Our Michigan Adult Foster Care lawyers help residents injured at the home or away on a field trip.
Residents of these homes and their families rely on the staff to provide a safe place to live. However, some residents suffer accidental and even intentional injuries in these homes.
Our dedicated lawyers handle cases regarding adult group home abuse in Michigan.
We work tirelessly to represent residents and their families in lawsuits against the owners, operators, and managers at those homes. There are strict laws and regulations throughout the state to protect the safety and welfare of these residents.
Unfortunately, many care facility residents do not always receive appropriate care, which can result in severe and even deadly injuries.
We help bring justice to those residents in their families when injury or death occurs. We have tremendous track record of successful settlements.
- What constitutes an adult foster care home?
- Common types of adult foster care home neglect
- Adult foster care abuse settlement example
- When can you sue an AFC group home?
What Constitutes an Adult Foster Care Home?
Adult Foster Care (AFC) homes are residential settings that provide 24-hour personal care, protection, and supervision for individuals who are developmentally disabled, mentally ill, physically handicapped or aged who cannot live alone but who do not need continuous nursing care.
These homes are restricted to providing care to no more than 20 adults at one time.
Care that is provided often includes assistance with bathing, grooming, dressing, eating, walking, toileting or the administration of medication.
Common Types of Michigan Adult Foster Care Home Neglect
Our Michigan AFC abuse attorneys pursue cases for many different causes of adult home group abuse and neglect. These include:
- Medication errors, in which residents are given the wrong drug, an improper dosage, or someone else’s prescription;
- Wandering and elopement from the home, especially in winter months in freezing cold conditions;
- Poor or improper supervision by staff members both inside and around the home;
- Drowning, in bathtubs or bodies of water near the AFC home;
- Assault and battery, by other residents and even staff members;
- Sexual assaults, by strangers, staff, and others living in the house;
- Burn injuries, caused by scalding water, fires, and other sources;
AFC staff also has a duty to get medical attention for residents in a timely manner.
If a resident is ill or suffers an accident-related injury, the staff must notify the legal guardian and seek prompt medical care. A delay in seeking treatment can lead to serious permanent harm.
Residents and their families can file civil claims seeking money compensation for the injuries suffered due to AFC home neglect and abuse.
In situations in which a patient dies due to the negligence of the home, the family can file a wrongful death claim for the loss of their loved one.
Adult Foster Care Lawsuit Case Study
A 55-year-old man resided at an Adult Foster Care home. While changing his shirt, a staff member observed third degree burns from the top of his back to his buttocks. He was admitted to the burn unit at a major hospital and had multiple skin grafts.
The group home operator denied any knowledge regarding the source of the burns. His sister filed a lawsuit on his behalf.
During discovery, it was determined that an excessive temperature was set on the hot water heater. He likely suffered scalding burn injuries during a shower.
The case settled before trial for a confidential amount.
When Can You Sue an Adult Foster Care Group Home?
Many AFC and group home residents do not always receive the appropriate care and are neglected and abused by the staff. In fact, according to state licensing officials, there have been over 122 violations of facility licensing rules since January 2000 in Renaissance operated AFC home’s alone. This is a significant number, considering it only pertains to one corporation.
Negligence at an AFC facility is a serious offense as residents often suffer from significant injury or death. Victims of adult foster care home neglect and their family members do have legal rights to sue an AFC home in the event that negligent care caused an injury or death. These type of lawsuits seek monetary compensation for the injuries suffered.
In situations in which a patient dies due to the negligence of the facility, the family can file a wrongful death lawsuit for the loss of their loved one. A case can be brought by a family member of the decedent or a personal representative on behalf of the family.
Pursuing a lawsuit against an adult foster care home requires the assistance of a lawyer who has experience representing residents and their families. This is because the process of suing an adult foster care home can become quite complex and involves multifaceted medical and legal issues.
At the law firm of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. our Michigan adult foster care home abuse lawyers have significant experience in these cases successfully helping residents and their families win the maximum settlement for their pain and suffering.
Best Lawyers for Adult Foster Care & Group Home Cases
There are strict laws and regulations throughout the state to protect the safety and welfare of foster care and group home residents.
Unfortunately, many AFC and group home residents do not always receive appropriate treatment. This can result in severe and often deadly consequences.
A well-practiced Michigan lawyer who handles nursing home abuse cases could also work to investigate maltreatment in adult foster care and group home settings.
There are deadlines for filing a lawsuit so call us now to get started immediately.
We will handle your case under our No Fee Promise. This means there are no legal fees unless you receive a settlement award.
We pay all of the case expenses and it costs nothing to start!
Contact us today to speak with an experienced adult foster care home injury lawyer.
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