Despite increased awareness about nursing home abuse, as well as tougher federal regulations, the abuse and neglect of elderly patients remains a problem at nursing homes and assisted-living facilities in Wisconsin and across the country.
In fact, a recent article in USA Today indicates nearly one-third of the nation’s nursing homes received lower ratings on the federal government’s quality scale than they did the previous year. While the report suggests this is due to more stringent standards, it’s clear that there is still work to be done in safeguarding our elderly citizens who rely on the quality care these facilities are supposed to provide.
The Madison attorneys at Boller & Vaughan are dedicated to protecting the rights of nursing home residents. If you suspect a loved one is suffering from neglect or abuse in a nursing home or assisted-care center, please call us at 608-268-0268 for your free consultation with one of our experienced lawyers.
The Sad Consequences of Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse
A 2013 report from Milwaukee’s Fox6 News focused on two Wisconsin nursing homes found to have consistently violated state and federal regulations regarding the care of elderly patients. One of the cases cited in the report became the subject of a high-profile wrongful death lawsuit and led to testimony before the Wisconsin Senate. Continue reading
Recently, the Wisconsin personal injury law firm of Boller & Vaughan, LLC successfully closed one of the most heart-wrenching assisted living cases they have encountered.
Joshua Wahl, a charming 34 year-old man born with a number of physical and developmental disabilities, was a resident at Aurora Residential Alternatives (ARA), a Menomonie, Wisconsin community-based residential facility for individuals with disabilities, chronic mental illness and traumatic brain injuries. Joshua was born with spina bifida, moderate intellectual disability, was paralyzed from the chest down, and wheelchair bound. He was totally dependent on Aurora staff for all activities of his daily living. Continue reading
Finding the right care facility or nursing home for your loved ones can seem like looking for the proverbial ‘needle in a haystack.’ Once you’ve found the right facility, it is horrifying to think that nursing home abuse of any kind is occurring and that your loved one is unsafe. Unfortunately, though, nursing home abuse can occur. Continue reading
Placing a family member or loved one into a nursing home facility means placing your trust with that entity. You are assuming that they will be treated with kindness and receive proper medical care. However, there are certain unscrupulous nursing homes where the caretakers are neglectful or, worse still, abusive. In those cases, knowing the right way to file a nursing home abuse claim can be a positive start to rectifying a wrong. Continue reading
There are times when you need to find the community and support a nursing home provides for a loved one. After all, having trained professionals to make sure that your loved one does not miss medications, gets regular meals, and has a lower risk of falling without receiving assistance provides you with valuable peace of mind. This decision is never made lightly and makes any type of nursing home abuse all the more devastating. Continue reading