeanor misconduct.

We encourage you to make contact the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC hotline at (800) 926-7565 for a free, no obligation initial consultation. Our team of attorneys can review your case and provide numerous legal options on how to proceed. To ensure a successful financial resolution to cover your damages, our seasoned lawyers will conduct a proper investigation to evaluate the nature and extent of your injuries and damages and determine which parties are at fault to ensure your financial recovery.

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