Q: Family member suffered improper care and discharge from a rehab facility after stroke.
A family member suffered mistreatment. Subcutaneous shots given in same place resulting in bruising and pain when moving. These can be administered anywhere on body. He was to see a doctor to receive anti-depressants or anti anxiety meds which never happened. Before discharge home we were informed that physical therapists, doctors, and nurses will visit home on discharge to review his care. 10 mins before discharge we were told NONE of this was true. No PCP, no home visits set up, and medical equipment promised was not going to show up. He's 100% reliant on a feeding tube which was full of food and blocked when he arrived home. It is now covered with food inside. They failed to flush the tube, and blamed us, even though his next scheduled feeding wasn't for 2 hours later. We require a BP machine, something promised before release and never given. Necessary to administer blood pressure meds, discharge nurse never covered that with us, had we not read, we could have killed him first day
A: This is a matter to be discussed with a Michigan medical malpractice attorney, but your question remains open for five weeks. As a general matter, regardless of jurisdiction, medical malpractice is determined on the basis of there being a certain duty of care, a breach of that duty, damages that ensue from the breach, and a causal connection between the breach of duty and damages.
I'm sorry your family experienced such a stressful transition from facility to home. This is ordinarily something that requires planning and coordination between a hospital/facility and patient's family. You present many facts and details, and in making an assessment of the situation, it's likely that an attorney who felt that there was a viable claim to pursue would want to see the medical records. For starters, contact a Michigan med mal attorney. They often work on a contingency basis and most provide free initial consultations. Good luck.
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