Statistics indicate that there are about 2.7 million lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) adults in America who are age 50 or older. Over one million of these individuals are age 65 or older. About one-third of LGBT older adults live at or below 200% of the federal poverty level, and about one in five LGBT older adults are people of color. These characteristics combine to place many older LGBT adults in situations that can make them particularly vulnerable to abuse and neglect at the hands of their caregivers.
For instance, less than half of the states have laws preventing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, which can pose a problem when it comes to finding quality and affordable housing. In fact, a study by the Equal Rights Center of older LGBT adults applying for housing in 10 different states revealed that 48% of the same-sex couples encountered discrimination, usually based on differences in price and availability of housing. Some senior living communities, assisted living facilities, and nursing homes are not welcoming to the LGBT population. When income and assets are limited, LGBT seniors may have few options for housing; as a result, they may have to receive substandard care or live in a facility in which any discrimination will go unchecked.
As you can see from the issues raised above, LGBT older adults face a unique set of challenges that other older individuals may not face. All too often, nursing home staff members do not properly care for their residents, which can lead directly to their injuries resulting from abuse or neglect. At Boller & Vaughan, we focus on protecting the rights of those who have suffered neglectful or abusive actions at the hands of caregivers at nursing home facilities. We have the skills and knowledge to delve into the facts your case, consider all available options, and advocate on your behalf by bringing any legal claims that you may have against the nursing home in question, or its staff members. Call your Wisconsin nursing home neglect and abuse attorneys at (608) 268-0268 and schedule your free consultation today.
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We live in Friendship, Wisconsin, and Boller & Vaughan came to our doorstep to discuss our mother’s wrongful death claim on a Saturday morning. Not only were we pleased with the large recovery, we were so thankful to have lawyers who were willing to explain to us every twist and turn along the way. It is great to know there is a law firm that will fight for the rights of elderly people all over Wisconsin.
Mr. Boller and Ms. Vaughan were incredible in working on my case and my daughter’s case. I was out of work and in the hospital with a new baby. Mr. Boller and Ms. Vaughan protected our rights and it was a pleasure to work with them. I hope never to be in another motor vehicle accident, however, if I am and I am injured, I will contact Boller & Vaughan immediately.
I was referred to Michelle through a friend. I have never had a better experience. It took a little over a year to get my settlement but the staff there stayed in constant contact and kept me in the loop. Oh, and Michelle actually got me MORE money than we discussed. I will refer anyone to this firm. Words cannot do justice the thanks that I have for Michelle and her staff (Mary especially) thank you guys so much!
After my husband died as a result of a motor vehicle accident, Boller & Vaughan spent countless hours talking with me, meeting with me in person, and making sure that I was okay. The drunk driver who hit us did not have any insurance, and we had to make a claim through our own insurance. Boller & Vaughan was fantastic at explaining the law to me and the handling of our claims.
After my son was injured in a daycare setting, Ms. Vaughan took the time to thoroughly investigate our case and my son’s injuries. Michele was approachable and had answers to our questions. Talking with her helped to relieve many of our anxieties.