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Michigan Nursing Home Patient Or Resident's Rights

Lawrence J. Buckfire
Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. - Southfield Office

June 13, 2011

Our Michigan nursing home lawyers handle cases involving nursing home negligence for residents who suffer injuries and resident's family members who have lost a loved one in a Michigan health care facility such as a nursing home, hospital, adult foster care facilities, and assisted living facilities. These lawsuits are filed against the health care facility and the nursing home doctors whose negligence in their care of the resident caused injuries or death. The information below is provided by the Michigan Office of the Attorney General.

Nursing Home Patients Or Health Care Facility Residents Rights In Michigan

As a nursing home patient and/or health care facility patient you have certain rights. Below is a partial list of a patient or residents rights provided by the Michigan Public Health Code statute, MCL 333.20201; MSA 14/15(20201) from a brochure printed by the Michigan Office of the Attorney General.

  1. An individual may obtain a copy of, or inspect his/her medical records, and a third party shall not be given a copy without authorization of the patient except as required by law and third party contract.
  2. A patient or resident is entitled to adequate and appropriate care and to receive information about his/her medical condition, proposed treatment and prospects for recovery, unless medically contraindicated by the physician in the medical record.
  3. A patient or resident is entitled to associate and have private communication with/her physician, attorney or any other person, and to send and receive personal mail unopened, unless medically contraindicated. A patient's or resident's civil and religious liberties shall not be infringed and the facility shall encourage and assist in the exercise of these rights.
  4. A patient or resident is entitled to be free from MENTAL and PHYSICAL ABUSE and, except as authorized by a physician, or as necessitated by an emergency to protect the patient, free from physical and chemical restraints.
  5. A nursing home, its owner, administrator, employee, or representative shall not discharge, harass, retaliate or discriminate against a patient because a patient has exercised rights protected by law.

Statute of Limitations For Michigan Nursing Home Abuse And Neglect Lawsuits

The statute of limitations for nursing home abuse varies from state to state. There are strict limitations for filing a nursing home abuse lawsuit. If you miss a deadline, your claim will be lost forever. To avoid these severe consequences, you should contact the Michigan personal injury lawyers at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. immediately. Our lawyers will start working on your case immediately, reviewing your entire medical chart to gather evidence necessary to prove and win your case. Call us now at (800) 606-1717.


The views expressed in this document are solely the views of the author and not Martindale-Hubbell. This document is intended for informational purposes only and is not legal advice or a substitute for consultation with a licensed legal professional in a particular case or circumstance.

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