What is nursing home abuse?
Nursing home abuse encompasses more than just outright physical assaults and wrongdoing. It includes neglect, which can be a passive and unintentional failure to tend to the needs of a nursing home resident. That may not sound so bad, but it can quickly lead to death and it can be torturous for the victim.
Nursing home residents typically need an intense level of supervision and care. They cannot do it for themselves. That is why they are there. Little things, like always having a glass of water within their reach, can literally become a matter of life and death. The slightest bit of inattentiveness to a call for help can be fatal.
Sadly, nursing home abuse also reaches into more intentional and extreme areas. It can include:
- Sexual assault
- Physical violence or abuse
- Mental and emotional abuse
- Theft or financial coercion
What should I do if I suspect that my loved one is currently the victim of nursing home abuse or has been the victim of nursing home abuse?
Contact an experienced Madison nursing home abuse attorney. The nursing home abuse lawyers of Boller & Vaughan LLC are dedicated to stamping out long-term care abuse and neglect and we have a reputation in the state of Wisconsin and nationwide for our expertise with nursing home negligence and abuse cases. We can help you get the compensation you need and deserve.
If you think the abuse is occurring right now, it is imperative that you take immediate action. Nursing home neglect and abuse injuries can turn fatal in an instant. You need to get your loved one out of there and into a safe facility right away.
What should I do if I suspect nursing home abuse, but I do not really know the victim personally?
You should report it to the long-term care ombudsman, State licensing agency and the Department of Health and Family Services. If you are uncertain and hesitant to make a report, explain your uncertainty but do not hesitate to let someone know about your concerns. It could save lives.
If you believe that you or a loved one has been or is currently the victim or nursing home abuse in Madison or anywhere in Wisconsin, please call Boller & Vaughan LLC at 608-268-0268 or submit an online questionnaire. Your initial consultation with Boller & Vaughan LLC is free of charge and if we agree to handle your case, we will work on a contingency fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary recovery of funds. In many cases, a personal injury lawsuit must be filed before an applicable expiration date, known as a statute of limitations. Please call right away to ensure that you do not waive your right to possible compensation.