It is incredibly difficult for a loved one to be admitted to a nursing home or long-term care facility. As a nursing home abuse attorney and medical malpractice lawyer, it is an honor to fight for justice and accountability on behalf of injured clients and their families.
Elyse L. McKenna is an experienced medical malpractice and personal injury attorney who is passionate about seeking justice for those who have been injured while in the care of a physician, hospital, nursing home, or senior living facility. Ms. McKenna has significant experience handling matters involving birth trauma, emergency medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, radiology, urology, orthopedic surgery, general surgery, nursing, and nursing home care.
As a tenacious Michigan medical malpractice attorney with over six years of experience representing defendants in cases involving negligent acts at hospitals, senior living facilities, and nursing homes, Ms. McKenna is able to see cases from both sides. This unique perspective allows her to assess the strengths and weaknesses of each case and enables her to prepare a strong litigation strategy.
Before beginning her career as a medical malpractice lawyer, Ms. McKenna attended Michigan State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology, and the Franklin Thomas Backus School of Law at Case Western Reserve University, where she received her Juris Doctor degree.
While attending law school, Ms. McKenna pursued a concentration in Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution to help sharpen her oral advocacy skills. She completed that concentration with honors and was inducted to the Order of Barristers for excellence in oral advocacy and brief writing. She also participated in Moot Court and Mock Trial, winning a Best Litigator Award.
My father was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis a year before I was born, leaving him wheelchair-bound, unable to walk, and needing significant assistance with daily living activities. Ultimately, my family was forced to make the very difficult decision of placing my father in an assisted living facility. Unfortunately, various occasions arose in which he received grossly deficient care.
On one particular occasion, my dad’s feet were caught in the footboard of his bed, and, despite turning on his call light, personnel at the assisted living facility did not see or hear his calls for help for hours. It wasn’t until my mom and I arrived the next morning that we could free his extremities. However, he had already lost circulation in his toes by that time and was suffering excruciating pain.
I watched my mom, a nurse practitioner, constantly advocate to get my father the appropriate care he needed, whether it be pushing to make sure he was turned at appropriate intervals to prevent pressure ulcers or for his medications to be provided timely. However, he often still took a backseat to other residents, leaving my mother and I to fill in for staff to ensure his basic needs were met and any arising health issues were handled. I approach each case with the empathy that I have garnered from these personal experiences.
It is incredibly difficult for a loved one to be admitted to a nursing home or long-term care facility. In addition to facing a loss of independence, they may be subjected to mistreatment, abuse, and neglect. It is vital for our most vulnerable population to feel safe and cared for. As a nursing home abuse attorney and medical malpractice lawyer, it is an honor to fight for justice and accountability on behalf of injured clients and their families.
Please feel free to give me a call for a free consultation regarding your case. I take immense pride in my roles as a counselor, an advocate, and a listener. I look forward to speaking with you, learning about your case, and helping you get the answers you deserve.