Michigan ranks second on a list of states with the most instances of nursing home abuse. This fact should serve as a great motivator for everyone in our state to watch out for nursing home abuse and take action as soon as they discover it.

A national study revealed 134 emergency room cases from 2015 to 2016 in which nursing homes required urgent care for neglect, physical abuse or sexual abuse. Seventeen of these incidents happened in Illinois and 13 happened in Michigan.

Michigan needs to take action to stop nursing home abuse now

The year is 2018 and it’s hard to believe that nursing home abuse is still such a pandemic problem in the United States. Nevertheless, countless nursing home residents are suffering on a daily basis from all types of neglect and abuse. Family members need to be on high alert for any signs of mistreatment.

Here is how family members can be extra proactive to keep a lookout for abuse:

Every lawsuit helps bring nursing home neglect to an end

Victims of nursing home neglect can bring a negligent or abusive nursing facility to justice by filing a personal injury action in civil court. If successfully navigated, not only could such a lawsuit bring financial compensation to the victim, but it could bring much-needed attention to the rampant problem of nursing home abuse in Michigan.

It’s important to note that patients who have dementia may not be properly cared for in an assisted living facility. Many of these facilities are not equipped to handle Alzheimer’s or dementia patients. When a nursing home accepts a dementia patient anyway, this may lead to a dementia assisted living claim.