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Michigan is the second worst state for nursing home abuse

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.

Medical malpractice is a major concern among patients

If your loved one suffers an injury or if you feel you've been mistreated while under the care of a medical provider, you're not alone. Thousands of people go through situations in which medical malpractice takes place every year. Errors are made, negligence happens and patients are put at risk.

When you go to the doctor, you expect him or her to do everything in one's power to make you well. Whether you're ailing from broken bones or cancer, you hope that the treatments received will do their jobs and help you feel more like yourself again. With the appropriate standard of care, you should remain as comfortable as possible while receiving appropriate medical treatment. 

Texting and driving just don't mix

Imagine driving down the street. You're focused on the road, but you notice an odd movement out of the corner of your eye. There, you see a vehicle traveling quickly.

In fact, you realize that the vehicle is going so fast that there is no way it will avoid you. You slam on your brakes, but you can't stop in time to avoid the other driver's mistake. You end up in a collision moments later and in the hospital shortly after that. 

Trump administration scales back penalties for elder abuse

As is the case with so many of our laws, the Elder Justice Act (EJA) of 2010 was designed to protect people from harm. Drafted in response to the growing number of elder abuse cases across the nation, the EJA gave the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) the ability to levy hefty fines against nursing home facilities found guilty of violating health and safety rules.

Sadly, a reversal made by the Trump administration recently has a lot of people wondering about the future safety of many nursing home residents. That's because the Administration is "scaling back the use of fines against nursing homes that harm residents or place them in grave risk of injury," states a CNN Money article

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