November 27, 2011
Three former workers who were fired from Whitehall Healthcare Center of Ann Arbor in Michigan after reporting nursing home abuse are now suing the nursing home saying their whistleblowing is what led to their termination.
The three certified nursing aids were each fired after reporting an incident of abuse at the nursing home. One CNA was fired after reporting an incident where a patient fell, and the other two were fired after reporting that maggots were found in a resident’s catheter region.
The former employees have filed the lawsuit under Michigan’s Whistleblower Protection Act. The lawsuit requests a jury trial and seeks compensation for money lost due to unemployment, mental and emotional distress, and other damages due to wrongful termination.
An attorney for the fired employees says it is important that nursing home workers file reports when abuse or neglect is found given that nursing home residents often cannot speak for themselves.
It is also important to contact a nursing home abuse lawyer if you or a loved one has experienced any sort of abuse or neglect in a nursing facility.