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Approximately 2 million cases of elder abuse are reported in the United States each year, but many more go unreported because the victims are unwilling or unable to talk about abuse. It is often up to family members and friends to watch for signs of neglect or abuse.
If you believe an elderly loved one is a victim of neglect or abuse in Wisconsin, the Madison nursing home abuse attorneys at Boller & Vaughan are here to help. Our lawyers have an extensive record of success in elder abuse cases, and we can help you recover the compensation you need to cope with medical costs and other damages.
Call 608-268-0268 for your free consultation or tell us what happened online to get started now.
In the context of elder care, neglect and abuse are distinguished by intent.
If an elderly patient is deliberately harmed by a caregiver, that is abuse. Neglect is the failure of a caregiver to provide a patient’s needs, including food, water and medical treatment.
While nursing home abuse is often perpetrated by caregivers, resident-to-resident abuse is also a problem. If you suspect a loved one is a victim of abuse by a care provider or another resident, it’s a good idea to consult with an experienced nursing home abuse lawyer.
Nursing homes, community-based residential facilities (CBRFs) and other assisted-living centers have an obligation to provide necessary care and adequate supervision to protect the health and rights of their residents.
Wisconsin’s nursing home abuse laws and regulations are intended to help ensure the elderly are treated with courtesy, respect and dignity.
But neglect and abuse still occur in many nursing homes and other care facilities. And both neglect and abuse can result in severe and potentially fatal injuries to elderly patients, many of whom are already coping with health issues.
Common injuries and ailments that may be indicators of elder neglect or abuse include:
If you notice injuries or ailments that your loved one or his or her caregiver cannot adequately explain, it’s advisable to contact Wisconsin Adult Protective Services. Every county in Wisconsin maintains an elder abuse help line.
It’s also advisable to discuss your circumstances with a knowledgeable nursing home abuse lawyer who can help you understand your legal options and prevent similar abuse from happening to others.
The Madison nursing home abuse attorneys at Boller & Vaughan offer free consultations, and we have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of elder abuse victims and their families. Call us today at 608-268-0268.
There is no excuse for injuries related to nursing home neglect or abuse, but there are some common causes:
It’s a good idea for family and friends of nursing home residents to check in with them frequently and to maintain communicative relationships with caregivers. This can limit the chances for abuse and let the staff know you’re monitoring your loved one’s care.
One of the best ways to protect nursing home residents is to become familiar with the signs and symptoms of nursing home neglect and abuse. Indicators of nursing home abuse include but are not limited to:
Families and friends can investigate care providers on an individual basis using the Wisconsin Caregiver Misconduct Registry. The registry is an updated list of nurse aides and other non-credentialed caregivers with a substantiated finding of caregiver misconduct.
Moreover, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services operates adult protective services agencies in each county. Dane County’s elder abuse hotline can be reached at 608-261-9933.
A nursing home and elder abuse attorney can be an invaluable asset in pursuing justice for a loved one. Damages for nursing home abuse injuries may include compensation for:
The attorneys at Boller & Vaughan are dedicated to protecting the rights of nursing home residents, who are among our most vulnerable citizens. If you suspect an elderly loved one is being neglected or intentionally mistreated by a caregiver, don’t wait to call us at 608-268-0268 or contact us online.
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