All too often, low pay rates and chronic understaffing leads to a high turnover among nursing home employees, particularly among nurses’ aides and other unskilled workers. As a result, nursing homes often fail to properly screen employees before hiring them, simply in an attempt to keep a full staff. When this situation occurs, serious harm can come to residents at the hands of individuals who never should have been working at a nursing home in the first place.
Some individuals may have a criminal background that should preclude them from working in a nursing home, or others may have had previous incidents or allegations of abuse when working at other nursing homes or residential facilities. While no employee screening system is foolproof, facilities that provide care to some of Wisconsin’s most vulnerable individuals should have reasonable employee screening methods in place to help ensure the safety of their residents.
In addition to pre-employment screening, nursing homes should strictly monitor employees’ cell phone and social media usage. A recent investigative report pointed out numerous incidents, including incidents that occurred at three Wisconsin hospitals, of nursing home employees posting degrading and dehumanizing photos of nursing home residents on different forms of social media, including Snapchat and Instagram.
The nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers of Boller & Vaughan are experienced in ensuring that nursing homes and other elderly care facilities live up to reasonable standards in screening and hiring employees. When a nursing facility fails to do so, and injury to a resident occurs, the nursing facility may be liable for those injuries. We know how to investigate your case, assess your situation and determine whether you or your loved one has any potential claims against nursing home staff or the nursing home itself. Contact Boller & Vaughan today and learn how we can help you through this difficult situation.
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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.
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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.