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When to Report Nursing Home Abuse

In the Madison, WI area, nursing homes are regulated by the Department of Health Services (DHS).  Mainly due to the fact that Medicare and Medicaid funding are accepted. According to the Code of Federal Regulation, nursing home residents are required to get prompt and adequate medical attention, the right to participate in their own care plan, and a right to dignity.  Of course, there are a number of other specific resident’s rights and, in addition, a resident’s family has the right to be properly informed by the nursing home of any significant change.

Knowing this, it makes it clear that if there is ever any issue regarding nursing home negligence or abuse,  your best bet is to consult with a Madison nursing home abuse attorney like our legal team at Boller & Vaughan LLC. Call (608) 807-0078 for your free case evaluation.

Filing a Nursing Home Complaint

In the State of Wisconsin, the Department of Health Services conducts regular nursing home inspections. These audits may result in a survey or a Statement of Deficiency (SOD) issued to the home itself. All SODs are public records. If you have any issues or concerns about the nursing home or assisted living facility treatment or care  you or a loved one receives, here is where you can file a DHS complaint:

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SERVICES

Division of Quality Assurance

P.O. Box 2969

Madison, WI 52701

(608) 266-8481

Once an official SOD is issued, then there is the possibility that an Immediate Jeopardy citation from the state may also be issued for severe violations. In this situation, it is abundantly clear that the nursing home or assisted living facility has created conditions in which there is a substantial probability for death or serious physical harm or mental distress to residents.

Examples of Citations

In one example, the nursing home facility in question was issued federal citations for failing to prevent accidents or adequately supervise residents with proper assistive devices. Other citations can be:

  • Failing to obtain medical or laboratory results in a timely manner.
  • Failure to investigate alleged violations or abuse.
  • Failure to provide services or care at the highest level.
  • Failure to prevent bedsores.

If you or a loved one has any questions about nursing home or assisted living care, please contact our Madison nursing home abuse team at Boller & Vaughan, LLC. Call (608) 807-0078 to receive your free case evaluation.

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Is a Concussion Cause for a Personal Injury Case?

There are a number of ways you can get a concussion. Concussions are a leading cause of traumatic brain injury and most commonly occur as a result of an accident which shakes your upper body or head violently.

Symptoms of Concussion

The mild traumatic brain injury that is a concussion can manifest with an assortment of physical, emotional, or cognitive impacts. These include:

  • Confusion
  • Speech slurring
  • Nausea or queasiness
  • Irritability
  • Impaired concentration and memory loss
  • Heightened sensitivities to light and noise
  • Ringing in ears (Tinnitus)
  • Taste and smell disorders

Concussions are similar to any other medical diagnosis or injury. You can only claim damages for your or a loved one’s concussion injury when it is part of a personal injury case. If your doctor believes that your concussion or mild traumatic brain injury is related to the accident which is the basis of your lawsuit, have your doctor write that in your medical records. You may also have to get a second opinion to confirm the cause of your injury.

If you or a loved one is concussed due to someone else’s recklessness or negligence, be sure to receive the compensation you need for a rightful recovery. Please contact Boller & Vaughan, LLC, our Madison, WI accident lawyer team. Call (608) 807-0078 for a free case evaluation.

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How to Prevent an Auto Accident

The easiest and least costly way to recover from an auto accident is to not have one in the first place. You can’t change the behavior of other drivers, but you can do your best to drive defensively and prepare for other motorists’ poor behavior. The Madison auto accident lawyers at Boller & Vaughan LLC encourage you to place the safety of your family and yourself first by observing a few common sense tips.

●       Don’t drink and drive. This cannot be repeated enough times. Alcohol and driving do not mix. It’s dangerous, and you could face criminal charges.

●       Stay awake. Make sure you’re rested before you get behind the wheel.

●       Don’t drive while distracted. Texting while driving receives the most attention, but any task that takes your eyes off the road and your mind off driving is risky. Stay focused!

●       Yield, don’t take, right-of-way. If another motorist fails to see you, then it doesn’t matter who did or did not have the right-of-way. Assume the worst and hope for the best.

●       Maintain your car. Good maintenance can prevent the unexpected. Check your tires before all major trips, and have your brakes checked periodically.

Even the most attentive and prepared motorists can end up in an auto accident. If you’re the victim of another driver’s carelessness, please contact Boller & Vaughan LLC, or call 608-807-0078 to schedule a free consultation with one of our auto accident attorneys in Madison, WI.

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