While many people think of staff members at nursing homes as the individuals responsible for elder abuse, the reality is that resident-on-resident abuse is rapidly becoming a serious problem in American nursing homes. An inability to properly supervise and control potentially violent residents in a nursing home setting can lead to severe injuries and even death to other residents. Administrators and owners of nursing homes have a duty to ensure the safety of their residents, no matter whether the threat to the residents’ safety comes from a staff member or another resident. By properly staffing nursing homes and ensuring that staff members appropriately monitor residents, nursing home administrators can help protect residents from harming one another.
A resident of a nursing home who harms another resident is almost never to blame. In many cases, the resident suffers from dementia or another mental defect that does not permit him or her to act appropriately or refrain from hurting other residents. However, most resident-on-resident abuse occurs as a direct result of a lack of supervision by nursing home staff. It is the duty and responsibility of nursing home staff to protect all residents, including any threats that other residents pose. If staff members fail to meet this responsibility, then those employees and the nursing home itself could be liable for any injuries that the nursing home resident suffers.
If you or a loved one is seriously injured as a result of the violent behavior of another nursing home resident, or your family has suffered the loss of a loved one due to injuries sustained while in a nursing home, you and your family may be entitled to compensation on behalf of your relative. Determining fault, measuring negligence, and assessing duties of care are all very fact-specific inquiries that necessitate the involvement of an experienced Madison elder abuse attorney at Boller & Vaughan. We can not only help you with these determinations, but we will be there to support you throughout any claims for compensation that you or your loved one may have against staff members individually and/or the nursing care facility for neglect, lack of supervision, and staffing shortages.
Financial exploitation is a common form of abuse of the elderly, especially among nursing home residents, who may not be closely monitored or cared for by nursing home staff. Unfortunately, financial abuse of older Americans […]
Medicare.gov, the official U.S. government site for Medicare, operates the Nursing Home Compare database. This website is a source of detailed information for every Medicaid and Medicare-certified nursing home in the United States, which number […]
"*" indicates required fields
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.